Top Attractions in Raleigh, NC

Looking for the best things to do in Raleigh? From top Raleigh golf courses to retirement communities in Raleigh that offer a slew of activities for active adults, here are a few things worth considering in the area.


Raleigh Golf Courses

Have an appetite for golf? Then you’re in luck. Raleigh is no stranger to great golf courses. Here are a couple of Raleigh golf courses that are worth checking out.


Pine Hollow Golf Course

Any serious golfer needs a solid home base. A course you can slip into like a well-worn, comfy pair of shoes and really focus on refining the little things to build yourself into the golfer you want to be. Just 20 minutes North of Downtown Raleigh, Pine Hollow is a fantastic course with an exceptional staff and hole-for-hole one of the best bang for your buck golfing outings you'll find.


A classic course with origins dating back to the 1960's, Pine Hollow has been overseen by the same family for most of its history, seeing a number of modernization and renovation efforts over the decades while staying true to its old-school North Carolina golf roots.


The course has plenty to offer for golfers of a wide range of abilities, giving you ample opportunity to level up your game across repeat visits. Rather than focusing on one defining feature, Pine Hollow is a well-rounded tour of everything you might see on a more "destination" course, making it an ideal vehicle to test out your technique before hitting the road for a bigger outing.


Duke University Golf Club

A half hour jaunt from Raleigh, tucked behind the ivy of Duke University's historic campus lies one of the finest golf courses in the Southeastern United States. Though the university's golf program was conceived in the 1930's, the outbreak of WWII forced the idea onto the backburner until its eventual realization with the help of designer Robert Trent Jones in 1957. This course is the famed architect's only design in the region.


Exceptionally well-maintained, Duke's course is a tough one, on par with its collegiate associations. You'll face numerous elevated greens, favoring those with a well-defined approach shot, and the tight fairways are notoriously unforgiving.


All of this prestige comes at a price, but this standard of Carolina golf is well worth the cost of admission and an absolute must for local fans of the sport.

Retirement Communities in Raleigh

Get access to some of North Carolina's most beautiful beaches and a variety of art venues like the North Carolina Symphony and Durham Performing Arts Center. Here are a few active adult communities less than 40 minutes from downtown Raleigh that offer thoughtfully-designed floor plans and Smart Home features.


Carolina Gardens

Located in Southwest Wake County, Carolina Gardens offers 11 new ranch home designs within a maintenance-free living environment. Commonly viewed as a safe and friendly town, you’ll find plenty of great food options, plus plenty of parks and open space.


Carolina Overlook

Featuring ranch home designs with resort-style amenities, Carolina Overlook is a coming soon community that is conveniently located near medical facilities, in addition to multiple dining and entertainment options. The suburb of Clayton is also a well-reviewed place to live with a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes.


Of course, with all of the other things to do in Raleigh—like tour the Library of the Future or make a visit to the North Carolina Museum of Art, this southern city is certainly one to consider as you think through where you may want to move for retirement.  Still on the fence? Here are a few more reasons why Raleigh is a great place to retire. And, if you are in the market for a new home in one of Raleigh’s active adult communities, be sure to check out Del Webb.



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Published 11.18.21  

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