Rees Jones, Inc.

Golf Course Design & Architecture

Rees Jones, Inc.
Duke University Golf Club
Durham, North Carolina
Duke University Golf Club
Course Type
Design Roles
Bunker Renovation
Steve Weisser

Client Course Description

The natural beauty of the land was integral in his design work and his vision unified by directional bunkering, visible hazards, and accessible target greens. What a perfect fit for the Duke University Golf Club! It would be difficult to describe the loving care that Rees Jones puts into the design of each and every golf course feature. He is a demanding perfectionist who insists that future playability of his work be held at a premium. Throughout the redesign, Rees scrutinized every shot possibility, observed and considered every angle so as to insure that each nuance of the golf course would be subtle, yet perfectly placed. Duke Golf Club exists for you to play, enjoy and savor the vision of Jones and Jones. It is a work of art that is a singular masterpiece and one that will leave you with the distinct impression that, indeed, in Robert Trent Jones Sr.’s words, “…the golf holes were on the ground, just lying there, waiting to be grassed over.”

Designer Notes

A complete renovation of the university-owned golf course was done in 1993. The original Robert Trent Jones routing was kept; all greens, tees, and fairway bunkers were rebuilt, and most fairways regraded. Rees Jones played for the Yale Golf team at the 1962 NCAA Championship!

In 2021 Rees Jones, Inc. renovated 6 bunkers.


Site Visit Photos

Course Photos


Tournament Year(s)
NCAA Tournament 2001


Award Publication
Fifth, Best New Resort Courses (1994) Golf Digest
Best Campus Courses Golfweek
America's Best State-By-State Courses You Can Play Golfweek


Headline Date
Duke University Golf Club Reopens September 2, 2013

More Information

For more information about Duke University Golf Club, please visit the course’s website.