Golfing is a tried-and-true, classic way to entertain your business clients when they come into town. You get to enjoy one-on-one time with clients without the potential awkwardness of a face-to-face meeting. Everyone can relax, have fun, and enjoy the beauty of the manicured rolling greens.
But one of the dangers of taking clients out for a game is the risk you run of bringing them to a less than impressive course. With so many golf courses out there, how can you know what you’re getting into?
Luckily for you, the Triangle region is famous for its award-winning golf courses. We’ve done the research and gathered the info, so you don’t have to do any of the legwork yourself. When you have business guests in town, you have plenty of options to show them a great time on some of the most beautiful and well-kept courses in this part of the country. Below are some of our favorites:
UNC Finley Golf Course
500 Finley Golf Course Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Website: UNC Finley Golf Course
The UNC Finley Golf Course is a signature Tom Fazio designed course in the heart of Chapel Hill. You can enjoy the absolutely breathtaking beauty of the natural scenery when you take on this outstanding course which is open year-round. The course has plenty of challenges through all 18 holes, but you’ll still have fun regardless of your skill level, one of the great draws for UNC Finley.
UNC Finley is home to Naismith Grill, a delicious restaurant with a weekend brunch menu that is the perfect capstone to your golfing experience. Between the excellent food, drinks, and perfectly kept greens, UNC Finley is a great choice for business golfing right here in Tarheel country.
Mill Creek Golf Club
1700 St. Andrews Dr.
Mebane, North Carolina 27302
Website: Mill Creek Golf Club
Voted number one in the Piedmont Triad as “Most Fun Course to Play” by the North Carolina Golf Panel, Mill Creek Golf Club feels like a dream come true from the moment you step foot on the lush greens. The playability and scenery are more than you could ask for.
Mill Creek is one of the Triangle’s hidden gems. It’s never crowded, and the tee boxes, fairways, and greens are very well cared for. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful, and the facilities are fantastic. The course design is loved by many as it’s not too long, but not too short either: the perfect way to spend a day with clients.
Lonnie Poole Golf Course
1509 Main Campus Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606
Website: Lonnie Poole Golf Course
Located in downtown Raleigh, you’ll be delighted with the design and challenge of the Lonnie Poole course. The course received the WRAL’s 2018 Voter’s Choice Award for the Best Golf Course in the Triangle and is the only collegiate course in the world designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer.
Lonnie Poole is an Audubon-certified course with as many natural areas as the other courses on the list, despite its location in the heart of Raleigh. But the beauty of this course won’t be outdone by the challenge it brings, even to experienced golfers. If you bring clients here, be sure to bring your A-game, as you’ll be given a run for your money with the hills, approach shots, and sand traps.
The course is loved by many players as a great place for business because you’re close to the airport and the many restaurant and hotel options Raleigh offers.
River Ridge Golf Club
3224 Auburn-Knightdale Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27610
Website: River Ridge Golf Club
River Ridge Golf Club combines challenging holes, Raleigh’s natural beauty, and sophistication, making it the ideal place to impress and entertain your business clients. The rolling hills and ravines make for a challenging and functional course that melts right into the natural landscape.
The pace of play on the back nine is more relaxed than the first nine due to the more challenging layout. If you’re wanting faster play, opt for nine holes. But if you’re in for a challenge, the entire course is marked by beauty and pristine manicured grasses. You will have a hard time finding a course with a better price point.
Tobacco Road Golf Club
442 Tobacco Rd.
Sanford, NC 27330
Website: Tobacco Road Golf Club
Though Sanford isn’t “technically” within the limits of the Triangle, you can’t have a complete Triangle-area golf experience without enjoying a round at Tobacco Road Golf Club.
The facilities are charming and warm, and the course itself has earned the number 50 spot on Golf Course Architecture’s Top 100 Golf Courses in the World. Tobacco Road’s architect Mike Strantz said of the course, “I want every hole to exude the spirit of the game.” His artful design and detailed execution certainly accomplished his goal.
The idyllic rustic clubhouse encapsulates the Southern hospitality you’d expect from a North Carolina course, and the excellent layout and perfectly maintained grasses make for a golfing experience that’s worth the drive.
Duke University Golf Club
3001 Cameron Blvd.
Durham, NC 27706
Website: Duke University Golf Club
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the Duke University Golf Club is hailed as one of the best courses in the Southeast. With beautiful undulating hills and a breathtaking layout, this Durham jewel is a lovely place to bring clients for an outstanding round of golf.
The course allows for enjoyable play for intermediate players to those with a lower handicap. Many greens are elevated, which adds to both the beauty and the complexity of the course. The Club is known for its extremely hospitable staff and comfortable clubhouse, which is a great place to take a break after the first nine holes, which are quite challenging.
Heritage Golf Club
1250 Heritage Club Ave.
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Website: Heritage Golf Club
Just a short 10-minute drive North of Raleigh, Heritage Golf Club is located in the charming town of Wake Forest. The semi-private course provides an enjoyable golfing experience for all abilities, making it a perfect place to bring your clients.
The naturally hilly terrain makes for a beautiful and fun course that’s is in the heart of the Heritage community. Toward the end of the course, you’ll have to showcase skill as you navigate trees, a lake, and bunkers, but nothing is so difficult that you’ll leave with a sour taste in your mouth, even if you’re a novice golfer.