Course Spy

Course Spy

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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
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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