2009-12-02

Finley Named One Of Top 10 College Courses In The Nation

Enjoy an early Thanksgiving.Carolina's home course recognized at No. 7.

Finley No. 7 On GolfChannel.com

The University of North Carolina's Finley Golf Course has been selected by The Golf Channel as the nation's No. 7 college course in America. GolfChannel.com polled more than 160 college golf coaches to determine the best college courses in the country.

Traditionally recognized as one of the most beautiful courses in the southeast, Finley received a facelift in 1999 by renowned golf course designer Tom Fazio that makes it one of the most challenging as well.

The new course features a par 72 layout with five sets of tees ranging from 4,981 yards from the forward tees to 7,187 yards from the championship markers, thus presenting a stiff challenge to the best golfers while still remaining accessible to those of all skill levels. Tees, greens and fairways were built and planted to the highest standard, while a state-of-the-art irrigation system and exceptional drainage maintains the quality of the course. In addition, the practice range was expanded and rebuilt and the clubhouse and snack shop underwent extensive renovations.

Carolina's golf teams also have a new team facility, the Chapman Golf Center which opened in November 2001. The 4,500-square-foot facility houses offices for the men's and women's golf coaches, men's and women's locker rooms, a team meeting room and a reception area. A Hall of Honor which honors former Carolina players and coaches is planned for the future. There is also a climate controlled individual teaching area with two hitting bays and a state-of-the-art teaching system. At the far end of the range adjacent to the team facility is the Williamson Golf Team Practice Facility used exclusively by the men's and women's golf teams. In addition to a practice range, there are putting and chipping greens as well as bunkers so the teams can hone their short games. All of these superb facilities are located just a couple miles from Carolina's campus. 

UNC Finley Golf Course, originally designed by George Cobb and built by Raleigh businessman A. E. Finley, opened in 1949. Three holes were added in the early 1980s, also designed by Cobb, and the clubhouse underwent renovations in 1988.

Over the years, Finley has been host to many collegiate, high school and amateur competitions. Finley also plays host to the annual A. E. Finley Executive Cup Tournament and to championships conducted by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

UNC Finley Golf Course is located off Highway 54 in Chapel Hill. It is frequented by Carolina students, faculty and staff as well as many alumni of the University.