Course Spy

Course Spy

The 15th hole at the Rees Jones-designed layout at Duke.
Russell Kirk

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
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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