Cape Fear National
Championship golf at its best.
Destined to be one of the coastal South’s most distinguished golf courses, Brunswick Forest’s Cape Fear National® offers 18 holes of championship golf in a setting of unmatched beauty.
At Cape Fear National®, golf course architect Tim Cate has designed a playing field as dramatic as the landscape itself. Magnificent forests of mature oaks, maples, pines and magnolias create the old-world ambiance of some of the Southeast’s most seasoned courses. The Cape Fear National® Golf Course winds through heavily undulating land and features several bridges through wetlands, three waterfalls and beach bunkers, all flanked by native grasses and wildflowers, adding to the course’s considerable aesthetics. Each hole is laid out to dazzle the eye and challenge golfers at every level.
A 7,000-square-foot clubhouse features indoor and outdoor dining, as well as a pro shop and locker rooms, making the overall golf experience as gracious off the course as on.
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Cape Fear National® offers a variety of practice facilities for each area of your game. Hone your skills before or after play on the driving range with target greens, an expansive putting green, or a variety of short game and chipping areas.
Call Cape Fear National® at 910.383.3283, today to schedule your one-on-one lessons with these experienced professionals.
Cape Fear National® Golf Course Architect, Tim Cate
Tim Cate is a renowned and revered golf course architect, registered landscape architect, and land planner based in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. With more than 23 years of experience in his profession, he has always been associated with projects of high standards and quality.
Through total dedication and attention to detail, his golf courses, including Cape Fear National®, are recognized as premium facilities. Tim has garnered some highly prestigious awards, including Best New Golf Course in both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine and America’s Best New Courses from Golf Digest.
A Q&A with Tim Cate, one of the top golf course designers in the southeastern United States:
What sets Cape Fear National® apart from other golf courses in the Wilmington area?
Detail application, both on the golf course and in the areas that surround the golf course. I started as a landscape architect, which helps me present the golf course and the areas surrounding it in a very sophisticated, upscale manner. Many of the hazard areas are aesthetically pleasing, featuring colorful plants and native grasses.
The course features over 1,500 linear feet of bridges, three separate waterfalls, several ponds, strategically placed rock walls, drive-through sand waste areas, and beach bunkers that run into the ponds. More than 1.5 million cubic yards of earth were moved to design Cape Fear National®.
Can you describe Cape Fear National® in a couple of sentences?
A challenging, visually-stunning golf course designed to use the natural areas encompassing the golf course to enhance the course aesthetics, and the golf course design to enhance the natural areas around the course.
Cape Fear National® is a fun course to play and is aesthetically unmatched in the Wilmington area.
What features are consistent with Tim Cate designed golf courses?
I only work with high-end golf courses. Quality is always of the utmost importance to me and if that is not the number-one priority of the client, I will pass on the project. I pride myself on designing golf courses that provide an aesthetically pleasing, memorable experience to all levels of golfers.
Every shot needs a challenge, visual interest and difficulty level. I am always 100 percent dedicated to each project, ensuring that the course exceeds my client’s expectations. I am constantly tweaking the course until the day it is grassed. A great deal of thought and creativity goes into each and every hole.
Were you given any specific directions regarding the design of Cape Fear National®?
The client gave me simple instructions: “Build us the best golf course in the Wilmington market.” Then they provided the resources to accomplish their goal.
Which do you feel is the signature hole on the first eighteen?
My goal is to make each hole spectacular and memorable. If I were to pick my favorite hole, I would pick hole number 13. It’s a par four, dogleg right that plays 400+ yards from the back tees.
There is a giant berm that runs along the far right side of the entire hole. That berm features native grasses, wax myrtles and wildflowers that really make it stand out. There is a waste bunker that runs between the fairway and the berm until about 60 yards out from the green where it crosses between the fairway and the green.
The cypress marsh also frames a couple of the holes on the course.
Golf carts travel through the waste area for the majority of this spectacular hole, with a pond running along the length of it. Grass bunkers are strategically placed beside the pond to keep the ball from making it to the water if traveling along the ground. There is plenty of mounding around the green complex to accent this large target.
However, all of the following holes would be considered contenders for the signature hole designation: five, eight, nine, fifteen, and seventeen.
What tips would you give to golfers playing Cape Fear National®?
Pay close attention to your yardage book and don’t bite off more than you can chew. I hope you enjoy playing the golf course as much as I enjoyed designing it.
Awards & Accolades
Although Cape Fear National® was completed as recently as 2009, it is already known as one of the finest layouts in the Wilmington area and surrounding region.
Among the awards Cape Fear National® has won: