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Best golf courses near Durham, NC

Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Durham, NC. There are 25 courses within a 15-mile radius of Durham, 12 of which are public courses and 13 are private courses. There are 22 18-hole courses and 2 nine-hole layouts.

The above has been curated through Golf Digest’s Places to Play course database, where we have collected star ratings and reviews from our 1,900 course-ranking panelists. Join our community by signing up for Golf Digest+ and rate the courses you’ve visited recently.

Treyburn Country Club
Private
Treyburn Country Club
Durham, NC
4
39 Panelists
Situated on the north side of Durham in the Research Triangle, Treyburn is a private Tom Fazio design that plays over rolling terrain that creates constant elevation change throughout the round. Numerous creeks play an integral role in the strategy at Treyburn, as they often cross near the fronts of greens, leaving players to decide whether to attack in regulation or lay back, especially if they’re out of position off the tee. Some tee shots are tight, including at the demanding par-4 18th, considered one of the more difficult finishers in the area. The narrow tree-lined tee shot plays up to the top of a hill that falls to the left, leaving players an approach to a green closely guarded by a creek running across the front and left side of the putting surface.
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Hope Valley Country Club
Private
Hope Valley Country Club
Durham, NC
4
39 Panelists
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Old Chatham Golf Club
Private
Old Chatham Golf Club
Durham, NC
4
55 Panelists
Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham is one of the best courses in North Carolina. Discover our experts’ reviews and where Old Chatham Golf Club sits in our rankings.
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Duke University Golf Club
Public
Duke University Golf Club
Durham, NC
3.8
52 Panelists
Home to the Duke Blue Devils, a top NCAA Division I program, the Duke Golf Club features significant elevation changes and forced carries over narrow winding creeks. The track also has a fascinating history—it was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1957, and it was soon honored as the host of the 1962 men’s NCAA Championship. Rees Jones, eldest son of the esteemed designer, played for Yale University in the championship that year. He went on to renovate the course himself in 1994.
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Governors Club: Lakes & Foothills
Private
Governors Club: Lakes & Foothills
Chapel Hill, NC
4.3
40 Panelists
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Carolina Country Club
Private
Carolina Country Club
Raleigh, NC
4
22 Panelists
The Carolina Country Club is old-school southern golf done right. It is staid, exclusively private, and mature. Now more than 100 years old, Carolina Country Club is the place to play and belong inside Raleigh's beltway. Aside from the 450-yard par-4 16th, the course is not long. It plays 6,304 yards as a par-71 from the tips. However, many elevation changes keep the holes interesting, challenging, even grand in places. After several redesigns, the course retains its Tillinghast roots in the bunkering, and especially how holes flow with the land. It is eminently playable for golfers of any skill level. Players will find the par 3s to be most memorable as a group. Among them, the 228-yard fourth moves across a grassed valley into a wide, narrow, punched-up green. Stay below the pin. The 182-yard par-3 eighth plays downhill across a natural, flowing, rocky stream. It is visually daunting and may be the best hole on the golf course. The 158-yard 11th features a broad, low, island-style green site beneath large, stately old-Raleigh mansions. It provides your best photo opportunity. The 178-yard 17th is a downhill beauty with a trio of bunkers protecting a moderately sloped, back-to front green. While none of Carolina Country Club greens look intimidating, they fit the course. Do not take them lightly. They break subtly, mysteriously and consistently. At 12 on the stimp meter, speed matters. Aggressive putts or tepid can cost you. Those greens pair perfectly with the many uphill and downhill shots players hit into them from either fairways or pitching areas. Miss, and they still offer fair chances at recovery. Worth noting, this course is a sculpted horticultural marvel if you appreciate such touches. Pllayers who appreciate wide open golfing vistas may feel differently. And the high voltage power lines strung from massive towers? Bizarre. We'll be kind and describe them as a modern touch.
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UNC Finley Golf Course: UNC Finley
Public
UNC Finley Golf Course: UNC Finley
Chapel Hill, NC
3.8
34 Panelists
Originally built in 1949, UNC Finley was redesigned by Tom Fazio in the late 80s and shortly after became home to the Tar Heels golf program. Host to numerous collegiate tournaments, including the 2015 NCAA Men’s Regional Championships, this challenging course has no shortage of bunkers or water. In 2023, Mark and Davis Love III, along with architect Scot Sherman, revamped the entire course, adding a new practice range and putting course for the UNC golf teams, adding five new holes, shifting bunkers and tees and giving the greens and hazards more of an old time, "Tillinghast with a twist" look.
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Carolina Meadows
Private
Carolina Meadows
Chapel Hill, NC
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