Full Cry at Keswick Hall and Golf Club

5.0000000000 5.0 stars from 5 (3)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7134 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 73.9
  • Layout

  • 701 Club Dr, Keswick, Virginia 22947, Albemarle County
  • (434) 923-4363
  • (434) 923-4377
  • www.keswick.com
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Year built: 1992
Architect(s): Arnold Palmer (1992), Pete Dye (2013), Ed Seay (1992)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 72 7134 yards 73.9 139
Combo 72 6728 yards 72.0 135
Dye 72 6382 yards 70.5 131
Dye (W) 72 6382 yards 76.2 136
Keswick 72 6040 yards 68.9 128
Keswick (W) 72 6040 yards 74.3 132
Virginia 72 5449 yards 66.2 124
Virginia (W) 72 5449 yards 71.0 125
Monticello 72 4809 yards 63.1 116
Monticello (W) 72 4809 yards 67.4 118

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 5.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 5.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 3 Reviews
5 stars:
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4 stars:
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3 stars:
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2 stars:
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1 stars:
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recommend this course

3 out of 3 reviews


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"Not your Daddy’s Keswick"


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Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/06/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

What a treat! I played here 46 years ago. What a dog track then. Now it is a glorious golf experience. Beautiful open layout with generous fairways, large greens that were rolling about 10-11 but fair in contour. Not greatly fond of the real short par 4’s because it was too risky to hit driver. Oh, free water and $2 for a Gatorade! Not bad for a ritzy joint.

This course beats the other Charlottesville tracks, Birdwood (under renovation), Farmington and Old Trail. Need to stay there or be Member I think.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Pete Dye at his best"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

This may rank as one of my all-time favorite Pete Dye courses, and it certainly proves that not all Dye courses break you down physically and mentally. I didn't say it was easy, but it is very playable, especially if you tackle the right tees. I played it one day a tee up and the next day from the tips and there was a nine-stroke difference. Regardless, like many Dye courses, the holes get harder as you work your way close to the greens. Approaches and short game are the key because there's plenty of room to drive the ball, so that shouldn''t be an issue. I never played the course that was here prior to Dye's new layout, but I've got to believe this is 100 times better.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"I'm used to having a 'good cry' on Pete Dye designs..."


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

The brand new course at Keswick Club, Full Cry by Pete Dye, pays homage to the term of hunting hounds in hot pursuit of a scent. Keswick is not only minutes from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello but also in the neighborhood of a hunt club (during one of my rounds here, there were about 30 hounds out for some morning exercise next in a lot next to the 2nd hole).

It's no doubt a surreal part of Virginia, minutes from Charlottesville, and the setting along with Dye's design makes for a fabulous walk. Only members of Keswick Club, their guests and guests of 48-room Keswick Hall overlooking the course can play here, and a round here is quite the experience.

Dye's design, which sits atop a former Palmer design from the 1990s, is more walkable and, surprisingly enough, less penal for amateur players thanks to fewer forced carries and elevated greens. Bump-and-running is encouraged here and surfaces are firm and fast. Like most Dye courses this is a second shot golf course, thanks to small, well-guarded greens and plenty of sand. The hole variety is exceptional, thanks to a collection of super par 5s plus a trio of short par 4s that are drivable off the tee if you crank a good one. Also, it's more walkable than it used to be, though there are few flat spots on the course thanks to both natural hills and Dye's manmade moguls.

All-in-all, it's a Dye design that in fact will hardly leave you whimpering.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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