Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest: Expect big future
May 6, 2010Brunswick Forest
Cape Fear National is the Cape Fear Coast’s newest premier golfing destination and is open for public play. A Tim Cate design, the course held its official grand opening in April of 2010 and has been receiving rave reviews ever since. The first 18 of the eventual 27-hole layout features a rippling landscape mixed with cypress, pine, maple, oak and magnolia trees. Multiple holes are intertwined throughout with preserved wetlands and scenic lakes to make for a natural and enjoyable walk through the course.
Cape Fear National hole #4 Cape Fear National’s challenging layout can stretch from 4802 to 7217 yards with multiple tee options to fit your game. The tees, fairways, and primary rough are grassed in Tifway 419 Bermuda. Cape Fear National’s heat tolerant A-1/A-4 bent grass greens are large (an average of 8500 square feet) and challenging. Over fifty sculpted bunker complexes and three giant waste bunkers which run tee to green are filled with brilliant white SP 55 sand (the same premium blend as Augusta National). Lush Empire zoysia grass surrounds these flowing bunker complexes which guard primary fairway landing areas and protect the inviting green sites. Over 1.5 million cubic yards of earth was moved to create the dramatic berms, elevated tees, meandering fairways, and sculpted features throughout the course. The landscape includes 1,500 feet of bridges, three waterfalls, beach bunkers that run into ponds, and retaining walls made from huge boulders. The driving range offers grass hitting stations, and one of the most extensive short game practice areas in the region.
Cape Fear National hole #7The PGA professional staff offers golf instruction and junior summer camps. Additional property amenities for guests include a golf shop, spacious banquet and meeting rooms and bar and grill. A limited number of annual passes are being made available to non residents.
Course architect Tim Cate has firmly established himself as one of the most respected names in golf course architecture. In the last decade, he has created award-winning courses throughout the Carolinas including Tiger’s Eye and Leopard’s Chase in Sunset Beach; Player’s Club in Southport; and Thistle Golf Club in Calabash. Renowned for his attention to detail and innovative routing, Cate continues to raise the bar with each new course he designs. He predicts Cape Fear National will become known as his best work yet.
Cape Fear National hole #8Cape Fear National is located in Brunswick Forest. Brunswick Forest is a master-planned community being built around the lush landscape of a 4,500-acre forest, featuring a wide variety of individual neighborhoods and amenities linked by miles of paths and trailways. Located just 10 minutes from historic Wilmington, N.C., on U.S. Hwy. 17, amenities include 18 holes of world-class golf at Cape Fear National; an 18,000-square-foot Wellness/Fitness Center with state-of-the art fitness facilities, tennis courts, and indoor and outdoor pools; a Community Garden with greenhouses, orchards, gardens and related facilities; an extensive network of parks, nature preserves, paths and trail ways; and The Villages at Brunswick Forest, a major retail center with shops, dining, entertainment and professional offices, located at the community’s entrance.
For tee times, call the pro shop at 910.383.3283. Visit On The Green’s write-up for more information about Cape Fear National.