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478 Reviews (478)
5 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
3.5
Value
3.7
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.5
78.9%
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407 out of 478 reviews
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4.7
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4.7
Value
3.6
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.9
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4.2
18 Reviews (18)
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Conditions
3.8
Value
3.6
Layout
4.7
Pace
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Amenities
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StaffFriendliness
4.4
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6543 yards
Slope 138
Rating 72.5
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Tot Hill Farm Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 2000
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round. High Season: March - November
Architect Mike Strantz (2000) Michael Gleason

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in North Carolina (2016 #23)

Reviews

4.0
478 Reviews (478)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 13
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 64
Undulating Greens 59
Forced Carries 49
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 48
Advanced Golfers 46
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 31
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 58
In the 'Burbs 11
Near Local Attractions 6

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Reviews 56
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Amazing course, super low play

This course is everything you’d expect from Mike Strantz. Blind shots, massive undulations and loads of fun. Too many memorable holes to mention. Course conditions are great too. Never played before the restoration but the zoysia putting greens roll great. The only hiccup was pace of play. We teed off at 10:45 and didn’t finish until 4:30. Unacceptable! We were stuck behind a group of 20+ slowpoke Ryder Cup wannabes all day long. One of them was urinating in the parking lot as I was driving away.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 335
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Just-in-time revival of Strantz’s ‘other’ N.C. design is a revelation

For many golfers, the public courses of Mike Strantz – two each in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia – are a bracing introduction to the creative possibilities of golf course architecture. The most eccentric of these is Tobacco Road, whose love-it-or-hate-it reputation makes for entertaining 19th-Hole debate. About 50 minutes northwest, Tot Hill Farm has flown under the radar in large part because it struggled with conditioning and limited resources. That all changed when the course came under new ownership, and its 2023 restoration has given it more promise than it had even on its original opening day.

Key to that revival was the removal of 1,500 trees, which have given the holes – and their turf valuable room to breathe and sunlight in which to do it. New zoysia grass on the greens will mature and improve each year. The course finally has a clubhouse, a restored 19th-century farmhouse that is a great hangout spot and compliments the course beautifully. In the wake of this home-run of a project, Tot Hill Farm’s best days are yet to come.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Put a lot of money to make it in great shape!!

The course is in great shape and feels like a country Pinehurst with challenging holes and beautiful greens and fairways. It’s worth it for a golf treat for yourself. They obviously spent a lot of money to upgrade the course and facilities. It’s plush!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

An Absolute Gem!

I love GC design and nothing gets me going more than a Stranz. The course has gone to great lengths to get this place back to it's intended prestige and artful design. The course is great all around. The clubhouse is really well done and could use a restaurant/grill but they had some ready made BBQ sandwiches that hit the spot! The staff is as friendly of a course staff i have ever came across, everyone was excited for us to play like they were proud of their product. The greens were just converted so speed wasn't superfast but they were in great shape and rolled pretty true. I could go on and on about the design but it must be played to understand.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Most overpriced golf course I've ever played.

$135 to play the course is ludicrous.
I played the track for the first 10 years it was open in the early 2000's..
At that time it was very reasonably priced, albeit difficult to play.
It has recently been rebuilt with new greens and updated traps and a few more niceties.
Along with the new ownership has come a tripling in greens fees.
This is Randolph NC not Myrtle beach of a golfing resort. The fees are commensurate with a luxurious resort course and they are quite laughable.
They have priced the track out of reach for the average working stiff and we seniors.
At the current prices this course will never fly and I for one hope it does not!
Puzzled in N.C........................Hdcp. 8, from the seniors, age 79 and still rabid for golf, mostly 9 holes 3-4 times a week.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Course is Great Again!

This Mike Strantz gem of a course has had some tough times but it is now back in pristine condition. The new owner has installed new turf on the greens and the entire course is now very lush. The greens run a little slow because of the newness but are smooth and healthy. They should get progressively faster in the months ahead. The holes are unique, interesting and beautiful. Typical Strantz greatness. They are more visually challenging than they play as Strantz wants the golfer to think before hitting. Most holes that appear to be narrow or difficult have alternate routes that get you to the green with less stress. The most difficult challenge for most golfers might be the number of uneven lies you will experience on this rolling layout. Come for the experience but do not let your score the first time around spoil the fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Has potential

Rolling hills with rocky outcrops. Challenging elevation changes. The new owner said the green will be overhauled in three weeks. Grounds maintenance was on the course during play.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 22
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not Now

Great layout but they are transitioning to new geeens and doing a lot of work around the entire course
I would wait to play and hope rates aren’t outrageous when they reopen I’m excited for the reopening
I am upset they took down the tree on the left on 12 by water / fairway left edge but most other changes seem good

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Making lots of changes. Getting ready to close till September because of greens conversion

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 60
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

It’s a tough course

They are going to close may 14 . Getting new Bermuda greeens , opening back up Labor Day

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent Value!

