UNC Finley Golf Club

4.5333000000 4.5 stars from 5 (210)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7220 yards
  • Slope: 141
  • Rating: 75.0
  • Layout

  • 500 Finley Golf Course Rd, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514, Orange County
  • (919) 962-2349
  • (919) 843-5974
  • www.uncfinley.com
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Year built: 1949
Architect(s): Tom Fazio (1999), George Cobb (1949)
Type: Public
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tar Heel 72 7220 yards 75.0 141
Gold 72 6844 yards 73.1 137
Blue 72 6231 yards 70.1 127
White 72 5648 yards 67.4 122
Red (W) 72 4980 yards 68.8 120

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 210 Reviews
5 stars:
126
4 stars:
72
3 stars:
10
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

206 out of 209 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city on a college campus worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers locals walkers   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens water hazards   Great for drinks watching the game brunch  

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"Love Finley"


Gray5743044's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/31/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was in the upper 40's and windy but course was dry and 90 degree fairways rule was in place. Pace was 4-hrs and we only had to wait on a few tee boxes on front 9. Fairways were a bit cushiony and greens were relatively fast and rolled perfectly.

All in all, a great deal for what we paid ($38), and we always jump on GolfNow deals there.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Club on 01/04/2017:

Thank you Gray for the great 5-star review and feedback of our golf course. We appreciate you taking the time and we hope you will continue to golf with us throughout the season. Come back and see us again soon for more golf in Chapel Hill, NC.


u000005858478's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/05/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from GN Plus on 12/07/2016:

Thank you for the 5-star review! Please come back and see us again very soon.

"Awesome layout"


Joseph2283029's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/18/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Awesome layout, super friendly staff, all the rangers were friendly, helpful, kept the pace of play very well, greens were quick and true. Course give you plenty of options for ever level of player. And the beer was very cold after the round


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Club on 11/21/2016:

Thank you Joseph for your review and 5-stars! We appreciate you taking the time and you enjoyed the greens and plenty of options for every level of golfer. We hope you will continue to come back and play UNC Finley Golf Club here in Chapel Hill, NC again.

"One of the best in the Triangle"


Andy4055278's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in excellent shape with the greens rolling great. Finley has a great mix of holes that need just about every club in the bag to navigate and lots to think about on the tee and with approach shots. A little crowded but got around in 4:30 - not too bad. This is a top course in the triangle area and a must play - also among the more affordable among the college courses.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Club on 11/14/2016:

Thank you Andy for your review and 5-stars! We appreciate you taking the time and we are very happy you enjoyed the course conditions and the pace of play was not to bad. We hope you will continue to come back and play UNC Finley Golf Club here in Chapel Hill, NC again. Book your next tee time quick and easy here at www.uncfinley.com

"Great fun."


Raleighrobert's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Awesome course. Well manicured, beautiful, just the right mix of difficult and not so difficult holes. Keeps every golfer happy. Great staff. We'll be back and back and back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Club on 11/07/2016:

Thank you Raleighrobert for your review and 5-stars! We appreciate you taking the time and we are very happy you enjoyed all aspects of the golf course. We hope you will continue to come back and play UNC Finley Golf Club here in Chapel Hill, NC again. Book your next tee time quick and easy here at www.uncfinley.com

"Finley a favorite"


u844204544's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My former work colleague and I play once a week at different courses in the Triangle area, but we always come back to Finley as we like the layout, the course is always well maintained, and the staff very friendly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Club on 10/14/2016:

Thank you for your review of our golf course. We appreciate you taking the time and are very pleased you enjoyed all aspects of the course. Please let us know if you or your guests ever need anything and come back and see us again soon!

"Magnificent experience!"


Jonathan1399213's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/01/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was tough but fair and in immaculate shape. Can't wait to go again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Club on 10/10/2016:

Thank you Jonathan for your review and feedback of UNC Finley Golf Club. We appreciate you taking the time to leave your comments and are so happy you had a good time on the course. Please come back and see us again very soon!

"Nice Long Course"


Patrick8252979's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Finley is nice. You can tell the course is very well maintained. Long course depending on which tees you play from. Greens were are in good shape everything was as you would expect on this caliber of course. Will be back whenever I get a chance again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/26/2016

Thank you Patrick for your 5-star review and feedback. We are so happy you had a great time on the course and enjoyed your round. Please let us know if you ever need anything while you are here and please come back and see us again very soon!


"Great track"


sam34's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

You won't be dissappointed at UNC. Awesome course and great conditions. Back 9 pace slowed a bit but perfect on all accounts other than that.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/26/2016

Thank you sam34 for your review and feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your round here at the golf course. Please let us know if you ever need anything while you are here and please come back and see us again very soon as we would love to have you back!


"A Fine Facility"


Justbirdies's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a wonderful course. Fazio did a tremendous job of renovation with the land that he had. Course was in great shape considering the stressful heat of summer. The starter was very engaging and friendly and it was simply a pleasure to play.

