The Duke Faculty Club is a private swim, tennis, and fitness facility for all full-time employees of Duke University and the Duke University Health System, as well as Duke Alumni. We are surrounded by the rugged and scenic trails of Duke Forest and the immaculate greens of the Washington Duke Hotel and Duke University Golf Club. Offering year round social and recreational opportunities, the Duke Faculty Club is the perfect spot for the entire family.


The Duke Faculty Club origins date to the formation of the Faculty Club of Trinity College in 1918 with 15 members. Through the years, the growth of the Duke community created a need for permanent recreational facilities. In 1967, the dreams of many members came true when plans were made to build a permanent facility located within Duke Forest on acreage immediately adjoining, but fully secluded from, the Duke Golf Course.

Construction of the DFC's new home was completed in April 1971. The facilities included a clubhouse with men's and women's locker rooms, swimming and tennis facilities, and a snack bar. Since that time, the DFC has expanded its facilities and offerings to include lap pools, picnic shelter, playground, outdoor basketball courts, fitness center, summer camps, and a two story activities building to support its many programs.

The original campus served the club well for the past 40+ years, but membership and programmatic growth mandated the next generation of facility upgrades. In 2014, the DFC completed an ambitious overhaul of the entire recreational campus. Most of the original facilities were replaced and upgraded with a completely redefined look, feel, and experience for DFC members and guests. 

Guest Policy

Guests are allowed at the DFC as long as they are signed-in and accompanied by a member. The price is $5.00 for all guests. Please sign your guests in at the check in kiosk.

Groups of 10 guests or more require prior authorization before coming to the club. Please call the office no less than one week before your event.

Long-term guest passes are available for house guests that are staying for less than six months (e.g., grown children, in-laws, grandkids). Please inquire at the front office for more details.

Non-DFC Members

All guests and visitors must check in with the admin office to receive a temporary one-day parking pass. Non-DFC Members are sometimes able to participate in DFC programming such as summer camps and tennis lessons. Please contact the club to learn about what may be available.

Lost & Found

The lost and found is located in the Game Room. Any items that are left at the club will be placed in the lost and found bins. The lost and found will be cleared weekly, so please be sure to look for your items in a timely manner.

Wireless Internet Access

Duke University wireless networks can be accessed throughout the clubhouse building, fitness center, patios, and pools. No password needed.