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
919-681-2288, golf.duke.edu

Service
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.

Quality
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.

Value
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?

Verdict
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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