The best Pete Dye courses in the U.S., according to Golf Advisor ratings

No golf course architect has a presence on both the PGA Tour schedule and Top 100 rankings quite like Pete Dye. His designs set the bar for innovation, creativity and challenge. No other living designer has more respect from his peers.

While Dye's courses like TPC Sawgrass, Harbour Town, Kiawah Island and Whistling Straits are all fixtures of televised golf, there are many other Dye designs that are not only publicly accessible, but even affordable.

We found more than 3,300 reviews of Dye designs on Golf Advisor and have compiled the designer's top courses as rated by regular golfers like you.

And while the average golfer may find Dye's designs to be difficult, it doesn't mean they aren't appreciated. The mean rating for Pete Dye designs is 4.2/5, compared to a 3.7/5 course average.

You'll see the list below features some solo Pete Dye designs, Pete & P.B. Dye collaborations, as well as also courses that were originally Dye designs but have since been renovated by another firm.

Top 10 Pete Dye courses as rated on Golf Advisor

1. Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links, Berlin, Md.: A top-rated play in the Ocean City, Md. area, Pete and P.B. Dye built the course in 1997.

"What a gem," wrote Hammer09. "Two 20 handicappers and two 30 handicappers in our group, and not one melt down."

2. Highlands Course at Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, Wis.: A Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus collaboration that opened in 1970, Highlands has since been redone by Bob Cupp and most recently by Bob Lohmann.

3. Wolf Course at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, Las Vegas: "This course has an island green par 3 that, from the backs, plays almost 200 yards," wrote Bskubish. "Take that, TPC Sawgrass!"

4. Sun Mountain at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, Las Vegas: While runner-up to the Wolf, Sun Mountain gets the top value rating of the three Dye designs at Las Vegas Paiute.

5. Prestwick Country Club, Myrtle Beach, S.C.: This Pete and P.B. Dye collaboration is a unique Grand Strand play, offering a little Scottish flair and at a very reasonable price compared to the area's top shelf.

"Very pretty and challenging golf course," wrote Jimmymex. "More player-friendly than most Dye courses."

6. Snow Mountain at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, Las Vegas: A rare 54-hole facility dedicated entirely to Pete Dye designs, this is a true mecca for any fan of the architect, perhaps trailing only the American Club and Casa de Campo.

7. The Fort Golf Course, Indianapolis, Ind.: "Lots of elevation change," wrote a mid-handicapper from Greenwood, Ind. "Great risk-reward holes, and some of the best holes in the state. I'll put the par 5s on this course vs. any course you know of."

8. Fowlers Mill Golf Course, Chesterland, Ohio: "I've played pretty much every public course in the Cleveland area," wrote a bogey golfer from Twinsburg, Ohio. "And Fowler's Mill, when you combine course layout, conditions and difficulty, is the best. Hands down, discussion over."

9. Oak Marsh at Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Fla.: Those golfers in the Jacksonville area thirsty for more Pete Dye beyond Sawgrass can head north to Amelia Island, where he built Oak Marsh in 1972.

"The course is not long, but demands accuracy of the tee," wrote Golferjon23. "The greens are not overly large either so your iron game needs to be solid."

10. The PLAYERS Stadium at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.: What is largely considered Dye's signature layout, the Stadium course is both a marvel of modern golf construction and a the game's "colloseum" of sorts, home to a raucous amphitheater of fans that encircle at the 16th and 17th greens.

"Terrific service," wrote jantkaczyk. "Beautifully appointed facility from locker room to pro shop. Course was in superb condition and our forecaddie knew the course well and gave us top-notch advice."

Video: Pete and Alice Dye's love of golf course design

Top 10 Pete Dye courses as rated by value

1. Mystic Hills Golf Club, Culver, Ind.

2. Big Fish Golf Club, Hayward, Wis.

3. Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links, Berlin, Md.

4. Sun Mountain at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, Las Vegas

5. Snow Mountain at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, Las Vegas

6. Oak Hollow Golf Course, High Point, N.C.

7. Wolf Course at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, Las Vegas

8. Highlands Course at Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, Wisc.

9. Plum Creek Country Club, Carmel, Ind.

10. Big Island Country Club, Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Minimum of 15 reviews needed to qualify.

Also, some of the top-rated courses that didn't qualify for this Top 10 due to not enough reviews include Harbour Town, the Kampen at Birch Boilermaker Purdue University Golf Complex, Bulle Rock, Hampton Hall and the Dye Course at Barefoot Resort. In Honduras, Dye's new Black Pearl also has a near-perfect rating.

Do you have a go-to Dye course you love to play? Let us know which one in the comments below.

Apr 30, 2015

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Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.