Would recommend this course to all but you must play the correct tees for your game. Do not think you are better than you are. Play to your ability.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/15/2016

Thank you for your recommendation Justbirdies. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the course conditions and had a great experience with our staff.


"Greens were disappointing"


bmacclurg's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Disappointed by the condition of the stressed greens. The rest of the course was in very good shape. Great lay out, just disappointed by the greens


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/06/2016

Thank you bmacclurg for your review and feedback. We are thrilled you thought the course was in good shape and enjoyed the layout. We are currently working hard on the greens and hope you will come back and see us again soon with all the new improvements!


"Great Day"


David5606984's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great day playing on a well groomed course. Challenging but not overly so.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/02/2016

Thank you David for your review and 5-stars. We are so happy you came out to play with us and we appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback. Please come back and see us again very soon!


"Great day for a Tarheel fan"


Itzakeeper's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played UNC course today for the first time. Got a great price through group golfer. Course was awesome and loved the layout. Shot placement was critical and determined how you could attack the pins. Rough was manageable. Greens were not as fast as expected but rolled true. Played the blue tees which was about 6300 yds. Take this off my bucket list as a Tarheel Fan, and also played pretty good. Shot 72 , not bad for first time ever seeing the course. Yes ! I will be saving this scorecard.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/29/2016

Thank you Itzakeeper for the review and 4-stars. We are so happy you had a great time on the course. Please let us know if you ever need anything while you are here and we hope you will come back and see us again very soon!


"Monday Golf"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great time to play on Monday. Even though the course was fully booked we played in under four hours. Great staff from the pro shop to the starter and rangers. I'll be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/24/2016

Thank you for your 5-star review and feedback. We appreciate you taking the time and are so happy you had a good time. Please let us know if you ever need anything while you are here and please come back and see us again soon!


"Aways a good time here"


h2ohzrd1952's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I've played here several times a year and have always enjoyed the challenge. Great layout. Practice facility not always open due to rain so check first.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Excellent Course"


Jon6967269's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in excellent condition very fair, what you see is what you get except for #16, stay on the left side of fairway. Do not overread break on greens.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/10/2016

Hi Jon6967269,

Thank you for your review and for playing at UNC Finley. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the conditions of the course. We hope to see you again soon!


"Nice Course but Comparatively Expensive"


FrugalGolfDad's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Maybe my expectations were too high due to all the hype and accolades that Finley receives, but my reaction to this course, given the price, is a resounding . . . meh . . .. Seriously though, the staff was awesome. Folks in both the shop and grill were very friendly. The starter was quite nice, greeted us as we started our round, and gave us useful tips and information about the course. The course layout is really nice and the fairways and mulched areas are beautiful. There is plenty of cold water available on the course. But the greens were slow and some had brown spots. The course was very noisy. There were big fans, which I guess is a plus in some ways, but also lots of groundskeepers in loud, motorized equipment everywhere, at times crossing fairways in front of us. It seemed a bit odd as I almost never see such activity at any of the other courses we play, I assume because the other courses try to confine maintenance to early morning and late evening. My biggest concern is the price. Even with a special, we paid $36/person for 9 holes. That's a whopping $72 for half a round with an adult and junior playing. We normally play for $15-$45 total with a cart, and that’s sometimes 18 holes. Courses with these low fees include some that are generally considered pretty high-end, like the Preserve and Chapel Ridge, right down the road, since juniors are free with many of their specials. Some other courses are a little more but at least have discounted junior rates at certain times. There would be no cause to complain if Finley was a for-profit, privately owned golf course, but it is at least nominally affiliated with North Carolina’s University System. As a public resource its management should have a duty to our citizens to keep it accessible. Despite all this, I recommend any serious golfer in the Chapel Hill area give it a try. The experience was good enough that I would play it again given a good opportunity. Book a tee time on-line to get as good a price as you can.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/10/2016

Hi FrugalGolfDad,

Thank you for choosing UNC Finley! We strive for excellent customer service and are thrilled to hear that you had a great experience. Thank you for the recommendation and we hope to have you back!


"Excellent condition"


ssantiagopr's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The fairways and greens were in excellent condition . The pace of play was fast.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/10/2016

Hi Ssantiagopr,

Thank you for choosing UNC Finley. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the conditions of the course, as well as good pace of play. We hope to have you back again soon!


"Excellent!!!"


carney1014's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This course has it all. Huge, wonderful greens. Soft on approach, but quick on the putter. I recommend it to anyone in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Well Worth Playing"


jrliu1992's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in excellent shape and is very fair. A couple of the holes are pretty hard but if you can keep it in play, it is a great course to play. We played cart path only so it was a little slower and wetter than normal but it was in great shape. The greens were very soft so you did not get much roll after it hit. The last few holes are very tough. I played on a Saturday morning at 8:30 and the grill was closed before the round. I was hoping to get a snack before hand. It was hot but they had plenty of drinking water on course. Very spoiled to have this quality of a course within driving distance.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/13/2016

Thank you for your 5 Star review! We are so happy to hear that you have had an enjoyable day with us. Please come back and play again soon!



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