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.

Since Golf Advisor began receiving golf course ratings, we found more than 6,500 reviews of Dye designs and have compiled the designer's top courses based on ratings 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 4.1/5, compared to a 3.8/5 course average. His average rating for difficulty is sky high. In fact, less than two percent of all reviewers scored his course either extremely easy or fairly easy:

In the two Top 10s below (one for overall, one for value), each ranking 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. In fact, Dye's first-ever gig in Indiana made our Top 10 designs for value.

Top 10 Pete Dye courses as rated on Golf Advisor

1. Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island, S.C.

2. Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort

Kiawah Island, S.C.

3. Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort

French Lick, Ind.

4. River Course at Blackwolf Run

Kohler, Wisc.

5. Kampen Course at Birck Boilermaker Complex, Purdue University

West Lafayette, Ind.

6. Southern Hills Plantation

Brooksville, Fla.

7. Straits Course at Whistling Straits

Sheboygan, Wisc.

8. Rum Pointe Golf Course

Berlin, Md.

9. Wolf Course at Las Vegas Paiute

Las Vegas

10. Players Stadium at TPC Sawgrass

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

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Top 10 Pete Dye courses as rated by value

1. Snow Mountain at Las Vegas Paiute

Las Vegas

2. Southern Hills Plantation

Brooksville, Fla.

3. Sun Mountain at Las Vegas Paiute

Las Vegas

4. Mystic Hills Golf Club

Culver, Ind.

5. Rum Pointe Golf Course

Berlin, Md.

6. Tippecanoe Country Club

Monticello, Ind.

7. Big Fish Golf Club

Hayward, Wisc.

8. Wolf Course at Las Vegas Paiute

Las Vegas

9. Wintonbury Hills Golf Course

Bloomfield, Conn.

10. Oak Hollow Golf Course

High Point, N.C.

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

Dec 28, 2017

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Ed Jackson 's avatar
Ed Jackson wrote at 2018-05-24 20:10:24+00:00:

I really enjoyed playing the Pete Dye Challenge course at Mission Hills Country Club in Palm Springs, California. Tough, but beautiful.

JohnKMoore1's avatar
JohnKMoore1 wrote at 2018-03-01 23:08:34+00:00:

Harbour Town isn't even the best Pete Dye course in Hilton Head, much less America. Agree on Oak Hollow being an incredible value.

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u000004755012 wrote at 2018-02-03 22:22:58+00:00:

Pete, my least favorite course designer, blew me away by his Royal Hawaiian Course on Oahu. I have played a few of Pete's courses including Kiawah Island and several TPC courses and have grown to hate railroad crossties and forced carries but the Royal Hawaiian was a great fun course and drop dead gorgeous. The staff upon leaving said they thought it was more of a design by his son, so that may be the answer.

Bill Coe, Winnipeg, Manitoba's avatar
Bill Coe, Winnipeg, Manitoba wrote at 2018-01-02 17:09:14+00:00:

The Dye course at Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Art Parent's avatar
Art Parent wrote at 2018-01-02 16:08:54+00:00:

Keswick Hall is a great track too.

kevineck17's avatar
kevineck17 wrote at 2017-05-19 17:06:55+00:00:

TPC Players and Crooked Stick should be there somewhere.

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