Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech

3.8235294118 3.8 stars from 5 (8)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7685 yards
  • Slope: 147
  • Rating: 77.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: No
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared or mock shirts are required for men. Denim jeans or denim shorts are not allowed. Shorts must be Bermuda length
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7685 yards 77.5 147
Maroon 72 7088 yards 74.7 141
White 72 6495 yards 72.1 135
White (W) 72 6495 yards 77.5 140
Orange 72 5903 yards 69.5 128
Orange (W) 72 5903 yards 74.1 133
Red (W) 72 5142 yards 70.0 124

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 8 Reviews
5 stars:
4
4 stars:
0
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

8 out of 8 reviews


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"Below "Dye" expectations, but still a nice layout"


D2Golfsnob's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Overall, this course is a nice layout. Definitely above average and very playable.

Not a lot of trouble, not a lot of trees. Doesn't have the same Pete Dye feel that many of his other courses have, no forced carries, no elevation changes, etc. But it's an enjoyable layout on a nice piece of flat property by the river. Views are beautiful

I'm used to playing well manicured Dye courses, this is not one of them. Conditions are OK, but this course would not be considered "manicured." Not to say that it's in poor condition, it's not, but it's not kept at the higher level that one would expect at a course that charges $80 green fees in late October.

Overall, I will go back. I'll complain about the price, it's not an $80 course, but the views are beautiful, and it's a nice layout. I can't think of a bad hole on the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"It Really Is That Good"


MizunoBen's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Sometimes hype can be a curse to a good golfing experience. But Pete Dye’s River Course lives up to the acclaim and praise, providing a first-class course and atmosphere.

I was surprised to see this course (Virginia Tech’s home course) ranked well above its in-state rival Birdwood (UVA) in a major golf publication. After all, Birdwood garnered a five-star rating in my recent review for its wonderfully diverse layout and top-notch playing conditions.

But the River Course tops even that course with a superb riverfront setting and classic Pete Dye course features that challenge you without frustrating you unnecessarily. The most surprising thing to me upon arrival was the openness of the course’s layout. There’s hardly a tree on the property that comes into play unless to hit towards the river. This combined with no forced carries translates to a surprisingly inviting Dye design (and by design, apparently) that even brand-new golfers can enjoy (as my golfing partner did during our round). But don’t be fooled by the lack of trees, carries, or even elevation changes; this course will test you. From many of the tees, you either can’t see the flag or the distance to it is highly deceptive. Trust your yardages, and don’t hit it long. This is a fairly compact layout, great for walking, but perhaps lacking a sense of variety that you get at places like Birdwood.

The view of the course from the snazzy clubhouse is unlike any other, perched on on the side of steep hill a hundred feet above the the first, ninth, tenth, and eighteenth holes. The river is an all-consuming feature of the course. It may seem a bit imposing at first but you learn to just aim further away from it as the round goes.

Pace of play was great here too and the conditions were fantastic. Just a week removed from aeration, the greens were mostly smooth and showed little signs of wear. The fairways and rough were equally immaculate and the signature Dye green surrounds were cut tightly like you’d want. That said, if you resort to putting off the green, remember to give it plenty of oomph!

I live a little too far away to make this course a regular stop but I highly recommend checking it out if you’re in town. VT students should be honored to have such a nice course!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Not Much For Dye to Work With I Guess"


u189763128's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Stopped here on a drive from DC to Memphis. Always on the lookout to play a Pete Dye course. But I have to say there isn't a whole lot of what I think of as Pete Dye to be found here. I think that might mostly be due to the location and terrain.

The course occupies a narrow tract of land along the banks of the New River. Front nine goes out and back downstream (north) from the clubhouse, back nine goes out and back upstream (south). Almost no elevation changes (#6 tee box is up on a small hill) and the water really doesn't come into play much (just guard against a bad push or hook on the riverfront holes).

Dye is known for his creative green complexes, and while these were not mundane, I wouldn't call them vintage Dye. I missed a lot of greens and had some tricky chip shots, but nothing too severe. No railroad ties or deep bunkers here.

Conditions were good, greens fairly soft but rolled true. Fairways in good shape . Rough was pretty benign. Sand in some bunkers was a little compacted.

All in all it's a good course, but just didn't provide that "wow" kind of experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Pleasantly surprised"


BrandonWebb's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Birmingham Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/01/2016
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

Decided to play this course as a warm-up round before heading to Primland. Picked it because of its' ranking among collegiate golf courses. Excellent practice facility with driving range and putting green on one end and Va Tech's private facility on the other. Clubhouse is expansive with a high-end restaurant. It's a Dye course. There may not be any railroad ties, but his trademark deceptive sight lines off tee boxes is in full effect. I bought a yardage guide and am glad I did. There are two shortish, pedestrian par 3s and two long ones that are hard pars. Tightly mown chipping areas and coffin bunkers around the green can make for tough up-and-downs if you don't hit greens. It had rained for a few days before I came, and the entire course sits in a basin along the New River, so the course was playing a little longer than I suspect it normally does. I rather enjoyed the round, as the holes flowed nicely, but I can't say that there were many that were really memorable. I thought the best hole was the par-4 fourth. This would be an extremely walkable course. Make sure you catch a glimpse of the team that takes golf bags from the bag drop to the cart staging area. Had never seen one of those before.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Go Hokies!"


wtglosser's avatar
Age:  25-34

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I loved this course for its ascetic beauty. Played a birthday round here with my brothers this past weekend. The starter was very welcoming and courteous with our bags. The clubhouse staff was not very friendly. However, this was one of the nicest turns I've had in a long time and we even stayed for a couple of cocktails after the round. Abigail was great! The views for this course alone make it worth every penny with the clubhouse elevated so you can see nearly all the back nine butted up against the river. Stunning views. I disagree with the review that you can't see the Pete Dye signature on this course. It's Pete Dye through and through and the course was in excellent shape. I do think it was a touch pricier than warranted, but the clubhouse, views, and course condition made it worth the visit at least once for the experience. Playing along the river in and out was a great birthday experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"This Dye is flat..."


GolfTrotterQc's avatar
Ottawa Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Without the name on the course, it's not that easy to recognize Pete Dye in this layout. Don't get me wrong, the River Course is a good course in a nice setting but it is not a beast if you choose the right set of tees. Played in early April, the course was playing pretty easy even in the wind, thanks to benign rough and moderate greens. I suppose heavy rough and fast green may be the best defense of this course in high season. Still, the river gets into play on some holes so you got to stay alert, especially on the tough par three 17th. The clubhouse is a beauty and the view from the terrace is superb.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A very pleasurable course"


rpruck's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

A beautiful course that was in excellent shape. Fairways were excellent. Rough was difficult but then it is supposed to be, Greens were very very true an in excellent shape. Staff was extremely cordial in every aspect.<br/> This is a course anyone who is near or driving by Blacksburg along Rt 81 should make the effort to stop and play. Beautiful scenery on every single hole.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of the Best College Courses in the Nation"


u000007565804's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Fantastic course - in great condition. Greens are not crazy hard, but have nuances in them. They roll true and are in great condition. Finishing holes are very challenging. Do yourself a favor and tee it forward to the set of tees that won't make your experience a torturous adventure.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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