Award-winning golf in Wilmington

by Sep 29, 2015Greater Cape Fear, Outdoor Recreation

A number of golf courses in the Wilmington area have achieved significant recognition for their layout, design, maintenance and overall quality. These courses will provide a wonderful way to spend your leisure time.


Beau Rivage Golf & Resort, located on Carolina Beach Road, is a par 72, 18-hole course that earned a 4-star rating from Golf Digest. It is the only club in Wilmington with its own resort featuring spacious villas of 900 square feet overlooking the course. The villas are equipped with free wi-fi, wet bar, microwave, mini fridge and cable tv and stay and play packages are offered at moderate prices.
Individuals or groups can enroll in the Golf School that is available year round with either one day or three complete, intensive days of training available. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] The practice facilities include an elevated driving range, chipping and pitching area with a sand bunker and “rough” grass as well as a putting green.
Beau Rivage is always meticulously maintained, a good thing in a course that can prove challenging with its elevation changes of up to 75 feet, blind spots and water hazards.
The greens are outstanding and are known for their smoothness and speed. The course drains very quickly, which is a blessing in an area that can receive a lot of rainfall in a short period of time.
The Cape Fear River serves as the backdrop on eight different golf holes at Beau Rivage, which creates beautiful vistas throughout the course. The facility is semi-private and has very attractive rates, especially for a course of this caliber.
Beau Rivage has a beautiful clubhouse and dining facility and golf outings also are welcome at Beau Rivage.[/read]

649 Rivage Promenade
Wilmington, NC 28412
Head Professional: Greg Pitts
Superintendent: Wallace Chavis
Blue Tees: 6709 yards, 72.4/138
White Tees: 6166 yards, 70.1/133
Gold Tees: 5701 yards, 67.7/123
Green Tees: 5087 yards, 69.7/128
Red Tees: 4662 yards, 68.2/115


The newest golf course in the Wilmington area is Cape Fear National Golf The newest golf course in the Wilmington area is Cape Fear National, located in Brunswick Forest, the largest planned community recently started here. Although the course just opened in April 2010, it is already enjoying great success. Cape Fear National was first named one of best new courses by Golfweek in 2010, and then was honored as one of the ten best new courses by Golf Magazine.[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
Tim Cate, who is known for his attention to detail and imaginative routing, designed Cape Fear National. He has built a number of courses in the Carolinas that have won awards, but feels this is his best yet.
The course winds through heavily undulating land and sweeps past large expanses of maple, oak and magnolia trees as well as cypress and pines. There are very picturesque vistas too, with wildflowers in bloom throughout the course, abundant water features including three waterfalls, and several bridges cut through wetlands.
The driving range features grass hitting areas and there are practice putting and chipping areas too.
The large clubhouse at Cape Fear National has a fully stocked pro shop as well as both indoor and outdoor dining and/or bar areas. The club is happy to host golf outings and tournaments. It also is possible to rent the facility for such special events as rehearsal dinners, anniversary or birthday parties and family reunions.
Cape Fear National is easily accessible from downtown Wilmington, since it is located just five miles south on Highway 17 in Leland.[/read]

1281 Cape Fear National Drive
Leland, NC 28451

Head Professional: Ron Thomson
Superintendent: Jim Hahn

Black Tees: 7217 yards, 74.5/143
Blue Tees: 6686 yards, 71.9/134
White Tees: 6195 yards, 69.8/127
Silver Tees: 5603 yards, 67.1/111
Green Tees: 4802 yards, 67.9/114

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