The 15th hole at the Rees Jones-designed layout at Duke.
Russell Kirk
Monday, March 03, 2008

Duke University Golf Club
Durham, N.C.
7,105 yards, par 72
Green fees: $35-$95

Although the bag drop was unmanned when we arrived, an affable cart guy quickly got us sorted. Plus, the free sleeve of balls included with our rental clubs was a nice touch.

Pace of Play
The rain kept us on the cart paths, but still we zipped around in less than 4 hours. To avoid the coed crowd, play early while they're sleeping off that kegger.

Lots of Rees Jones touches — elevated greens, sweeping doglegs — make for a stern test, though the layout opens and closes with bland par 4s. The superb practice facility alone is worth a visit.

You can't beat it, especially if you walk. The fees never crack $100, and students can play for as little as $20. Where else can you sample a Jones-family gem for the price of a case of beer?

There may be cheaper rounds in Raleigh-Durham, but few match the quality here. Note to Tar Heels fans: Duke memorabilia jams the pro shop, so you might not feel as welcome as the rest of us.

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