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Hillandale Golf Course

4.3

1600 Hillandale Rd
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 286-4211
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Photo of James Goerke James Goerke
Apr 7, 2019 4

Course is Good. It has a few challenging par 3’s. Cart paths need some work.

Photo of Przemysław Łapiński Przemysław Łapiński
May 15, 2019 5

Very beatifull golf course with incredibly nice staff. I was on vacation visiting my relatives and wanted to just try playing. They borrowed me some clubs and balls and show the necesary basics. Would recommend to anyone!

Photo of Seth P Seth P
Apr 18, 2019 4

Muni course so course was full on a Thursday late morning. Decent shape for early in the year. Staff were friendly and the range looked good but did not use.

Photo of David Kinnamon David Kinnamon
May 19, 2019 5

I play this course more than any other in the triangle. It's convenient, very affordable, and has some good variety. Some of the greens and tee boxes could use some work, but overall worth the value.

Photo of Sharpedge a Sharpedge a
Dec 11, 2021 5

Enjoyed watching the golfers and my grandson in the PGA Jr program.

Photo of Jo Lule Jo Lule
Aug 14, 2021 4

I was a first time visitor. Really pleasant and helpful experience. I had only planned to go to the driving range. So, I didn't play the course. Golf Shop/Pro Shop : There were two older gentlemen behind the desk. These guys were really nice and super helpful. Made me feel very welcome. Especially being a first time visitor. They even offered to squeeze me in for a round of golf, but I had to decline to due my other plans. The Shop looked very stocked with all your golfing needs. There is a snack bar/ beverage service on the backside of the building, nice touch. 👍 The range balls were $8 small bucket, $12 for medium. Don't remember what the large cost. Medium was enough for a good practice session. The range balls are yellow in color and looked brand new. The driving range was a little beat up. The ground was hard when placing your tee in the ground. May be time for aerating the driving range. Ground was compacted pretty hard. Could be why the grass was thin and not taking very well. Not many people on the range especially for a weekend. The range lacked adequate distance markers and no guide as to the distance to one of two flags that were out there. I didn't see a practice bunker area nor a short game practice area. I may be wrong or may have missed it. I will have to ask next time I go. Overall range was okay, needs better markers with distances. I will check out the course next time. Adding some bag stands would be a nice touch. Rated high because of the 2 friendly guys at the golf shop. Really genuine and down to earth guys. See you in the near future. Thanks for the friendly service! Much appreciated!!!

Photo of Ken Ray Wilemon Ken Ray Wilemon
Sep 6, 2021 5

Love this place! Nice course and great putting green and driving range with new balls lately. Very pleasant atmosphere and the staff are always friendly and helpful. Even let me try out a 7 wood on the range even though I didn't have my credit card. Above and beyond and great pricing on labor for re-gripping, like $2.50 or so. Occasionally GREAT discount prices. Also has a nice looking snack bar menu though I haven't eaten there yet.

Photo of Tim Moore Tim Moore
Jan 13, 2022 5

Hillandale is a public golf course that is fun to play, has very reasonable greens fees and a long history of over 100 years of welcoming all golfers of any level to come enjoy the game. Perhaps the most diverse group of golfers I have ever enjoyed playing with in all my years. It is a fair but challenging course. Also offers excellent golf instruction and a driving range to practice. You can pay more, a lot more, to play other courses, but you will not have more fun than at Hillandale Golf Course. One of the great public golf courses in North Carolina. Open year round.

Photo of Kirten Mcmanus Kirten Mcmanus
Sep 21, 2019 5

This is the course I played when learning the game and highly recommend it. I've read a number of reviews where people were disappointed by course conditions at Hillandale and it always irks me. If you're paying between $20-35 in greens fees, you shouldn't expect country club conditions. In my opinion, Hillandale is one of a coupe courses in the entire area competing for the best value. In the past few years the management has done an excellent job caring for and improving the facilities. A number of the cart paths are currently being replaced/repaved. Bermuda greens were installed a few years back, and if you catch them at the right time of year (late spring or early summer) or after freshly mowed, they are slippery and roll true. Also, though there are sporadic spots where the grass struggles, the tee boxes and fairways are consistent and well maintained. The practice facilities and bigger than other comparable courses, with a generously sized driving range, large practice green next to the first tee box, and a separate chipping/pitching pirating space. In addition, one of the best parts of plating at Hillandale is their staff. I have always found them to be amazingly welcoming and very helpful. If you haven't played here, especially if you live in Durham, you should.

Photo of chris chris
Jan 6, 2022 3

Probably one of the worst courses I've played in awhile. Greens were smooth and price wasn't bad. Reasons for knocking two stars off was no grass whatsoever in the fairways. I get it, it is winter, but having the fairways so thin it was almost hitting off dirt. Was more grass on driving range. Course does not drain so some holes were almost swampy. Fun layout though.

Photo of Ryan Tolman Ryan Tolman
Nov 10, 2020 4

Reasonably priced green fees and driving range, it's always been in good shape every time I've been

Photo of Daniel Nikazy Daniel Nikazy
Nov 18, 2020 4

Very forgiving course. Wide fairways, huge greens, and a short course. It was fun to play but it was a little more expensive than some of the nicer courses in the area. I will definitely play it again.

Photo of Daniel O'Neal Daniel O'Neal
Sep 11, 2020 4

The golf course is in great shape!

Photo of From Math With Love From Math With Love
Feb 25, 2018 5

Super friendly staff! Great course, well maintained! Hosted a US Kids tournament and they were so accommodating.

Photo of Bryce Chaney Bryce Chaney
Aug 23, 2020 3

Fairways are soaking wet and cart path only.

