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Founded in 1896, Cape Fear Country Club is the oldest private country club in North Carolina

In 1896 a handful of gentlemen shared a mutual appreciation for a new game called golf in Wilmington, North Carolina. This marked the official beginning of Cape Fear Country Club. The first Club location was within a public park on the property of the old Hilton Plantation, situated north of the Port City. Over the years the Club has relocated from Hilton Park, to the north side of Oleander Drive, and to the south side of Oleander Drive. The Clubhouse has been rebuilt four times, the first building was a modest cottage built-in 1900, in comparison to today’s grand structure. Through the years the Club's facilities have hosted major celebrations and sporting events. The PGA Tour held the Azalea Open at Cape Fear Country Club from 1949 to 1971.

Today, it is the vision of the Cape Fear Country Club to be one of the premier country clubs in North Carolina. Along with golf, we feature first-rate tennis, swimming, fitness facilities, dining, youth activities, and social events. Also, the Club is committed to helping our Wilmington, NC community. Our members and staff annually dedicate thousands of volunteer hours to support local programs. We have partnered with the Wilmington Food Bank, Salvation Army, Toy for Tots, Pink Ribbon Project, the First Tee, One Love Tennis, Lump to Laughter, United Way - Stuff the Bus, and more.

The PGA Tour held the Azalea Open at Cape Fear Country Club from 1949 to 1971



Come for a day. Stay for a lifetime.

At Cape Fear Country Club, members become friends for a lifetime and families share experiences that are cherished for generations to come. It is our commitment to creating memories for our members and their guests. For membership information, please contact your friends, coworkers, or acquaintances who are presently members of the Club. Individuals proposed for membership have to be 21 and older, and we provide equal opportunity to all applicants without regard to race, religion, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or any other characteristics.

Membership Staff


Kathryn Jackson


Membership Director