Cape Fear National

15 Mar 2015

Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest has established itself as Wilmington’s go-to premium public golf course. Located in the 4,500-acre master-planned community of Brunswick Forest and just five miles south of downtown Wilmington, this year the course celebrates its 5th full year open.

Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest

Most golfers assume that Cape Fear National is private and are surprised to find out that this award-winning golf course is accessible to the public. Cape Fear National’s conditions rival those of area private courses; in fact, it was recently named #11 Best Course You Can Play in NC by Golfweek Magazine.

The challenging, visually stunning golf course was designed by Tim Cate, one of the top golf course designers in the Southeast United States. The course features over 1,500 linear feet of bridges, three separate waterfalls, several ponds, strategically placed rock walls, drive-through sand waste areas, beach bunkers that run into the ponds, as well as a host of colorful plants and native grasses. The Cypress marsh also frames a couple of the holes on the back nine. Overall, Catedesigned the course to use the natural areas encompassing the golf course to enhance the surrounding aesthetics.

Cate began his career as a landscape architect, and he credits that experience with helping him to present the golf course and the surrounding areas in a sophisticated, upscale manner. He prides himself on designing golf courses that provide an aesthetically pleasing, memorable experience for golfers of all levels.

“Every shot needs a challenge, visual interest and difficulty level,” he says. “A great deal of thought and creativity goes into each and every hole.He cautions players to pay close attention to their yardage book, as the course is deceptively challenging. “I hope you enjoy playing the golf course as much as I enjoyed designing it.”

For more information about Cape Fear National, to find out how you can host your next corporate/social outing, or to take advantage of the Cape Fear Player Card Program, visit

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