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840 The Preserve Trl
Chapel Hill, NC  27517-7619
United States
P: (919) 542-5501
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Preserve Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 7,107 yards | 145 slope

75.1 rating | Bermuda grass

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Preserve Golf Course

The 18-hole "Preserve" course at the The Preserve At Jordan Lake facility in Chapel Hill, North Carolina features 7,107 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 75.1 and it has a slope rating of 145 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Davis Love, III, the Preserve golf course opened in 2002. Century Golf Partners / Arnold Palmer Golf Management manages this facility, with Gene Fones as the General Manager.


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Reviewed March 29, 2012

The Preserve at Jordan’s Lake is a course that features strong visuals and a consistent lack of even footing, complemented by a variety of hazards, including quite penal rough; this course requires you to combine target golf and bombing distance off the tee to score well.

On the upside:
- The course is visually impressive, with significant elevation changes, water, and ravines throughout
- The pace of play has been good every time I have visited, which have been weekday and weekend mornings; the regulars seem to play at a brisk pace
- There is a practice green for pitching and bunker work right beside the clubhouse, a nice amenity
- The greens are subtle and fast, especially when they are dry/recently mowed
- The staff is numerous and helpful
- The clubhouse is top tier, fully stocked with everything you will need

On the downside:
- The prices are a bit higher than the Raleigh average
- Even good tee shots typically result in second shots in which the ball is above or below your feet, and/or uphill or downhill lies
- Due to the numerous environmentally sensitive areas, water hazards, in-play ravines, strong tree lines, and deep rough, this track requires an accurate game to score; if you are not comfortable playing to a spot, be prepared for a grind
- In several places, the homes that line the fairways are very close
- You cannot hit woods on the practice range, a killer given that this course demands long, accurate drives
- The course plays seriously long (6600) from the blue tees and brutally long (7100) from the black tees; you will need your driver and your fairway woods/long irons humming to score from either

Overall, this is an intensely demanding course with striking views and persistent topographical challenges. My sense is that the course has been over-engineered to match the evolving ideal of what a modern course should look like. This takes some of the fun out of the experience, as I don’t like to grind every round. Still, definitely worth the occasional visit to test your precision and focus.

Reviewed September 07, 2011

i give this 4.75 stars. This is truly a tough and beautiful course. Plenty of variety here. This is one long course from the tips. You get some help with a few downhill holes but some elevated greens take that back. I remember only one hole where i did not take the driver, but the hole is a pretty one and requires an accurate tee shot no longer than 230-250(depending on if you get lucky and run it down a small slope to a flat area at the end of the fairway beyond the bunkers, you really have to get lucky). Other than that let it rip but avoid the rough at all costs. The Bermuda grass just eats up balls. I could not find my ball for 5 minutes a few times when i just missed greens. It covers the ball right up. My only gripe was that the greens were a little slow due to aerating them the week before, although they showed no signs of that. The heat was also excessive and cutting them short after aeration with that heat would fry them. They rolled true. The course was empty on a Tuesday late morning-early afternoon. I played through a few groups with no problem too. August special was $30 and i would of payed double if i had to. Houses do not take away from scenery of course either. Nice friendly staff.

Reviewed April 27, 2011

Good Course, watch make sure to look for specials online because they will not offer at the club house. Good course for the price, but over crowded.

Reviewed April 26, 2011

Great course. Practice facility is good. Greens are fast and great fun to putt. Layout is fun with plenty of variety. Several of the holes feel like Augusta (large trees, elevation changes, quick greens). I played several courses in the Durham area while there for a wedding. This is the one course I would make a point of going back to.

Reviewed August 23, 2009

Great golf course for the money ($35 if you pay online). Typically, I play the tips or the blue tees. Long course from the tips, especially, #8. Hit a driver and a 4 iron to a back pin location. Nice par threes. I recommend this course to all my friends.

Reviewed July 06, 2009

Just played on 7/3/09, love the course. One of my favorites in the area. Few complains though. Course starters elected to stop us on hole 7 to advise us we were 10mins behind. After that discussion we were 15mins behind. Their theory is we should keep pace with group in front. Well, what if the group in front are 3 or 4 scratch golfers?? We were not holding up anyone. That troubled me. Hit a quick hook off that tee. Next, if you want quick play cut the rough to a manageable level or place rangers out on all holes except par 3's to spot balls. Also, please keep enough sand in you bunkers. Kind of tough hitting out of a bunker 7feet tall with no sand in it (hole 10, front left bunker), other holes same way. Too much effort on speed golf especially with rough like that, if I hit a $5 golf ball in the rough you best be sure I'm looking for it, at least my five minutes worth. I'm not happy with paying hard earned money and then being told to basically hurry up, especially when I'm not holding up anyone. Can you say RECESSION!!! Other than that I still love the course. Davis Love III knows how to make a hard but fair course, let's try not to mess it up management..

Reviewed July 29, 2008

Nicest Community style golf course that I have played. Lots of marsh areas coupled with a tight tree line rewards the accurate golfer.

Reviewed January 25, 2008

Reviewed August 10, 2007


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  • Latest Scores
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 John E. 6 44 38 11/02/08
2 Cory B. N/A 46 46 08/30/11
3 Weston K. 21 88 67 04/22/11
4 Jeremy F. 19 87 68 07/07/14
5 Paul P. 17 86 69 05/22/11
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7 Christopher S. 22 97 75 04/27/19
7 Christopher S. 22 95 72 10/21/18
23 Kyle H. 16 95 79 01/25/17
7 Christopher S. 24 101 77 06/26/16
18 John S. 12 87 75 06/21/16

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About The Preserve At Jordan Lake

The Preserve At Jordan Lake

Community facility

Managed by Century Golf Partners / Arnold Palmer Golf Management

40 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

Tournaments of The Preserve At Jordan Lake

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Course Staff

Gene Fones, General Manager
Josh Greene, Golf Professional
Brian Peters, Superintendent

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