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Hedingham Golf Club. Designed by architect David Postlethwait, this semiprivate course has water hazards on eight holes. Watch out for Hole 1, where a large pond affects your play three times. 4801 Harbour Towne Dr., Raleigh, NC, 27604. 919/250–3030. www.hedingham.org. 18 holes. 6609 yds. Par 71. Green Fee: $25–$40. Facilities: Golf carts, golf academy/lessons.
Lochmere Golf Club. Designed by Carolina PGA Hall of Famer Gene Hamm, this course meanders through the tree-lined links, challenging players with several different types of water hazards. A tiered green makes Hole 3 a difficult par 3. 2511 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary, NC, 27511. 919/851–0611. www.lochmere.com. 18 holes. 6627 yds. Par 71. Green Fee: $25–$59. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant.
Neuse Golf Club. About 20 minutes from downtown Raleigh, this semiprivate course feels far from the city's hustle and bustle. The 1993 John LaFoy–designed course, which follows the Neuse River, is characterized by rolling fairways and rock outcroppings. 918 Birkdale Dr., Clayton, NC, 27527. 919/550–0550. www.neusegolf.com. 18 holes. 7010 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $35–$69. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons.