|Address:||115 Falls Village Dr, Durham, NC 27703, USA|
At a time when the golf industry needs more golfers, Falls Village does what it can to drive off business. And that is exactly why I nor my company will ever host a pair, foursome, or tournament here. On this past weekend, I went to practice on the range, only to get hassled bystaff. I go to buy 2 baskets of balls because the baskets have shrunk by 50% in the last 3 years (more on that another time). And the pro shop staff tells me they can only sell me 1 basket. If this is a policy it is absurd, but I am not sure it is strictly enforce, because I know guys have purchased multiple baskets for the range, including myself as soon as 3 weeks ago. I tell him my coach is on the way, so can I get one for him. He tells me no, and my coach cant teach me anything on their range because it conflicts with their Staff pros business. I tell him coach isnt charging me, he is just a friend trying to help me out and he insists we will be "run off" if he is coaching on "their range". I have seen countless people giving advice to other golfers on the range. Again, I am not sure if this is policy of just another way to "run off" certain patrons. On any occassion, I left and went to Hillandale Golf Course. Fran, Carl, and Joe were more than welcoming, and even gave a few pointers, in the midst of preparing for a tournament that day. So my lesson this weekend is, if you want to get a fair deal and try to enjoy a day of golf (practicing or playing) Falls Village is not the place.
8/2017 Update - Issues with the traps are well documented so I wont dwell. They are what they are and never will be playable during a season with rain. Grass growing better than it did before the changes from a couple yrs ago and of course a course without homes is a huge bonus. Now I get the sense the staff has given up. For example they have two huge practice greens but only two flags and Saturday I think 3 holes cut. Hot dogs used to be grilled now they are, I dont even how to describe the quality of the dogs and burgers for a premium price. Few working ball washers. At least the carts were clean this time. Details matter. ---------------------------- At a time where they clearly need revenue its hard to understand whats going on. For example last tuesday I tried to buy range balls at 6:32 PM. The club house is locked up. Front and back, cant even go inside to buy a beer or soda much less range balls. I counted 31 cars in teh parking lot and 10 people on the range. Did the pro just decide to lock up and play golf? The best thing about the course is how there are no houses on it! Given the tree lined fairways you often feel like your the only group on the course. Greens were alittle rough last weekend. Surprised as usually this time of year they are harder and less easily damaged by ball marks. I would have voted 4 stars except for the above.
Where do I start? Do you like nice greens? Do you like greens that roll true? Do you like grass on tee boxes? If you answered "yes" to any of the previous questions, then Falls Village is NOT for you. Its truly sad how Falls Village conditions have deteriorated over the years. What was once a fun course to play has become an absolute joke. When calling I was told, "There are a couple of greens with heat stress, but theyre rolling really well besides that". Haha...I WISH that was actually true. Now dont get me wrong - they were correct about some of the greens having heat stress (i.e. only having grass cover ~40% of the green) but the "decent" greens were still a joke. They were dinged up, spongy, slow, and bumpy on every single roll. If you pay anything more than about $20, just go ahead and flush that money down the toilet...at least youd be able to see yourself throw away money instead of gradually losing it over the course of 18 holes. Fun layout, but a disaster of course condition. Keep scrolling to other golf courses if youre looking on golfnow/online. Youll be happy you did.
What a terrible looking course. Granted it just rained Friday but my 4-some lost about 8 balls in the bunker because of the HUGE muddy puddles in them. We played on Sunday. Greens Superintendent should probably take a pay cut or be fired. The fairways were brutal. Weeds and crabgrass with a mix of dirt. Enough of the course so I can move onto the clubhouse. It was a busy Sunday on a public course with no cart girl to supply beverages or snacks. Cant bring coolers so you would think you could provide some refreshments. Not only was there no cart girl, the grill at the clubhouse wasnt open. No food?!?! You have got to be kidding me. You are missing out on a huge opportunity to make some money. My 4-some wouldve bought a 12-pack and 6 hot dogs. We were just 4 guys with a tee sheet of 100? This place wont be open next year
Course is in great shape! I played this course today along with my brother-in-law. This was the third time we had played it in the last month. Compared to several different that we have played this year, this course is in the best shape - hands down...period! Everything is nearly 100% greened-up and looking great considering the time of year. The greens are especially rolling true, as well. On one of the holes, we spotted a member of the maintenance team, Kyle Pipkin, and we thanked him for the job hes done, specifically. He was so grateful, respectful, courteous, and humble and that made us feel good, too. I would recommend everyone hitting this course ahead of the really stifling hot months so that you can enjoy a nice round. We will be back again and again!
This is a course that is extremely challenging and not well maintained. I have played the course multiple times in the fall months and have lost tee shots just because they rolled off the fairway. They let the rough grow out and there are leaves all over the place. It also has very tight fairways. If you cannot drive the golf ball straight I would not suggest going to this golf course. There are plenty of other options in the area with wide fairways. If you are looking to challenge yourself with a tight layout this place isnt too bad. Unfortunately, it is a little bit high priced for the lack of maintenance. Also, the greens were never in great shape when I played this course. That is something to consider when deciding to play Falls Village.
Played the course June 23rd (2014) -- Monday. Great condition compared to a year (and more) ago. Staff was pleasant and eager to please. Marshall was on the course and worked to keep the pace reasonable. Many workers out maintaining the course and they stopped their machines and turned off the engines while players hit their balls. More grass on the fairways than Ive ever seen at Falls Village before. The tee boxes and greens are in great shape. New golf carts are a wonderful improvement. Ill keep playing there -- senior rates are great.