Golf Courses in the Triangle Area

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I was recently asked by a client that is looking to relocate to the Triangle which golf courses are public or private. Additionally, which of those courses have communities attached to them. While there was a lot of information about the courses themselves, many of them didn’t have the ability to see the community that was attached. I knew the big ones: Prestonwood, Briar Creek, Governors Club, Wakefield, Heritage, Hasentree, North Hills, 12 Oaks and MacGregor Downs to name a few. But what about the others? I took some time to compile a list of country clubs in the area. They are listed with membership and contact information. While this may not be an all-inclusive list, it should contain the majority of the golf courses in the Triangle and their affiliated neighborhoods. I welcome your feedback and contribution to this list.

Interested in purchasing a home in one of these beautiful communities?  Give me a call at 919-964-0732 or visit my website at


Name/Web Site City Type Phone Website
Bentwinds Fuquay Varina Private Club 919-552-5656
Brier Creek Country Club Raleigh Private 919-206-4653
Capital Golf Center Raleigh Range 919-570-6500
Carolina CC Raleigh Private 919-787-2134
Carolina Lakes Sanford Public 919-499-5421
Carolina Trace Sanford Private 919-499-5611
CC of Johnston County Smithfield Public 919-934-4544
Cedar Grove Hillsborough Public 919-732-8397
Chapel Hill CC Chapel Hill Private 919-932-2857
Chapel Ridge Pittsboro Semi-Private 919-545-2242
Croasdaile CC Durham Private 919-383-2517
Crooked Creek Fuquay Varina Semi-Private 919-557-7529
Crossings at Grove Park Durham Public 919-596-7298
Devils Ridge Holly Springs Semi-Private 919-557-6100
Duke University Durham Public 919-681-2288
Eagle Ridge Garner Public 919-661-6300
Falls Village Durham Public 919-596-4653
Finley Chapel Hill Public 919-962-2349
Garner CC Garner Private 919-772-2587
Governers Club Chapel Hill Private 919-918-7214
Hasentree Wake Forest Private 959-556-3429
Hedingham Raleigh Public 919-250-3030
Heritage Club Wake Forest Semi-Private 919-453-2020
Hidden Valley Willow Springs Semi-Private 919-639-4071
Hillandale Durham Public 919-286-4211
Hope Valley Durham Private 919-489-6565
Knights Play Apex Range & Par-3 919-303-4653
Lake Winds Rougemont Public 919-471-4653
Lakeshore Durham Public 919-596-2401
Lochmere Cary Semi-Private 919-851-0611
MacGregor Downs Cary Private 919-467-1895
Mill Creek Mebane Public 919-563-4653
North Ridge Raleigh Private 919-847-0796
Occoneechee Hillsborough Semi-Private 919-732-3435
Olde Liberty Youngsville Semi-Private 919-554-4690
Paschal Wake Forest Public 919-556-5861
Pine Hollow Clayton Public 919-553-4554
Plantation Golf Clayton Public 919-553-5247
Preserve at Jordan Lake Chapel Hill Semi-Private 919-542-5501
Prestonwood Cary Private 919-467-9601
Quail Ridge Sanford Public 919-776-6623
Raleigh CC Raleigh Private 919-231-6451
River Ridge Raleigh Semi-Private 919-661-8374
Riverwood Clayton Semi-Private 919-550-1919
Siler City CC Siler City Semi-Private 919-742-3721
Tee to Green Range Apex Range 919-362-1233
Tobacco Road Sanford Public 919-775-1940
Treyburn CC Durham Private 919-620-0055
Triangle Golf Center Raleigh Range 919-848-0231
Twin Lakes Chapel Hill Public 919-933-1024
Umstead Pines Durham Private 919.383.5511
Wakefield (TPC) Raleigh Private 919-488-5100
Wendell CC Wendell Public 919-365-7337
Wildwood Green Raleigh Semi-Private 919-846-8376
Wil-Mar Raleigh Public 919-266-1800
Zebulon CC Zebulon Semi-Private 919-269-8311


Does my home need be show ready before listing?

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I get this question – a lot.  Sellers are anxious to get their homes on the market and get it sold.  They want to move on with their lives.

