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4.2
284 Reviews (284)
5 Stars
95
4 Stars
128
3 Stars
30
2 Stars
14
1 Stars
17
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
92.2%
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247 out of 284 reviews
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4.6
42 Reviews (42)
5 Stars
28
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.7
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.8
100.0%
Recommend this course
42 out of 42 reviews
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4.5
52 Reviews (52)
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
21
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.6
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.7
100.0%
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52 out of 52 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6828 yards
Slope 139
Rating 73.7
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The Challenge Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Bermuda
Greens Bentgrass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Dress code Shorts must be Bermuda length. All trousers and shorts must have a hem. Collared sleeves shirts required. No denim accepted.

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Reviews

4.2
284 Reviews (284)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 11
Brunch 6
Patio Dining 6
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 21
Bunkers 20
Elevation Changes 17
This course/club is great for:
Locals 21
Advanced Golfers 18
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 10
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 16
Worth the Drive 15

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5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

EXCELLENT VALUE FOR YOUR $$

Many amateur golfers who think they’re better than they really are would brush off playing at a course under $30.00 a round. If you fall into this category..... YOUR LOST!! The Challenge golf course was in excellent condition, and the greens were in the best condition I’ve seen on any of the courses this year. The facility was clean and the staff was very friendly. This is a “must play” course if your looking for the best bang for your $$.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best greens !!

Course well maintained, staff friendly, BEST GREENS I HAVE PLAYED in quite some time

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great greens

Over all course is in good shape.
The bunkers are in bad shape. Need sand in them. Alot of hard pan lies at greensides.
You can tell they have not been raked or kept up for a while. Hopefully they will be replaced in near future.
Love playing there. But have to play with golfnow or later in day. Price is to high at 49

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

I played as a single and once I got around a threesome of slow women and a foursome of slower men I did great. Played the back 9 in 40 minutes . I don’t like playing when I have to wait 6-8 minutes to tee off and then wait before each shot. Course is in pretty good shape .

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens are perfect

I love this course. Once they finish some bunker improvements it should be a 5 star again. One thing I wish they would watch better is the water coolers around the course. ....please keep them full for the afternoon golfers.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenge is Back

I have been playing golf for the last 20years around 1-1.5 hrs to RTP area. Challenge used to be very good but it became one of the worst courses in the last few years.
However, this course is back!!
Almost perfect fairways and greens.
Some bunkers need new sand but most of them are ok.
Greens are not as fast as hybrid greens but fast enough making your round enjoyable.
Yes, greens bite and you will see some back spins.
If you like some challenges in golf, this is one of them.
I am so glad to see this course has come back to the level that it used to be 15 yrs ago.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

My 1st Eagle

Great day for golf, everything was great. Top off with my 1st Eagle on #10. Driver and putter was all I needed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course needs work

I have played this course several times in the past 12 years. The positive is very nice Bermuda greens. The negative is everything else. Rock-hard fairways and poorly maintained edges where large patches of baked clay is evident in places. Don't plan on short pitches withbyou 64 degree. Some sand traps needs more sand.

$30 for the round isn't bad -- clearly in the catagory, "you get what you pay for". The place has a lot of potential but they need to spend money on an irrigation system and a commitment to growing grass when in bounds.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Another Good Day

I played The Challenge a month ago and gave a Good/Excellent review. We played again yesterday and had another great time. Course is in great shape. The only question I had would be that a couple of the Yellow Tees (we played from) had what seemed to be odd/ nonstandard tee locations where the tee area wasn't as flat as it should be. But this was minor. We had a tee time at 1 PM on a Thursday and never rain into another group ahead of us or had a group catch up to us from behind - we basically had the course to ourselves so pace of play was perfect..

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course in Great Shape, Lots of Slow Plat

Course is in GREAT shape, weather was perfect so there were a lot of golfers out there. For a threesome it was a 4.5 hour round, much too slow for us speedy players

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Name Fits

Play this course a couple times per year. This course rewards accuracy and punishes those who cannot stay in the fairway. Lots of terrain to deal with, as well as bunkers, water and woods. Bring your 'A' game and enjoy a challenging round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

For the average golfer, the course presents a challenge true to its name, but is fair. If you hit the ball with a reasonable degree of accuracy you will be fine. If you tend to spray your shots as many golfers do, there is a lot of trouble to find in the form of trees, ponds, and natural habitat areas, but nothing unfair. The greens were in excellent condition.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Back in the rotation

After some down years and a couple exploratory outings to test conditions I am satisfied the Challenge is in consistently good shape and I won’t have to read all the current reviews to verify conditions. It is good to have another option back in the regular mix.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The Challenge Golf Club

Great course in a beautiful North Carolina setting. Played at 7:39 not 11:39...There was some morning dew and moisture on the course but overall it was a beautiful morning for golf! Trees trees and more trees! You gotta be straight here. Lots of slopes and undulation and lightning fast pro style Bermuda greens. If you want a par score its not for the high handicapper like me but lots of fun nonetheless. The name says it all. The Challenge Golf Club was definitely a challenge.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

The course was in great condition. Greens a-little sanded but other than that. Great.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Best bang for the buck I've ever seen.

The course was in great condition, even after a deluge of rain the previous day. Fairways were plush and greens were challenging but consistent. Really a great round of golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Excellent All-around Experience

Played today for the first time at the Challenge in several years. Had a great time. Tne course is in very good condition from tees to fairways to greens. The layout is tough but playable and very fair - many interesting holes. Pace of play was great - course wasn't crowded.. The snack bar facility has somewhat limited but sufficient menu - I got a pimento cheese sandwich and chips for $3.00. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Overall a real good experience. I'll be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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