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Raleigh in the Rough According to Golf Digest

Posted July 16, 1998

— If you like golf in North Carolina, you know that we've got it-- at the beach, the sandhills and even the mountains. Surprisingly, Raleigh is receiving some negative golf press from a national publication.

In this month'sGolf Digest, the magazine ranks the best and worst cities for golf. Surprisingly, Raleigh is ranked 300th of 309 cities. The criteria for the rankings included the number of public courses per population. If you play golf, you know there are plenty of places to play in this area.

"There are choices in modern designs, new designs, traditional designs, short courses, long courses," explains Wake Forest Country Club golf pro Mike Gardner. "There's a choice of pretty much everything within this area."

"We seem to not have the problem of getting tee times," says golfer Mark Toupie. "It's exciting to come out here and hit the ball straight on a hot day."

You won't have a problem finding a place to play. But according toGolf Digest, you might have a problem finding a quality place to play. Not too many of Raleigh's golf courses are ranked among the nation's best.

"There are only three or four golf courses around here that have been ranked fairly high on those golf course surveys to give a nice mix of that," admits Heddingham Golf Course director Rik Wall. "That's probably where those ratings come from."

Don't worry, hackers. With over 30 courses to choose from, there are great places to tee it up.

"As far as golf courses at reasonable prices and plenty of them out there to play, sure, Raleigh has its fair share," Wall says.

Just swing away and don't believe everything you read.

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