Umstead Pines Golf & Swim Club at Willowhaven

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4.3
59
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
34
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
3.8
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.4
98.9%
Recommend this course
54 out of 58 reviews
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4.0
2
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.0
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
100.0%
Recommend this course
2 out of 2 reviews
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4.0
2
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.0
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
100.0%
Recommend this course
2 out of 2 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6442
Slope 128
Rating 70.4
Type Semi-Private
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6442 yards 70.4 128
White 72 6063 yards 68.8 122
Gold 72 5592 yards 66.7 113
Red (W) 73 5044 yards 69.0 114
Scorecard for Umstead Pines Golf Club at Willowhaven
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 71.1/130 386 366 154 490 418 322 158 340 465 3099 454 375 183 431 396 394 550 377 183 3343 6442
White M: 69.5/123 W: 74.7/137 365 337 140 478 377 303 150 318 442 2910 444 359 165 421 356 373 523 355 157 3153 6063
Gold M: 67.5/115 W: 72.2/130 338 317 125 455 350 293 132 300 386 2696 431 322 148 398 341 345 479 330 102 2896 5592
Red M: 65.0/111 W: 68.9/120 319 298 109 345 332 283 120 287 372 2465 397 301 134 300 333 299 465 256 94 2579 5044
Handicap 4 8 10 14 2 16 12 6 18 17 15 9 1 7 3 13 11 5
Par 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 5 36 5 4 3 4 4 4 5 4 3 36 72
Handicap (W) 4 6 16 10 2 12 14 8 18 15 13 11 1 5 3 7 9 17

Course Details

Year Built 1957
Golf Season Year round
Architect George Cobb (1957)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker 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
Dress code Proper golf attire. Collared Shirts, No Jeans.

Reviews

4.3
59

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 8
This course/club is great for:
Locals 11
Walkers 7
Advanced Golfers 6
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 9
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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great Course

Great layout, good pace of play and friendly staff. Carts have GPS which was nice. Aereated about a month ago so greens not bad. Fairways still thin and bare from the winter.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Enjoyable layout - needs to grow in - look for deals

Played early afternoon. Nice routing and mix of holes. Several challenging 4 pars. Houses are visible, but do not impact the experience.

Conditions are decent for this time of year. Greens are healing from aeration, but rolled reasonably consistently. Lots of subtle breaks. Fairways are thin.

Not much of a pro shop, but it serves the purpose. Smallish range - hitting area was fairly beat up.

$42 for Saturday afternoon is pricey vs. other area courses. I'd go back at a better price point. Look for deals. Overheard that they aren't on GolfNow.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great greens!

Played this afternoon. Greens are in great shape (very fast and true), and rest of course is too. I have played here a few times over the years and it never disappoints. Fun, fair layout. Great staff, pace of play was a bit slow, but we finished in 4.5. GPS in carts. Get out and play here.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather

Short but Fun, Great Greens

Layout is good enough to keep your attention, plenty of doglegs forcing you to hit less then driver. Course is short but I still hit about every club in the bag.

The best part of the course were the greens, excellent condition and somewhat fast. Since the greens had quite a bit of undulation, keeping your ball below the hole is paramount.

If you want good greens and need to work on your wedge game, head to Umstead Pines.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Love This Course!

I've played Umstead several times, and always walk away saying how much I really like the course. The greens usually always roll true, and the course is always in good condition. The staff in the pro shop are the friendliest people, and always fun to talk to. If you need a bite to eat after 9, they have good food options or snack options to choose from. One of the biggest things for me, is pace of play, and I am never standing around having to wait at Umstead. Even if the course is busy, it never seems like you're waiting around. If you're in the area, play this course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Greens in great conditions

The course in above average condition, especially the greens. Course maintenance team does a great job. After so much rain, bunkers filled in and fairways not bad. Umstead is on our regular list of places to play. A true value and a very friendly staff.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Unexpected

Really really nice course will definitely be back a thinking mans course great fast greens with lots of slope meets every requirement of you like to be challenged

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun course

The course was in excellent condition and was a lot of fun to play. I will be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Nice Change of Pace

I've played here a few times and depending on pin placement this course can be challenging. Enjoyed our round and the staff is very friendly. Never had to wait during round. I will gladly drive a few more miles to enjoy playing rather than deal with rude and inconsiderate locations nearby. Great job UP !

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Best faiways in area

I play this course frequently. Total course is in excellent condition especially fairway grass. Back nine is one of the most challenging in area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Nice playable course

My first visit to Umstead Pines found the course generally in good shape. The greens had been aerated apparently a week or two prior to my visit and had not fully filled in. They were in fair condition but were slow. Fairways were mostly good with a few that were sparce (usually in the more shaded areas). Traps were bad. The bottom of the traps were hard packed. It appeared a vehicle had been driven about in them with no device to loosen the sand. Would I play here again? Perhaps but at the right price.

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

great feature

Course is excellent and good condition. Staff i very kind

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good greens...ugly fairways

This course has poor fairways.... Lots of dirt....a better rating is 3.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Hidden Gem

You would never just happen by this course, but ever since I discovered it, I have come back again and again. The greens are always good, pace of play is seldom an issue, the front and back are VERY different and offer a good mix of holes. All in all, it's just a great value and a fun track. Very walkable and well-priced. Look, it's not Augusta, but if you want a good test of your game, you could do a lot worse in the Triangle. Give it a try. You'll be glad you did.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Slick Greens

Always in great shape, year round. Greens are always challenging and fast. Even after a lot of rain and some hole with cart path only, the course was relatively dry and drained pretty well. Staff has always been so-so here, but I'm not asking them to do much. For the $28 price tag, a great value. The course is worth $45, or more on a weekend.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

A pleasant afternoon

This was my second time playing Umstead, and I've enjoyed it both times. Not a particularly difficult track, but fairly well manicured for a public course - and for a $19 golfnow hot deal, it can't be beat! A few minor complaints - some holes have fairly long distances between them, which would make it tough to walk. Also, some of the holes are gimmicky - 18 comes to mind which is a long par 3 completely over water with no bailout area. If your long-irons aren't working, be prepared to bring a few extra balls!

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

Great Conditions

This course was in great condition: greens, fairways, tee boxes. Very challenging. We will return. .

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Worth playing!

Enjoyed playing this course! If you have never played this course before, it's a placement course. It's not long, but can be a little tricky! Looking forward to the next time I get a chance to play it.

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

Nice greens

The greens were in great shape. For the price, course is above average

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

Best Kept Secret in the Triangle

I play here often with my sons and we all LOVE this course. It has never taken longer than 3 hours 40 minutes to finish playing. The greens are in excellent shape and present some challenging nuances that can vex you at times, but are always fair. As we played on Friday, 8-1-14, my son and I discussed that of the the eight or so courses we play in the area, no fewer than five of the holes on this course would be on our 18 hole Triangle All Star List. I can't wait to play again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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