I wasn't sure what to expect with Tot Hill Farms... reviews on GolfNow were all over the map, but I decided I should play Tot Hill before they renovate to see the before and compare to the after, for a $36 hot deal it was a no brainer.

The design itself is an amazing Strantz layout, it honestly could be a better layout than Tobacco Road (my opinion). The conditions were not perfect, some tee boxes were struggling but the greens and the rest of the course were in awesome shape! I think the greens rolled a 9 or 10 and if you were above the hole you were dead.

Do yourself a favor and play it before they close in May to Renovate, guy in the proshop said they were hoping to be back open in September.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

$74 definitely not worth the money

Played today with friends. Could not believe we paid $74 to play this course. The layout is really good, but it ends there. The cart paths are torn up everywhere, many are just rocks. There are trees cut down all over the place. The greens are in ok shape, but many of them are not that great. Bunkers are completely torn up, I guess they are replacing them. No signage anywhere for tees, holes or directions.

There was 1 guy working in the pro shop. He was collecting for greens fees and also getting food. What the heck is going on here? Maybe 25 people playing here as the cost to play is definitely not worth the experience. Now I know why no one was out there today, it's not worth it.

We were told changes were coming, so why are they charging so much for a course in disarray? So if you are considering playing the course, go somewhere else. I would be embarrassed as the owners to charge this much. The course is not worth the price to play.

If you want alcohol, bring your own as they dont serve it. Good luck finding a trash can on the golf course. I had a turkey and cheese sandwich at the turn, what a joke, worst ive ever had a golf course.. Come on people...if this is all you have to offer, charge $30 per person or shut it down now.

Mike Strantz is rolling over in his grave seeing how this place is run. Good luck to the new owners who are supposedly doubling the greens fees. They have a lot of work to do to make this a $50 golf course, much less a $74 course. Greens are fun and entertaining, but don't waste your time here.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good layout that will improve with time

We played this course on the way to True Blue/Caledonia, and could definitely see the Mike Strantz creativity in the layout. Several spots where the fairways and greens need a little TLC, but it is apparent that the new ownership is heavily investing in the future of this course. If you can get over the construction on the perimeter of the course, you will enjoy the course for the price. I will be interested in seeing how the course matures over the next 3-5 yrs.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A Great Experience

We played THF on a perfect late February day.A unique difficult course designed around big rocks,lots of streams and extreme elevation changes,both up and down.
The course isn’t in great shape but they are doing lots of work on it.Many trees have been cut to open air flow and bunker are being redone.
Give it a try,it’s worth the drive for the price.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Great course

One of the best courses around, in my opinion. It's been a while since the greens were decent, and they were today. They have cut trees around the greens which has helped significantly. They also told me they were going to be changing out the greens to bermuda shortly, and the course would be closing. Also said the rates would be going up significantly.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens are back!

Glad to see the greens have recovered from the disaster last year and earlier this year! Still some spotty rough spots but mainly quite puttable and smooth! Lots of work going on with tree removable as well. Looks like the owners are finally investing in this hidden gem. Can’t wait to get back, one of my personal favorites in the area. Similar to Tobacco Road but much more affordable. Nice job THF!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

If not NOW? WHEN?

This was one of the funniest most memorable days of golf for me and my brother. I took him to Tot Hill Farm for his 60th birthday. Pace of play was perfect. Waited on one hole. Conditions of course are outstanding. It’s NEW! Staff was superb! Could not have been friendlier. Snack bar stocked with goodies for the turn. Pro shop right on par with all you may want. Book the course already!

You may read reviews where others complain about the green fee increase. When you play this course and see what the renovations the new owners have done, not only for the course, but the club house too, you will find yourself saying this course is a bargain!

My recommendation to the owners is just one. When the financial resources allow, replace the gas carts with electric. I would guess that could get pretty expensive especially if you need to get additional power supply for charging along with refresh of the cart barn. We love the game and are grateful owners like yourself risk it all and give us a place to to play. We all thank you!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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