Durham is maybe on the rough side, North Raleigh is nice as is Chapel Hill, and Pinehurst is only 60 miles south with Tobacco Rd along the way .. and the Greensboro area is just *loaded* with golf courses and thats only 50 miles west of Chapel Hill...
If you're really a golf enthusiast like myself ... consider finding a cheap airfare to the area, book a nice comfortable room, grab a rental car and spend 2 or 3 days in the area and look around without an agent ... most agents really don't know the area much further that a few miles from their office, in the meantime you'll miss the other 50 sq miles of excellent golf ... oh yeah, bring your clubs.
Good luck and happy hunting.!
Good luck; I hope you end up as happy as we are!
You might also consider the Hope Valley Country Club and Brier Creek Country Club neighborhoods. Both are very popular and have shown a history of good resale.