Best golf courses near Raleigh, NC (2024)

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Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Raleigh, NC. There are 38 courses within a 15-mile radius of Raleigh, 24 of which are public courses and 14 are private courses. There are 28 18-hole courses and 9 nine-hole layouts.

The above has been curated through Golf Digest’s Places to Play course database, where we have collected star ratings and reviews from our 1,900 course-ranking panelists. Join our community by signing up for Golf Digest+ and rate the courses you’ve visited recently.

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Private

Carolina Country Club
Raleigh, NC

4

22 Panelists

The Carolina Country Club is old-school southern golf done right. It is staid, exclusively private, and mature. Now more than 100 years old, Carolina Country Club is the place to play and belong inside Raleigh's beltway. Aside from the 450-yard par-4 16th, the course is not long. It plays 6,304 yards as a par-71 from the tips. However, many elevation changes keep the holes interesting, challenging, even grand in places. After several redesigns, the course retains its Tillinghast roots in the bunkering, and especially how holes flow with the land. It is eminently playable for golfers of any skill level. Players will find the par 3s to be most memorable as a group. Among them, the 228-yard fourth moves across a grassed valley into a wide, narrow, punched-up green. Stay below the pin. The 182-yard par-3 eighth plays downhill across a natural, flowing, rocky stream. It is visually daunting and may be the best hole on the golf course. The 158-yard 11th features a broad, low, island-style green site beneath large, stately old-Raleigh mansions. It provides your best photo opportunity. The 178-yard 17th is a downhill beauty with a trio of bunkers protecting a moderately sloped, back-to front green. While none of Carolina Country Club greens look intimidating, they fit the course. Do not take them lightly. They break subtly, mysteriously and consistently. At 12 on the stimp meter, speed matters. Aggressive putts or tepid can cost you. Those greens pair perfectly with the many uphill and downhill shots players hit into them from either fairways or pitching areas. Miss, and they still offer fair chances at recovery. Worth noting, this course is a sculpted horticultural marvel if you appreciate such touches. Pllayers who appreciate wide open golfing vistas may feel differently. And the high voltage power lines strung from massive towers? Bizarre. We'll be kind and describe them as a modern touch.

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Best golf courses near Raleigh, NC (4)

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The Country Club At Wakefield Plantation: Wakefield Plantation
Raleigh, NC

3.6

19 Panelists

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Raleigh Country Club: Raleigh
Raleigh, NC

3.5

46 Panelists

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Raleigh Country Club in Raleigh is one of the best courses in North Carolina. Discover our experts’ reviews and where Raleigh Country Club sits in our rankings.

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Public

Lonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State University
Raleigh, NC

Located in the heart of NC State’s Centennial Campus, Lonnie Poole is home to the Wolfpack’s golf teams and their leading PGM and turf management programs—so count on pristine conditions. The Arnold Palmer design tips out at 7,358 yards and offers great skyline views of downtown Raleigh.

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Raleigh Golf Association: Raleigh 2
Raleigh, NC

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Eagle Ridge Golf Club: Eagle Ridge
Raleigh, NC

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Raleigh Golf Association: Raleigh 1
Raleigh, NC

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River Ridge Golf Club: River Ridge
Raleigh, NC

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Wildwood Green Golf Club: Wildwood Green
Raleigh, NC

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Hedingham Golf Club: Hedingham
Raleigh, NC

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The Country Club At Wakefield Plantation: Regulation Practice Cse
Raleigh, NC

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Private

NC State University Club: NC State
Raleigh, NC

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Wil-Mar Golf Club: Wil-Mar
Raleigh, NC

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North Ridge Country Club: Lakes
Raleigh, NC

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Garner Country Club: Garner
Raleigh, NC

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401 Par Golf: 401 Par
Raleigh, NC

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Private

Brier Creek Country Club: Brier Creek
Raleigh, NC

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Private

North Ridge Country Club: Oaks
Raleigh, NC

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Best golf courses near Raleigh, NC (21)

Public

Neuse Country Club: Neuse
Clayton, NC

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Public

Heritage Club: Heritage
Wake Forest, NC

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Public

Riverwood Golf Club: Deer Run
Clayton, NC

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Public

Paschal Golf Club: Paschal
Wake Forest, NC

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Private

Prestonwood Country Club: The Meadows
Cary, NC

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Public

The Crossings Golf Club: Crossings
Durham, NC

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Private

Prestonwood Country Club: The Fairways
Cary, NC

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