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This edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand takes us Wilmington, North Carolina.  We take a trip to Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest.  Cape Fear National is just 5 miles south of historic downtown Wilmington and just 45 minutes north of Myrtle Beach.  Either way golfers are coming, it is worth a stop at this fantastic golf course.

Cape Fear National was recently name “#11 Best Course You Can Play in North Carolina” by Golfweek magazine.  Offering a golfing experience that is unparalleled in the area for both beginning golfers and avid experienced golfer, Cape Fear needs to be on all golfers list.

First assistant professional, Blake Valand joins us this week with a tip on how to stay cool and hydrated on the course in the heat of the summertime.  This is very helpful considering how warm it can get in the Carolinas in the summer.

Blake’s first tip is to stay hydrated!  It seems kind of unnecessary to say, but it is very important for golfers to drink plenty of fluids while on the course.  It is easy to forget about hydration in the midst of a round of golf.  Especially at a scenic place like Cape Fear National.

Water and Powerade or Gatorade are the best things to drink to replace the fluids that golfers sweat out during the course of 18-holes of play.  It is vitally important to replace the fluids in the body.  The hear index is very high in the summer and many golfers may not even feel how much they are sweating and the water and potassium loss.

Also, use sunscreen!  The sun is very hot in the summer.  We have all be sunburned during a round of golf.  It is not fun at all to wake up the next day after a round of golf where the sun scorched the back of our neck.

In addition to proper application of sunscreen, wear a hat.  A hat or visor will help keep the off the face.  The big brimmed hats do well to keep sun off not only the face, but also neck and ears.  We all know how harmful the suns rays can be to the skin.  Too much sun can even cause skin cancer.  It takes no time before and during a round of golf to protect yourself from the sun so Blake says “Do it!”

For more information about the course or to make a tee time visit the website at

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