The answer is quite simply, “Yes”.  Patience Pays! Why?  Here are seven reasons:

1) My photographer will be there.  He will take photos to highlight your homes features.  These photos will be syndicated on 1000’s of websites.  It will be the first opportunity more than 90% of homebuyers see your home. Your home needs to be in the best shape possible for these photos.

2) Getting your home “show ready” is more than minor touch ups of paint.  It includes decluttering, repairing trim, staging, maintenance (especially sewer if you have one), landscaping, replacing old carpet, etc.  If buyers walk in and see things that are not in proper order, they will over estimate the amount required to fix them and undervalue your home.

3) Even with the low inventory, buyers are still looking for a deal.  They are willing to wait for the right house or the right community. Many have just enough for the down payment and don’t have extra money to throw in for that new carpet or to paint the house.

4) Put yourself into the buyer’s perspective.  If you were shown two homes; one in great condition and one that needed a couple thousand dollars worth of work, which would you choose?

5) Homes that are show ready sell faster and for higher amounts than those that aren’t.  Even if you agree to fix items during due diligence and while the home is listed.  On average homes that need work are on the market for 3 times longer than those ready to go.

6) Realtors will stop showing your home if it is not in great condition.  We Realtors are gossipy types.  We love to talk about what’s on the market. If your home isn’t in the best shape, the whole town will know pretty quickly.

7) I address these concerns with my sellers before the home is listed.  I suggest that they get their homes “Certified Pre-Owned”.  That way they are in the best shape possible to get the best amount possible for their home.

Don’t know what Certified Pre-Owned is?  Give me a call and find out. 919-964-0732, or


5 Tips Every Real Estate Investor Should Know

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Ever thought about buying property to renovate and flip or hold and rent?  Don’t know where to start?  Starting as a real estate investor can be a daunting task and is completely different than investing in the stock market.  Here are 10 tips to start your path as a real estate investor.

1)    Know your budget – The price of the investment property is only the beginning of the expense.  If financing, talk to a broker that is knowledgeable in investment property.  They can give you guidance in costs to obtain the loan and monthly mortgage expenses.  Make sure you have an inspection done to know what repairs need to be made and any other hidden gems (mold, insect infestation, structural damages).  Do research on tax impacts of real estate investing on both a local, state and federal level.

Determine what carrying costs will be for vacancies (utilities, home owner associations, insurance, maintenance, marketing, management fees, and mortgage costs).  Make sure to factor that into the budget.

Do your research to determine what the property would rent for.  What return are you looking for?  Make sure opportunity costs are factored into that return and get your rental rates priced right to minimize the vacancy costs.  Is the neighborhood appreciating or depreciating?

2)    Talk to other investors – Get feedback on your questions from other investors.  Many cities have investor networks that are looking to collaborate or mastermind with. Look on Facebook, Meetup or other sites to find a meeting.  If you have questions, they can be a good place to find guidance.

3)    Know the history – If buying property where a tenant is in place.  Find out more about it.  Payment history, repair requests, damages, background, lease terms.  This can affect the terms of the contract and factors into your budget and goals.

4)    Know your exit strategy – How long do you want to own and rent this property?  What are your 1, 2, 5, and 10 year horizons?  Is this a stepping stone to buying other properties?  Is this going to help with your retirement plans?  What are you going to do when you no longer want to invest?

5)    Build your team – Surround yourself with professionals that can help you throughout your journey.  Consult a Realtor, financial planner, tax specialist, mortgage broker, property manager, building inspector and attorney, among others.  Make sure they are knowledgeable with investment property.

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Wake County Schools Announces School Caps

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On March 4th, Wake County Public Schools announced that many schools are capped for the 2014-2015 school year.  What does that mean?  You are not guaranteed a seat on the school you are zoned for if it is capped.  There are of course certain criteria that you can use to make sure that your child gets into his/her base school.  Below is a list of schools that are capped:

    • Elementary Schools: Alston Ridge, Brooks, Cedar Fork, Combs, Green, Hodge Road, Holly Grove, Holly Ridge, Holly Springs, Hunter, Jones Dairy, Lacy, Leesville Road, Forest Pines, Mills Park, North Ridge, Walnut Creek

    • Middle School: Mills Park Middle

    • High Schools: Apex High, Holly Springs High

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