North Carolina is known for being one of the best states for golf in America, thanks to a mild climate that not only draws people outdoors but also keeps golf courses green all year round.
Raleigh golf courses offer residents and visitors a great golf experience, with 19 golf courses here in the city alone, and another 22 golf courses within 20 miles.
Research Triangle Park benefits from its numerous universities since each one offers public access to challenging courses. What’s particularly appealing is that you don’t have to be enrolled in these universities to access these golf courses.
These Raleigh golf courses have helped make the city not only a popular university town but also a golfers paradise.
Raleigh Golf Courses
Research Triangle Park is home to three universities. With so many students residing in Raleigh it is typically known for its nightlife, great food, and music festivals.
However, Raleigh is also known for hosting highly rated golf courses, including playing courses on local campuses.
Lonnie Poole Golf Course
The Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University is the only collegiate golf course in the world designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer. It’s also the longest course in the area, at 7,358 yards.
Lonnie Poole is home to the men’s and women’s golf teams at NCSU and it’s a training ground for the university’s golf management program.
Additionally, this course is unique for being an Audubon International Signature Golf Sanctuary and a habitat for foxes, honey bees and monarch butterflies.
UNC Finley Golf Course
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has the Tom Fazio-designed UNC Finley Golf Club on the southeast side of the campus, which first opened in 1949.
The original 1949 course was redesigned by Tom Fazio in 1999. Since the revamp of the golf course UNC Finley has been able to host numerous collegiate tournaments including the annual Men’s and Women’s Tar Heel Invitational.
UNC Finley has five sets of tees and welcomes a variety of skill levels. Today it’s known for its practice facilities with large tiered green, bunkers, short game chipping area, and a clubhouse.
Duke University Golf Club
Duke University Golf Club opened in 1957 and has a classic layout designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.
The course features tree-lined fairways, hardwoods, and pines all around and the practice area has a driving range, six putting and chipping greens, seven sand bunkers, and eight target greens.
The course also has the Washington Duke Inn, a hotel that’s popular with golfers seeking a post-round drink. Guests of the hotel and Triangle residents receive special rates here.
What’s Available Outside the University Golf Courses?
If you’re up for a new challenge check out some of these other golf courses located in and around Raleigh.
Heritage Golf Club
A popular course is the semi-private Heritage Golf Club. Just a short 10-minute drive outside of Raleigh, it boasts five sets of tees and a great experience for players at all levels.
The tree-lined course has pot bunkers scattered across it, and downhill holes that are typical of Raleigh’s hilly landscape.
Tobacco Road Golf Course
Tobacco Road Golf Course is not as close — it’s about a 40 minute drive from Raleigh — but it’s a popular and unique track.
Tobacco Road is the newest golf course in the area having opened in 1998. Despite its youth it ranked No. 55 on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses in 2017.
The Preserve at Jordan Lake Golf Club
Another popular course in the area is The Preserve at Jordan Lake Golf Club in Chapel Hill.
Golf Week called The Preserve “One of America’s 100 Best Residential Golf Courses” and was designed by golfer Davis Love III. This course is also an Audubon International Certified Sanctuary Golf Course and offers tee times 7 days in advance.
The Falls Village Golf Course
Falls Village offers five sets of tees and the rolling terrain provides dramatic elevation changes on many of their holes, challenging even the most skilled players.
These public Raleigh golf courses add to the city’s already wonderful appeal and is one of the many outdoor activities that residents enjoy.
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