UNC Finley Golf Course

4.5789647059 4.6 stars from 5 (238)
  • 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 4.6 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 238 Reviews
5 stars:
146
4 stars:
80
3 stars:
10
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

234 out of 237 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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"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


"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!

"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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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!

"Beautiful course. Starter needs customer service training."



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

This was the first time playing UNC Finley. I really like the course. The greens were in excellent shape. Made me realize I need to practice my putting. The only complaint was the starter stressed me out before our round even started.

This was our actual conversation.

Starter: Is this your first time to UNC Finley?

Me: Yes

Starter: Well, I could tell because you parked on MY GRASS. (I had pulled the front tire of the golf cart onto the grass a little bit). Let me explain the rules here to you.

He then asked me to go get my friends off the driving range so he could start us early.

Please treat your customers as guest and not Subjects.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Club on 06/23/2017:

Thank you T1999 for your 4-star review and feedback of our golf course. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the course and we hope to see you back again very soon!


bulgarino1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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 The UNC Finley Golf Club on 06/16/2017:

Thank you bulgarino1 for the 5-star review and feedback of our golf course. It is fantastic to hear you had a good time on the course and we hope to see you back again very soon.

"Carolina Bliss..."


mlk1467's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Only word to describe it is Perfect!! Course is dang near perfect. The entire staff is friendly, happy and helpful.


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 06/12/2017:

Thank you mlk1467 for your 5-star review and feedback of our golf course. We appreciate you taking the time to leave your feedback and we love hearing you had a PERFECT time on the course. Please come back and see us again very soon for more of the best golf in Chapel Hill, NC.

"Nice track"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A lot of fun. I played the blue tees and all the holes were fair. No tricks.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The UNC Finley Golf Club on 06/12/2017:

Thank you rmgolf for the 4-star review and feedback of our golf course. We love hearing you had fun and managed the course well. Please let us know if you need anything and come back and see us again very soon!

"Excellent"


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

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

Reviewed on

Really nice course. Fast, smooth greens. Nice tee boxes. Generous but very challenging. You have to move the ball around some. Give it a shot.


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 06/08/2017:

Thank you rjbuskirk for your 5-star review and feedback of our golf course. We are thrilled you had a good time on the course and enjoyed the conditions. Please come back and see us again very soon for more of the best golf in North Carolina.

"Solid Course"


blamertroy's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2017
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

The Finley Course is a solid golf course. The layout is really good and challenges all level of players. The collection of par 3s are especially good. #6 & #14 are the two best, but the others are very good as well.

I will say that choosing the correct tees is important here. We played from the Blue tees and it was a little too short. There are some holes that are pretty awkward from that length if you are a longer player.

My only real critique is that the fairway bunkers have A LOT of sand in them, which makes them very difficult to hit out of, especially because many of them are quite deep.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley Golf Club on 05/23/2017:

Thank you blamertroy for your review and feedback of our golf course. We are thrilled you had a good time on the course and found the layout to be a challenge. Please come back and see us again very soon!

"Another fine experience!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is challenging, but impossible. And it's in beautiful shape. Maybe my favorite course in the Triangle!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from UNC Finley on 05/08/2017:

So glad you loved the course and the challenge - hopefully it wasn't too impossible feeling. We know you've been practicing! We love our fans. Come out and see us again soon.


rmpage45's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

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 04/20/2017:

Thank you rmpage45 for the fantastic 5-star review of UNC Finley Golf Club. We are thrilled you had a good time on the course and we hope to see you back again very soon!

"Nice layout with excellent conditions"


Francis2975474's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Interesting course to play. Many doglegs that require shot shaping to play well. Greens are perched high enough to require high shots with spin to get close putts on many holes. Not many hazards but plenty of bunkers to keep you honest. Fun for most skill levels but need so length off the tee to score. That said, older or shorter hitters should move up a tee.


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 04/20/2017:

Thank you Francis for the 5-star review and feedback of our golf course. We love hearing you enjoyed the different layouts and holes throughout the course and we hope to see you back again very soon!


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