BoardRoom magazine has awarded Governors Club in Chapel Hill, NC, its prestigious Distinguished Emerald Club of the World award. The trade publication that serves private clubs makes the award annually.
Governors Club joins other top clubs in BoardRoom’s “Residential Country Club” category that we follow here at Golf Community Reviews, including Belfair, Berkeley Hall and Colleton River in Bluffton, SC; the Daniel Island Club outside Charleston, SC; the Club at Mediterra in Naples, FL; and Spring Island in Okatie, SC. (BoardRoom maintains a separate, more expansive category for “Golf Clubs” not built within a residential community.)
That experience is in full display at Governors Club, which features 27 holes by Jack Nicklaus that opened for play in 1990, shortly after the community’s developers began selling properties on the 1,600-acre plot. This year, the North Carolina Golf Rating Panel ranked the Nicklaus layout as the 36th best in the state, a huge jump from its placement at 57th in the 2014 poll. The expansive Governors Club clubhouse deserves similar plaudits; we have eaten the food and can testify to its high quality.
The modest changes in elevation on the golf course and the impressive rock outcroppings mirror the terrain of the entire community, one of the most imaginatively laid out of any we have visited. Home prices, which were battered in the wake of the 2008 recession, have sprung back to pre-recession levels but are still relatively modest, beginning in the high $300s and up, in a community that was recognized by BoardRoom “for providing an excellent member experience.” One of the best buys currently listed in Governors Club is a 4 bedroom, 2 ½ bath, 3,149 square foot house in one of the more level neighborhoods in the community, ideal for walking. Its list price of $389,900 works out to $124 per square foot, land included. To build a home on one of Governors Club’s remaining lots – they begin in the $60s – would run to $150 per square foot or more.
You can access all the Governors Club currently available properties for sale – as well as listings in 60 other top communities in the Southeast -- in our Golf Homes for Sale section. Or for more information about Governors Club, contact Kay Dunson, our real estate professional in Chapel Hill.