cape fear logocape fear nationalHost Shan Coughlin welcomes Brad Walker for the Play Cape Fear National April 2015 Update edition of Tee It UP Wilmington.  Located in Leland North Carolina, Cape Fear National Golf Club is located just five miles south of Wilmington, 15 minutes from the Wilmington airport right off Highway 17, this course is located in perfect position for a first or last round for visitors to the area and certainly for locals in the Wilmington area.   Cape Fear National is celebrating it’s fifth anniversary this month making it the newest course in both the Grand Strand/Myrtle Beach and Wilmington areas.  With the tee sheets full, the anniversary celebrations are being planned for this June so stay tuned for those announcements.

Things that are unique to this course are the cypress marsh that surrounds some of the front nine, the drive through waste bunkers, beach bunkers that flow empty right to the water, and the very large green complexes with the heat resistant A1 A4 bent grass that normally roll about a 10 on the stimpmeter.  Typically when you hear drive through waste bunkers you don’t think of a cypress marsh as well.  Brad tells Shan that over 1.5 million cubic yards of earth was moved to shape this golf course.  Architect Tim Cate created this combination links style/Pinehurst Carolina style course which really flows smoothly.  Starting as a landscape architect, you will see his design traits throughout including a rock wall and the natural grasses.  The high attention to detail is evident throughout the course and clubhouse keep people coming back once they have tried it.

cape fear bgCape Fear National has hosted and will host several high caliber events.  Brad said they were lucky to be the host course for the 1st annual Cape Fear Inter – Collegiate with Appalachian State as the host course this past March.  Over 100 golfers competed at a very high level with the low round for the tournament coming in at 66.  They are also looking forward to hosting, for the second year in a row, the Carolina’s PGA Senior Open this year.  Last year, Jay Haas’ brother and Wake Forest golf coach Jerry Haas won with a final round of 64.  Great facilities draw great events so you will definitely want to add Cape Fear National to your play list.

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