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Beau Rivage Resort Golf Club. Of more than 40 public-access golf courses in the Greater Wilmington area, Beau Rivage is the only one with its own resort, which comprises a collection of 900-square foot villas overlooking the course. Against a backdrop of Cape Fear (visible from eight holes), the course changes elevation up to 75 feet, challenging players to dance with the wind for accurate placement. A well-equipped practice facility (driving range, chipping and putting area, sand bunkers, rough grass, and putting green) is among a nice group of amenities here. 649 Rivage Promenade, South Metro, Wilmington, NC, 28412. 910/392–9021 or 800/628–7080. www.beaurivagegolf.com. $56 Mon.–Thurs. before noon; $50 noon–close; $60 Fri.–Sun. before noon; $56 noon–close. 18 holes, 6709 yards, par 72.
Aquatic Safaris. Wrecks such as the World War II oil tanker John D. Gill, sunk by Germans in 1942 on her second-ever voyage, make for exciting scuba diving off the Cape Fear Coast. Aquatic Safaris offers tuition and certification, rents and services scuba equipment, and leads charters trips to dive sites. 7220 Wrightsville Av., Wilmington, NC, 28403. 910/392–4386. www.aquaticsafaris.com.
Cape Fear Riverboats, Inc.. From April through December, this company runs variety of cruises aboard a three-deck, 156-foot riverboat, the Henrietta III, which departs from docks at Water and Dock streets. Day and night cruises are available—some with meals; some, without. Specialty cruises, including murder mystery dinner cruises and special event cruises on holidays, often sell out, so book early. 101 S. Water St., Downtown, Wilmington, NC, 28401. 910/343–1611 or 800/676–0162. www.cfrboats.com.