UNC Finley Golf Course

4.5340588235 4.5 stars from 5 (247)
  • 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

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 | Full Scorecard

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

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 247 Reviews
5 stars:
148
4 stars:
87
3 stars:
10
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

243 out of 246 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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"Tough course but fun"


dblackburn5595's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Regular price a little high but a good buy if you can score a discount round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Raider6984's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/09/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Course on 11/13/2017:

Thanks Raider6984 for your 4-star review and feedback of UNC Finley Golf Course. Please let us know if you ever need anything and we hope to see you back again!


henrysingletary's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

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


Response from UNC Finley Golf Course on 11/07/2017:

Thanks henrysingletary for your 5-star review and feedback of our golf course. We appreciate you taking the time and we hope to see you back again very soon!

"Solid course on a college campus"


Deborah2045907's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Good layout , course condition very good especially for amount of traffic it sees .

Good value for money .


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Club on 11/07/2017:

Thanks Deborah for your 4-star review and feedback of our golf course. We love seeing you had a great time on the course and we hope to see you back again very soon!

"Great Course at a Great Rate"


loganc5512's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/30/2017
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Reviewed on

Finley is one of the better courses in the area, and the conditions were excellent on 10/30.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Course on 11/02/2017:

Thank you loganc5512 for your 4-star review of UNC Finley Golf Club. Please let us know if you ever need anything and come back and see us again very soon for more of the best golf in the area!


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tough but fair course. You can miss the fairways and still scramble a bit. Recommend trying to play with someone with local knowledge; luckily I did and probably saved a few strokes as a first-timer. Snack shop was out of sandwiches at the turn :(


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Course on 10/25/2017:

Thanks Achudacek for your 5-star review of UNC Finley Golf Course. We appreciate your time and we look forward to having you back again very soon for more of the best golf in Chapel Hill, NC.

"Great Day"


u137571959's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Finley was in great shape! Greens were fast and in good shape for having such heavy traffic. Fairways were neat and trimmed. Bermuda roughs are always tough. Pace of play was good with very little wait. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Weather was perfect.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Course on 10/25/2017:

Thanks Achudacek for your 5-star review of UNC Finley Golf Course. We appreciate your time and we look forward to having you back again very soon for more of the best golf in Chapel Hill, NC.

"Excellent course - Amazing condition"


u000007354567's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

UNC Finley had a lot of amazing reviews and after playing it I can see why. This is a top level course for a great price through GolfNow. The course itself was in immaculate condition. I don't think I have EVER seen greens that are as receptive to well hit balls, allowing good shots to stop and spin back, while still putting as fast an as true as these greens do. Usually you sacrifice speed for ball control on the approach but not in this case. Most of the greens are large and (unfortunately) most are very well protected by green side bunkers.

The rough was extremely well maintained an actually cut a little too short and easy in my opinion. All fairways were in amazing shape as were the tee boxes.

If there were any negative that I could say about the course, and it isn't even the fault of the course is that the group that I played with wanted to play from the blues (I would consider blue one tee shy of the "tips") but playing from the blues brought a lot of the trouble into play for a long driver whereas if we have played the next tee back (the golds) then it was more conducive to longer hitters, and still leaves even another tee (the Tar Heels) further back to play from. Again this isn't the fault of the course but I think that the blues should be the tees that most average to better players play from, but I think that the Golds are actually that tee box at this location.

Again overall this is one of the nicest courses that I have played in the Carolinas (I would rank it up near Quail Hollow in Charlotte) and every part of the course was in amazing shape, and I love how the greens play. I will be back to play (from the Tar Heels or Golds) in the near future.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Course on 10/25/2017:

Thank you so much for your review and feedback. Other than the other group we are glad to see you had an enjoyable round on the golf course. Please let us know if you need anything while you are here and come back and see us again very soon!

"Wonderful experience"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My only regret is that I don't live in the area, and can't play the course on a regular basis.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Course on 09/26/2017:

Thanks Leninskyws for your 5-star review and feedback. We love hearing you had a good time on the course and we hope to see you back again very soon!

"Splendid day"


rjay01's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Although I attended UNC 50 years ago, this was my first time playing Finley. The staff was first rate and ensured we had a good experience. The course was superb.


