Fore! Well, actually ten, but let's not be picky. Durham is home to ten golf courses, each with a different style of play to suit championship golfers and weekend warriors alike:
Crossings Golf Club - A course that challenges golfers with undulating fairways, which are bordered by wetlands on many holes. The course is 6,527 yards and par 71.
Duke University Golf Club - Rated by Golfweek as a top-10 public course in North Carolina and ranked by Golf Digest as the 15th best in North Carolina.
Falls Village - A challenge for long hitters, this course includes 48 bunkers strategically placed along the 7,023 yard course.
Hillandale Golf Club - Nearly two million rounds of golf have been played on this par 71, 6,339-yard course. It is also home to a 2,000-square-foot golf shop, which has been rated in the top 100 nationally for the last 23 years by the PGA of America.
Lake Winds Golf Club - In Rougemont, north of Durham, this 6,365-yard, par 72 course is tucked away among forests and farmland.
Lakeshore Golf Course - Located just outside Research Triangle Park, water plays a factor on this 5,829-yard course, as do doglegs and blind shots.
Umstead Pines at Willowhaven - A classic course measuring 6,400 yards from the championship tees. The fairways are lined with towering Carolina pines, leading to well-defended, quick bent grass greens.
In addition to Durham's seven public and semiprivate courses, there are also three premier championship golf courses at private country clubs: Croasdaile Country Club, Hope Valley Country Club, and Treyburn Country Club, each of which may reciprocally honor membership at other clubs.
George Cobb course. Visitors need member sponsor; groups, call for information.
Designed by Ron Garl. Ranked by Carolina Golf magazine in 1999 as one of the top 10 best new golf courses in the Carolinas.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones and Rees Jones. Ranked by Golf Digest as the 15th best golf course in North Carolina. Host to 2001 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship.
Designed by William Daniels. Also includes a practice area.
George Cobb course consistently ranked by Carolina Golf Shop Operations magazine as having one of the top 100 golf shops in America. All-grass driving range: $3.50 for 35-40 balls; $8 for 110 balls.
Donald Ross and Brian Silva course. Byron Nelson won the 4th of his record 11 in a row here at the 1945 PGA Durham Open. Also considered one of 12 Donald J. Ross "Hidden Gems." Visitors need member …
Don Mason course offers tournaments and outdoor cookouts for larger groups of up to 120 golfers. Tee times required on weekends and holidays.
This J.M. Utley Sr. course includes a lighted driving range.