The Pleasures of Old Chatham Golf Course

The Pleasures of Old Chatham Golf Club

Durham, NC – I love to golf. Winter, summer, rain or shine, nothing’s better than a few hours on the golf course. One of my favorites is Old Chatham Golf Club.

Old Chatham Golf Club

Just over the Chatham County line on O’Kelly Chapel Road in Durham, Old Chatham Golf Club is a golf-only club for golf enthusiasts. No tennis, no pool, just golf.

The Rees Jones-designed course opened for play in 2001. 2012 saw improvements to half a dozen of the greens, new bunkers and renovations to cart paths.

Service is excellent at Old Chatham. It’s a challenging course, but peaceful and not overcrowded like many courses. You can really focus in on your game.

The brainchild of about 50 Triangle business leaders – including Jim Hyler, former president of the U.S. Golf Association, and legendary UNC basketball coach Dean Smith – Old Chatham was built to cater to the desires of pure golf lovers that wanted to play the game without outside distractions.

A Golf Club, Not A Country Club

Old Chatham is really a unique experience in the Triangle. From their website:

Old Chatham is a golf club, not a country club. Here golf is played on an 18-hole championship course set in 400 acres of protected woodlands – a rare sanctuary forever free of real estate development. Native forest separates the fairways, giving each group the feeling that it has the course all to itself. The golf course and grounds are maintained with exceptional attention to detail and a seamless combination of both modern and traditional maintenance practices, giving one the sense that the golf course at Old Chatham has been quietly in existence for many years.


Old Chatham is one of only a handful of regional clubs to maintain a caddie program. The use of caddies is a time-honored tradition and is an integral part of the playing experience at Old Chatham. While not mandatory, both caddies and forecaddies are available.


Membership at Old Chatham is by invitation only. The number of members is kept small to preserve the uncrowded, realxed environment.

Learn more about membership at Old Chatham.