Best Golf Courses in Raleigh

Explore the best golfing in Raleigh and its surrounding area. These Raleigh golf courses will help you take your golfing game to the next level. And if you’re not a pro yet, don’t worry. All of them offer a little something for beginners while still providing a few good challenges to those that are more experienced.


Looking to improve your golf game before you hit the greens? You might also check out these senior golfing tips that include a solid strategy for marking your golf balls. And once you find your favorite haunt for golf, explore nearby Raleigh retirement communities.


Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University

NC State is a dominating force in many facets of the city, and its contributions to golfing in Raleigh are no exception. The University’s Lonnie Poole Golf Course is the only collegiate golf course in the world designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer.


Crafted in partnership with two of the school’s alumni, Palmer designed the course, in the spirit of learning, to be accessible to golfers of all skill levels (but not to the exclusion of lower handicapped enthusiasts). In keeping with this theme, the course also serves as a training and learning facility for the College of Natural Resource’s Professional Golf Management Program, as well as a site for turf grass and storm water research.


Looking for a little help getting up-to-snuff for tee-time? Cruise on by the clubhouse’s player development suite, where state-of-the-art tech is employed to analyze your swing, tendencies, and accuracy. In addition to helping you with your game, the staff can also help you get fitted for the green and ready you to take on Raleigh golf courses with the optimal equipment.


The Country Club at Wakefield Plantation

Looking for an elevated experience while golfing in Raleigh? Look no further than the Country Club at Wakefield Plantation, just a 20-minute jaunt Northeast of Raleigh. Part of the McConnell Golf family of courses, Wakefield Plantation’s private club offers some of the best golfing in Raleigh alongside some of the most incredibly scenic views you’ll find on any Raleigh golf course.


A Hale Irwin design, the 18-hole course offers a fast, hilly experience through lush and immaculately-maintained fairways. While the full course isn’t the most forgiving, newer or more casual golfers will relish in the learning opportunities afforded both on the 9-hole iteration and in the club’s learning center. The club also offers a Junior Program for youths in the summer months, culminating in Parent-Child and Junior Club tournaments.


Briar Creek Country Club

Nestled between Raleigh and Durham, Briar Creek Country Club takes a community approach to golfing in Raleigh. Like Wakefield Plantation, it is a private club that you’ll need to join to access the course, but the staggering array of community events (like Bridge and Mah-John) and extra plush amenities make it more than worth the cost of admission.


First opened in 2000 to rave reviews—this course is well-paced and diligently cared for. Plus, veterans will enjoy how lively and challenging it can be. Patience and technique are key here, with quick turns and ample water features demanding that the golfer not get complacent amid the club’s serene ambiance. 


Have a rough go of it the first time around? No worries, with the club’s practice range and opportunities to schedule one-on-one instruction, you can get back on your feet and out to the tees with confidence.


Looking for other top Raleigh attractions when you’re not on the greens? We can name a few that are close to retirement communities in the Raleigh area. For a scenic walk, consider hitting the downtown area of Fuquay-Varina. Filled with plenty of charming history, downtown Fuquay offers a large walkable area with plenty of restaurants and local businesses to explore. Or if you prefer to have a more natural backdrop, consider the River Walk in Clayton, a four-mile path that’s 10 feet wide, it’s the perfect place for long walks and easy scenic bike rides along the river.


Become a senior golf champion and enjoy some of the best golfing in Raleigh with one of these top courses. Then explore a few Raleigh retirement communities in the area.



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Published XX.XX.21  

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