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Tee it up at these Triangle golf courses

Whether you’re a weekend warrior, or the next Tiger Woods, these 18 golf courses around Raleigh are sure to make for a good round.

Someone swinging a golf club with fall colored trees.

Lonnie Poole is an 18-hole public golf course.

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We can’t think of a better way to soak in Raleigh’s greenspace than spending some time on links. Whether you’re looking to connect outdoors with friends or you’re honing in on that perfect shot, here are 18 golf courses to make a tee time in and around the City of Oaks.

Public courses

Knights Play, 2512 Ten Ten Rd, Apex | A great beginners course, this practice facility features 27 holes and a fully-illuminated par-three course + 60-station driving range for players to enjoy at night, too.

Heritage Golf Course, 1250 Heritage Club Ave., Ste. 1, Wake Forest | Take your best shot at this challenging, yet all-level friendly course.

Lochmere Golf Club, 2511 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary | This semi-private course is tight and tree-lined for challenging play.

Lonnie Poole Golf Course, 1509 Main Campus Dr., Raleigh | Home to the NC State men’s and women’s golf teams, this collegiate course is designed by Arnold Palmer... so you know it’s in good shape.

Pine Hollow Golf Club, 3300 E. Garner Rd., Clayton | The best bang for your buck, this well-kept course opened in 1968 and has affordable membership rates.

River Ridge Golf Club, 3224 Auburn-Knightdale Rd., Raleigh | This challenging course recently made the GolfPass Golfers’ Choice lists as one of the top 25 best golf courses in NC.

The Neuse Country Club, 918 Birkdale Dr., Clayton | Located along a river, this championship course offers relaxing features and has been ranked top five for course conditions in Golf Digest.

Wildwood Green Golf Club, 3000 Ballybunion Way, Raleigh | Established in 1986, the greens offer seven different sets of tees to choose from, perfect for beginners and pros alike.

Raleigh Country Club's greens.

Raleigh Country Club recently hosted The UNC Health Championship, a Korn Ferry Tour golf event.

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Members only

Brier Creek Country Club, 9400 Club Hill Dr., Raleigh | Join this private club to take a swing at this private Arnold Palmer-designed course.

Carolina Country Club, 2500 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh | Established in 1910, this club consistently ranks as one of the best NC golf courses with challenging fairways.

Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Pkwy., Cary | Become a member to enjoy three courses and 54 holes of championship golf.

Raleigh Country Club, 400 Donald Ross Dr., Raleigh | This historically well-manicured course went through major renovations in 2020 and now boasts a new irrigation system, + tee boxes, updated green complexes, and more.

The Country Club at Wakefield Plantation, 2201 Wakefield Plantation Dr., Raleigh | This private course was designed by PGA Tour veteran Hale Irwin and offers 18- and nine-hole courses.

The Hasentree Club, 7305 Village Club Dr., Wake Forest | Surrounded by miles of nature trails, this private course is well-manicured and recently went through a complete bunker renovation.


Work on your swing while enjoying elevated cocktails at Dogwood Country Club.

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Take it indoors

Dogwood Country Club, 2431 Crabtree Blvd. Ste. #101, Raleigh | This golf instruction center is powered by Trackman Radar Technology and offers PGA Instruction. This upscale club has multiple bays, a full bar with craft cocktails, and swanky merch.

Golftec, 8800 Harvest Oaks Dr., Ste. 103, Raleigh | The Certified Personal Coaches will help you get your swing down in no time. Golftec offers indoor golf lessons, club fittings and sales, space to practice, and outdoor golf lessons.

Drive Shack, 6901 Play Golf Way, Raleigh | Don’t take yourself so seriously — join a social league to win prizes and or reserve a bay to play driving range games like monster hunt and darts.

The Iron Oaks Taproom, 3800 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 120, Raleigh | This casual, yet elevated restaurant is complete with GolfZon Simulators.

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