Finley Golf Club

Finley Golf Course Rd, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27514
Type: Public
No. Holes: 18
919-962-2349
Architect: George Cobb (72)
                       Tom Fazio (170)
                      
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Detailed description of Finley Golf Club

Finley Golf Club, is a Public, 18 hole golf course located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The original UNC Finley Golf Course was designed by George Cobb and opened in 1949. The course was redesigned by Tom Fazio and reopened 1999. Thanks to Tom Fazio's redesign, holes 12 through 18 present some incredible challenges. The course includes ponds and lakes, as well as rolling mounds and strategically placed bunkers that make Finley not only look different, but play different.

UNC Finley Golf Course is the home course for the UNC Tar Heel's men's and women's golf teams.

Par for the course is 72. From the back tees the course plays to 7,091 yards. From the forward tees the course measures 5,548 yards. The longest hole on the course is # 13, a par-5 that plays to 559 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 8, a par-3 that plays to 161 yards from the back tees.

Watch out for # 16, a 450 yard par-4 challenge and the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole at UNC Finley Golf Course is # 8, the 161 yard par-3.

This course has been reviewed 8 times
Golf Course ranker Photo, Ray Shillito
Chapel Hill, NC

$61 (cart included), played on Saturday, May 2016 at

I like to play Finley, but generally it is a little high price, and very busy. I got a discount rate and will often choose this course when I get a discount. Twilight rates start late in the day - 4pm, which is the same even in the winter! The course is in decent condition, and a better layout in my opinion than Duke (which is overpriced for the area), and NC State (Lonnie Poole is almost unplayable for normal golfers due to excessive length). No tricky shots - what you see is what you get. Greens had been aerated a week before (thus the discount). Very walkable, but unfortunately you have to pay for the cart Friday-Sunday before 1.30pm so I hardly ever play here at weekends even though it is only a couple of miles from my house. Overall I would recommend Finley course.

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 028202
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Durham, NC

$66 (cart included), played on Friday, August 2014 at 10am

Finley Golf Course is the UNC Chapel Hill home course. Of the 3 university courses in the area (Washington Duke - Duke U; Lonnie Poole - NC State U; & Finley - UNC Chapel Hill) this is the best. All 3 courses are good, but Washington Duke is narrow and unforgiving if you are out of the fairway, Lonnie Poole is still maturing and has growing pains, but Finley is a great alternative. The facilities have been significantly improved in the last couple of years and the 1999 renovations to the course made positive changes and provide a challenge for golfers of all abilities. The course is in great shape and pace of play is emphasized by the staff. Although I live in the area, I would travel to play this course and consider this a great side excursion on football weekends. When you are in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area, you should try this course.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 022669
Golf Course ranker Photo, Golfer Bob
Eldersburg, MD

Do Not Recall (cart included), played on Wednesday, February 2014 at 10am

Played here 2-5-14 as part of a package to escape the frozen north.

Not the fault of the course, conditions were not too good: lots of rain in prior days made it cart-path only, so we did a lot of schlepping across spongy turf.

That aside, the layout is impressive, especially the "back-seven," which feature much more terrain variance than the front, which is flat. Design is imaginative, lots of contour, some water, and some very clever decision-points, such as "which side of the fairway makes more sense here?" I was especially impressed by the back, with #15 and #16 being quite memorable: then #17 has a split fairway that calls for one of those decisions noted above. Greens are generally pretty large, most are moderately contoured, but nothing unfair. Bunkers were plentiful, but not overwhelming in either number or difficulty, although some LOOKED very intimidating. Staff was very pleasant, and the clubhouse and facilities are top-notch.

This course is on the campus of UNC, and the "Carolina Blue" and white theme is everywhere, as are the UNC logos. Equally notable is that almost everything in sight bears the name of the person(s) who donated the funds to construct it: a nice touch for a course dependent on taxpayer funding.

Overall, this course is a winner, and I highly recommend.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 021482
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Raleigh, NC

$36 (cart included), played on Tuesday, September 2012 at 2pm

Their new clubhouse is almost completed so not fair to comment negatively about Food/Bar or Pro Shop. That will all change this fall. Their 'rack rate' of $58 weekday & $80 weekend (including cart) is higher than we will pay, but I bought an afternoon tee time at special rate online. It's an easy 40 mile expressway drive, so that distance wouldn't deter me if the price is right. This course was in immaculate condition. The best we've played in recent memory. The pros could play here today with no complaints. The rough would undoubtedly we lengthened for them. Bermuda fairways and Bentgrass greens. Other courses in the area, with Bentgrass greens have had terrible conditions this summer, but Finley greens are perfect.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 018664
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Chapel Hill, NC

$31 (cart not included), played on Monday, October 2010 at 4pm

Forget Pinehurst #2 and play Finley instead!!

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 011958
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Durham, NC

$71 (cart included), played on Wednesday, March 2009 at 6am

Big greens, grate shape all around. Some tough holes, plays long. Stray shots can be found easily. It's UNC's course.

Would travel: 10-20 Miles
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 008780
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Raleigh, NC

$76 (cart included), played on Wednesday, December 2009 at noon

Course is alway in top condition year round. You get feel of play a quality PGA quality course.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 006353
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Durham, NC

$61 (cart included), played on Sunday, April 2008 at 4pm

Course is one of the best in the area. Pricy but when in peak condition worth the money. Greens were a bit bumpy but coming in fine. And because of that they did not charge us full rack rate. This is the way all golf courses should treat their playing guests.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 002430
4.3/5
Based on 8 reviews
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