The Takeaway: More of a target golf experience, Cape Fear National asks for players to be accurate if they don’t want to lose a dozen golf balls. Originally laid out in a secluded setting with a sense of nature, the course was always intended as part of a residential development. Grade B
Designer: Tim Cate in 2010
Cost: $45.00 - $90.00 (cart and driving range included) Click for current rates
Phone Number: (910) 383-3283
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Cape Fear National's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 1281 Cape Fear National Drive, Leland, North Carolina 28451
Accolades: Ranked 7th in North Carolina on Golf Course Gurus' Best in State list.
What to Expect: Cape Fear National enjoys an impressive setting that is a combination of forest and wetlands. Numerous forced carries are required throughout the round over wetlands and environmentally sensitive areas, but the overall width of the fairways and playing corridors is sufficient for such penal surroundings. The bunkering is expansive and flashy which adds to the overall aesthetics of the property. The conditioning is fantastic and is a testament to the hybrid grasses that are being developed. The Tifway 419 Bermuda strain of grass found on the tees and fairways coupled with the A-1/A-4 bentgrass greens proves to be a winning combination at every course I’ve played in the South that has adopted that playing surface. The fairways run well, help the ball sit up a touch, and the greens run beautifully. Overall, Cape Fear National is a gem and offers a different setting and style of course to the area; speaking of a different style, this track has the unique distinction of finishing with a par three on the front nine and the back nine.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 13th Hole – 427 Yard Par 4
Best Par 3: 14th Hole – 203 Yards
Best Par 4: 17th Hole – 442 Yards
Best Par 5: 15th Hole – 559 Yards
Birdie Time: 7th Hole – 381 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 8th Hole – 576 Yard Par 5