Photo of Michael Doyle Michael Doyle
Aug 11, 2020 5

Course in good condition. Range recently repaired and improved.

Photo of Djahna Garvey Djahna Garvey
Jul 28, 2020 4

Friendly service. Greens were slow due to recent aerating.

Photo of Tyler Cranfill Tyler Cranfill
Aug 1, 2020 4

Leaps and bounds better than it looked out here last year

Photo of Ian Enniss Ian Enniss
Jul 24, 2020 5

Newbie to golf and have enjoyed every hole. Non pretentious and challenging. What more can you ask for?

Photo of peder hollinghurst peder hollinghurst
Jul 13, 2020 4

Mondays are busy! But decent course for a casual newbie like me

Photo of todd howard todd howard
Apr 17, 2017 3

The staff is great course is in great shape greens are at a nice speed and the fairways are the perfect height but I wish the had water hazards and fairway bunker's (sand and waste) . I wish they had a pare. U could drive and a par 3 that was a shorter but 3 out of 4 r almost 200 yards I wish they were all different with more hazards and higher rough around them but all and all 22 to walk during the week is great​ all in all 3 out of four stars because of what I mentioned n or there practice area needs a bit of work n shouldn't use range balls but your own because around the green its all feel with the ball u use every day.

Photo of Chris Goodwin Chris Goodwin
Dec 2, 2019 5

Great golf coarse,great greens nice pro shop

Photo of Kimberly Collier Kimberly Collier
Nov 11, 2019 4

The gentleman behind the counter was very friendly and informative.. he even encouraged my son to join their golfing camp next summer!!

Photo of Rocky Topps Tree Service Rocky Topps Tree Service
Nov 13, 2019 5

Let me start by saying great choice in course to play. Presents unique challenges from every tee box. Fairways vary from wife to tight and the creek comes into play on majority of the holes. Pro shop staff is awesome and equipment selection is plentiful. You will have a great time here expect the course to defend our and not give up to many birdies but they are out there for the shotmakers and true putters. Great course

Photo of Derek Tarrant Derek Tarrant
Sep 4, 2019 5

A great course in Durham. The roughs can be a little tall/unmanaged but overall the course is great for All player levels.

Photo of Chetnology Chetnology
Sep 23, 2019 5

I just played this course on 9/20 and 9/21 2019. The course is in great shape. The greens are tough to read and they are fast. The course is very challenging, I think I used almost every club in my bag. I shot 79 and 83. I really enjoyed the course and the staff in the clubhouse are awesome. I have nothing but good things to say about playing there and I would play it again when I'm in the area.

Photo of Kirten Mcmanus Kirten Mcmanus
Sep 21, 2019 5

This is the course I played when learning the game and highly recommend it. I've read a number of reviews where people were disappointed by course conditions at Hillandale and it always irks me. If you're paying between $20-35 in greens fees, you shouldn't expect country club conditions. In my opinion, Hillandale is one of a coupe courses in the entire area competing for the best value. In the past few years the management has done an excellent job caring for and improving the facilities. A number of the cart paths are currently being replaced/repaved. Bermuda greens were installed a few years back, and if you catch them at the right time of year (late spring or early summer) or after freshly mowed, they are slippery and roll true. Also, though there are sporadic spots where the grass struggles, the tee boxes and fairways are consistent and well maintained. The practice facilities and bigger than other comparable courses, with a generously sized driving range, large practice green next to the first tee box, and a separate chipping/pitching pirating space. In addition, one of the best parts of plating at Hillandale is their staff. I have always found them to be amazingly welcoming and very helpful. If you haven't played here, especially if you live in Durham, you should.

Photo of swave63 swave63
Aug 8, 2019 5

Course in great shape and busy but good pace of play

Photo of Doug Morhac Doug Morhac
Aug 20, 2019 5

Decent course for the money. A bunch of reviews out there complaining about the condition of the course, we thought it was in pretty good shape. Some challenging holes without destroying you

Photo of Dave Bergeron Dave Bergeron
Jul 13, 2019 4

Interesting green complexes. Good shape. A fun design. The tacos from the grill are very good.

Photo of James Conway James Conway
May 24, 2022 5

Great course, I enjoy playing here every time I go. The only thing I would change would be the starter with the red Titleist hat who is always very rude. I have never met a more rude person in my life, every interaction with him has been negative.

Photo of Karen Davis Karen Davis
Oct 19, 2021 5

My husband is blind and a group named Bridge 2 Sports meets here. He is learning to play the game!

Photo of Nolon Blaylock Nolon Blaylock
Jun 29, 2022 5

This is a great muni course! It’s generally kept in good shape and the greens are great for the price. It’s hard to beat $13 for a walking round of 9 on a weekday. The course has lots of twists and turns that keep it interesting and fun green complexes.

Photo of Tim Allen Tim Allen
Jun 17, 2022 3

Played here on June 16. The fairways were spotty, sparsely grown in and hard; bunkers were ill-kept with little loose sand; and the greens were hairy and bumpy. Overall mediocre conditions. There was a lightning warning sounded just after we had finished the fifth hole and to the course's credit, that was closely followed by staff driving out to explain options to players and clear the course. We opted for a rain check, then were told in the golf shop that the cost would be prorated, not a full amount for the replay. Is that the new norm for rain checks?

Photo of Ian Fuller Ian Fuller
Jun 20, 2022 4

Busiest course a round. If you’re in a hurry to play check it out. But it’s a right of passage in golf around here. It’s worth it.

Photo of Chris Strahley Chris Strahley
Jun 21, 2022 5

Very nice Lowkey kinda nostalgic place! Good food at grill, pro shop knowledgeable, people very friendly