The Right Time to Hit the Links

For Duke employees, afternoon rates at Duke University Golf Club are hard to beat

Golfers enjoy an afternoon round at Duke University Golf Club.
Golfers enjoy an afternoon round at Duke University Golf Club.

Mary Beck White-Sutton is still somewhat new to golf. The sector director, consulting in the Career Management Center at the Fuqua School of Business, has only been playing seriously for less than a year.

“We’re not going to count Putt-Putt,” White-Sutton said.

She says her favorite time to get out on Duke University Golf Club’s rolling, tree-lined fairways is in the late afternoon. Mary Beck White-Sutton

“It’s breathtaking,” White-Sutton said. “There is a time in the late afternoon when the sun is still up, but it starts to ease off, the air is cooling, it’s gorgeous.”

At this time of year, playing in the late afternoon has other perks, too. Members of the Duke community can get a taste of the university’s own golf course at a savings. The cheapest rate goes to faculty and staff who play after 4 p.m.: On weekends, they play for $35; on weekdays, the cost drops to $30. After 4 p.m., a cart is $15.

Duke University Golf Club General Manager and Director of Golf Ed Ibarguen said that with plenty of daylight and not much traffic on the course, most golfers can get in a full 18-hole round with an afternoon tee time.

“There’s a handful of people that take advantage of it,” Ibarguen said.

Other golf savings for Duke employees include daytime rounds on weekends for $60, down from $90 for the general public. Fully priced weekday rounds are $70, versus $45 for faculty and staff.

Opened in 1957 the course’s 18 holes are set among 120 acres in Duke Forest. The course was designed by influential golf architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. – and later renovated by his son Rees Jones. The course has hosted the NCAA Championship twice.

To book a tee time, call 919-681-2288 or visit