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4.6
Value
3.7
Layout
4.9
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.7
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7154 yards
Slope 141
Rating 73.9

Course Details

Year Built 1957
Golf Season Year round
Architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1957) Rees Jones (1994) Steve Weisser (1994)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $15 - $30
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 College Courses in the U.S. (2019 #24)

Reviews

4.6
16 Reviews (16)
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Reviews 4
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

What a treasure in the heart of Durham!

I have played DGC many times over the past 15 years, but I have to note the addition of Bermuda greens and what must be a bigger emphasis on course conditions the past few years has really turned this Rees Jones redesign into a truly great track. All you can eat from the back, but don't let the first couple of holes scare you. Lots of variety of shots and plenty of birdies in the middle of the course.
It's a challenging but very walkable course, and the finish from the long Par 3 15th is outstanding. Best public course greens in the Triangle... get ready for 12-13 on the stimp.
I would recommend DGC to anyone looking for a great course, and take your time to see the rest of the campus when in the area... a truly special place!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 40
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Excellent Course!

Would have rated 5 stars but greens had been punched 3 weeks prior to us playing and they had not fully recovered. Layout is beautiful, fairways outstanding. Love the elevation changes. Will definitely be back.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Picturesque views and challenging

The course is in excellent shape and the layout while challenging allows for enjoyable play for the intermediate to the lower handicap. Almost every green is elevated adding complexity to club selection.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

The greens and bunkers are killer

This course is amazing. Absolutely beautiful with a ton of elevation changes and scenery. The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend! The greens are super slick, so play accordingly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 23
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Great Layout; Terrible Conditions

I love the layout. At its peak, this would be a real championship test of golf. Elevated greens protected by enormous bunkers on almost every hole, and enough length that you dont have the luxury of hitting short irons in. And the value is superb. If you stay at the hotel (which is fantastic), you can walk for less than $70. The clubhouse is also very nice, and the people are super friendly.

While the greens were in good shape, the course was not. The fairways seemed to still--in the middle of April in North Carolina--be dormant. There were large patches of fairway that were simply mud or dead grass. It was disappointing, both visually and from a play-ability standpoint. I think I heard someone say that they have a different kind of grass than other courses in the area, but the course just didn't look nice during a time that should be peak conditions.

If they get the fairways right, I'd be back to play in a heartbeat. Really great potential.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Worth Walking, not Riding

We had the 1st tee time on a Friday morning and had the course to ourselves. The greens were in fantastic shape and the course was in good shape for being mid-April. $30 per-person for a cart is expensive ($60 total for myself and a friend). I would play again, but only if I could walk the course.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 54
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Strong layout, great greens

Classic RTJ layout. Lots of long, tree-lined par 4's. I walked 18 after 4 pm and even with a twosome in front of me never really had to wait more than a minute. Hillier than I expected. Great greens and well conditioned all over. Bunkers are VERY deep especially greenside. Greens firm and fast, even with light sand dusting recently. This is a challenging course. Very nice adjoining hotel and restaurants. Nice practice areas. Definitely recommend for better players staying in/around Durham.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 48
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great layout and hole routing

First time playing. $80 to walk. Got us out early. Front 9 is tough, back nine a few quirky holes. Cool tee markers and clubhouse. People seem nice at various points and some seem entitled. Interesting to see students wearing flip flops gym shorts and tee shirts walking around. Great driving range. #9 would be a great par 4 instead of par 5. Hit a great drive had 175 up the hill; hit 8 iron. Coming off downhill in the rough lie. Would recommend the course to anyone passing through Raleigh.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Good to be back

A couple of years since I last played. Ron helped us get our bags on the cart; extremely helpful guy. Greens were very recently aerified but rolled okay. Tee boxes and fairways perfect as were the bunkers. Course very clean - no trash - plenty of water in coolers.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Best of the university courses

Although the greens were aerated and there was considerable maintenance on the fringes and approached this is still a great course. Elevated greens put a premium on approach shots. Course plays long.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

RTJ Scores Another Hit

I was fortunate in joining a 3some on the back nine which I played first and then joined by a single on the front so I got a lot of info on the course.

This is a very very nice design and the course was playing firm and fast. I learned that sometime in the past the front and back nines were switched which is puzzling to me since 7, 8, 9 are the most interesting to my way of thinking. But playing it back to front I got the best of both worlds because 10 starts you off gently and then builds momentum.

Although the pro shop told me that the greens had mostly healed from aeration two weeks before, I found them bumpy and fast - a bad combination. The rest of the course was in immaculate shape though and I would enjoy a second round at this magnificent layout. Since I expect to be back to Durham soon I'm sure it will happen.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Good weather

quickest greens in triangle

Played on a Monday afternoon for 50 dollars plus 10 for a pull cart. The rate was fair but don't bother with the pull carts, they are really bad. Otherwise great course layout. The greens were rolling at about an 11. Do not end up above the hole on your approach shots, its impossible to slow ball down.
Sand bunkers are in great shape. Fairways are in bad shape but so are all of the courses around here this time of year. Very playable-wide open fairways but approach shots can get tight with many well-placed bunkers.
Pace of play was just OK-we did wait a bit on the back 9 but not terrible. Overall this is a good track and I will play it again...

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Duke University Golf Course

Have played at Duke for more than 20 years and it is now in its best shape ever! Bermudagrass greens installed in 2013 are fantastic - smooth, very fast and with enough slope to test the best of putters. Ball marks are easily fixed. Fairways are cut short and play their best when firm and fast. Select the correct tee box for the most enjoyable round. High handicappers and players who tend to stray from the short grass should beware - bring an extra sleeve of golf balls but keep it moving. Golf carts are equipped with GPS to help with club selection. Super practice range, however it could benefit from a better short game area. Green fees a little high but not inconsistent when compared with other courses of similar quality. Shoot a good score and you'll really have something to brag about.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 170
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

If you are a 15 or higher don't play this course

The Duke University course is an amazing layout with a great practice facility and an amazing staff that helps with everything. Sadly, if you're over a 15 handicap I would not recommend this course for you. Tightish fairways, unrecoverable trouble if you miss the fairways, huge elevations on a lot of greens you're hitting into and a ridiculous stimp of 12 makes this course unplayable for the average to below average player. If you are a 0-10 I would say this is the course for you as it is a GREAT challenge but it is just too unforgiving for someone who doesn't hit it right down the middle and can't handle tabletop greens. The greens were so hard that when I went to fix a ball mark my tool going into the ground sounded like someone biting into an apple. If you're good play it, you'll love it, if your average don't or you'll leave with a bad taste in your mouth

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

One of the Triangle's best

Simply put, Duke University Golf Club is annually rated one of the top public facilities in the state of North Carolina for a reason. The course is in immaculate shape, the staff is top notch, and the amenities are second to none.

I would recommend this course to anyone. Also, try to go with a Duke staff member during the week because it knocks the cost down to $35/person.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 69
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Good weather
Walked

Best course in Durham

I haven't played every course in Durham, but it would be hard to imagine a golf course that is better than this one. The course conditions are superb and you never play the same hole twice.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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