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


Response from UNC Finley Golf Course on 09/19/2017:

Thanks rjay01 for the fantastic 5-star review of UNC Finley. We appreciate you taking the time and for coming back after all these years. Please let us know if you ever need anything and we hope to see you back again soon!

"Great day. But..."


u790662880's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played here before and like it a lot. Felt like I got screwed this time when the third that was added to our twosome was telling us how he paid $40 less than us. We got the "hot deal" I would call it the "not so hot" deal. I''ll stick to Chapel Ridge from now on.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Course on 09/09/2017:

Thanks so much for the great review of UNC Finley Golf Club. We are thrilled you had such good time on the course and we hope to see you back again very soon!

"Four star option"


Maddognc1954's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course in great shape. Fairways and tboxes plush, greens consistent and quick, bunkers full of sand and raked, range well maintained. Layout at Finley interesting and fair, a pleasure to play. Fees on high end for public but appropriate for the quality. Finley is on my list to play on a regular basis in the Triangle.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Course on 09/27/2017:

Thank you Maddognc1954 for your review and feedback of UNC Finley Golf Course. We appreciate you taking the time and we love to hear you had a good time on the course. Please come back and see us again very soon!

"Amazing course, amazing value"


u000003333446's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was passing through town and had not played this course since a tournament in college. It's absolutely amazing. It's every bit as good as Pinehurst, but more accessible and 20% the price.


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 Course on 09/07/2017:

Thanks so much for the fantastic comparison and we appreciate you stopping by. Please let us know if you ever need anything and come back and see us again very soon.


go4heels's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Course on 08/22/2017:

Thank you for your five-stars and your feedback on your round at UNC Finley Golf Course, go4heels!

"Nice course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played before but definitely in the best shape I have seen. Always looking for hot deals here!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Course on 08/04/2017:

Thanks, Jameshorton for the fantastic 5-star review and feedback of our golf course. Please let us know if you need anything and come back and see us again very soon!

"Beautiful day, beautiful course"


u6795747's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

First time here, played on a $39.00 online voucher. Caught a rare dry, comfortable day for this time of year.

At $39 I'd give up every other course within 45 minutes of home. It's a really beautiful course in outstanding condition, especially for mid-summer in the Raleigh area. A great mix of holes - not a boring hole in the bunch.

Pro shop staff was friendly and helpful. Range was very functional, though the balls were a bit worn. No distance markers on the range or distance board on the tee, but that's not a big deal.

Only two negatives about the day:

1 - Pace of play was very slow. The one marshall we encountered on #12 tee told us pto expect slow play, but didn't act like it was within his scope to do anything about it. Total time was 4:45.

2 - Food in the turn shack is ridiculously overpriced. $3 for a Clif bar? $6 for a beer? Chapel Hill isn't Hilton Head.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Course on 07/31/2017:

Thanks for the 4-star review and feedback of UNC Finley Golf Club. We appreciate you taking the time and we hope you will continue to golf with us throughout the summer. Come back and see us again soon for more of the best golf in Chapel Hill.

"Very beautiful course"


willjones123's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2017
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Reviewed on

Beautiful course. The prettiest course I've ever played.


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 Course on 07/31/2017:

Thanks willjones123 for the fantastic 5-star review of UNC Finley Golf Course. We are thrilled to see this was the prettiest course you have ever played. Please let us know if you ever need anything and come back and see us again very soon!

"Dickie70"


Dickie70's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great condition. Had a great day. Will come back again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Course on 07/31/2017:

Thank you Dickie70 for the 5-star review and feedback of UNC Finley. We appreciate you taking the time and we are thrilled to see you enjoyed the conditions and will come back and see us again!

"UNC Golf"


Bajabean's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was tough for a first time player. Very easy to drive thru fairways without knowing the course. Conditions very good and staff was wonderful.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Course on 07/31/2017:

Thanks Bajabean for the 4-star review of our golf course. We love hearing our staff took such good care of you and your guests and we hope to see you back again very soon!

"Amazing course!"


u085518460's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fun to play! The staff was very nice. If you're a Carolina Tar Heel fan and you like golf at all, you must play this course.


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 07/28/2017:

Thank you so much for the 5-star review of UNC Finley Golf Course. We are thrilled to see the weather cooperated and you were able to get in a good challenging round. Please let us know if you ever need anything while you are here and come back and see us again very soon!


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