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What is the Cape Fear Country Club?

Ben Steelman

A private golf and social club, founded in 1893, the Cape Fear Country Club is located at 1518 Country Club Road, Wilmington [Map this]. Its 18-hole, 72-par golf course was designed by Donald J. Ross.

From 1949 to 1971, the country club was home to the Azalea Open, a PGA-sanctioned golf tournament. Originally held each year during the Azalea Festival, it was later moved to Thanksgiving. Golfers such as Arnold Palmer. Sam Snead, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus played the event. Rising costs, a lack of major sponsors and competition from the Greater Greensboro Open eventually doomed the Azalea Open to oblivion.

The country club is not linked to the Cape Fear Club.

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