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4.0
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
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Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.6
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7685 yards
Slope 147
Rating 77.5
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Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech
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Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ault, Clark & Associates (1999) Pete Dye (2005) Dan Schlegel (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared or mock shirts are required for men. Denim jeans or denim shorts are not allowed. Shorts must be Bermuda length

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4.4
30 Reviews (30)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 6
This course/club is great for:
Locals 6

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Course Designed by a master on relatively flat land

Played here on a golf trip in heat of July yet the course was well watered. It was a real treat. This course really made you think about each shot, where to hit, where not to. Some local knowledge would have been helpful but that's true of any course you play the 1st time. The front 9 holes were a good variety, the last 8 though seemed to be very similar and uninspiring though. I could tell from the green complexes that a master designer made this course. With such flat land next to the river he did a great job with only flat terrain to work with.
Course was in OUTSTANDING condition, especially considering the heat. Water was available often enough though.
I have to note that the staff was AMAZING and helpful and friendly. They were top notch! The lady behind the counter at the pro-shop in particular was very helpful. I drove 2 hours to get there and they didn't have my tee time reserved (despite calling a week in advance, and confirming the day before). She made it work and I got in no problem. I will absolutely be back for another golf trip w the guys.
Club house restaurant was great too. Reasonable prices on most things and great cider options on draft.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great Layout and Very Scenic

The course and the views did not disappoint. I was concerned about the greens from a few previous reviews, but they were in great shape and rolled smooth. The entire setting is very relaxing and is a great location for a course. Several holes have views of the river. The layout is challenging and the green complexes are difficult, but overall the course is very playable. This is a great deal for a Pete Dye course and I would highly recommend it.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Dye Course

This is the second time playing Virginia Tech, the first was a year after they first opened in 40 degrees and 20 mph winds. This time was 73 and sunny. The new, to me, clubhouse is nice and the course has matured nicely. Great conditions after an evening of rain the day before. Always try to find a way to schedule a trip through so we can play at VT. It's a real treat.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

Golf at a snails pace

Paid for 18 today but had to give up after a 2:40 first nine. There were 3 groups of 4 clogging up the entire course, leading to multi group backups on each tee. Zero involvement from any ranger or anyone to help move them along (or the right thing, which would’ve been to boot them entirely). This is a consistent problem here (maybe not 5 hour pace, but 4+ is normal). Great, tough layout and condition gets overshadowed by the abysmal pace.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Southwest Virginia’s Best Public Course

*This is an update to my original review from 10/17/2017*

Having played two famous Pete Dye courses for the first time this year (Stadium at TPC Sawgrass and Wolf at Las Vegas Paiute Resort) I came back to the River Course for comparison and boy does it hold up.

Sure, in terms of conditioning, it’s tough to compete with a $500+ round at a course the pros play on or even Paiute where green fees exceed $150, but The River Course holds its own with lush grass everywhere you look, smooth greens, raked bunkers, and well-kept tee boxes. There were signs of fairway aeration throughout but it never affected my play and was only noticeable up close.

I really love the links-style layout here, with hardly a tree to be found in play and (under drier conditions) plenty of opportunities to play a ground game on approach. Chipping can be a challenge around the tightly-mowed green surrounds and often times a putter or hybrid is the best club to use. Avoiding the many (and in many cases, tiny) bunkers on the course is the main focus here as the deep faces will genuinely penalize you for poor positioning. Like many Dye courses, there’s a short side and a correct side to miss on each approach shot.

The staff is great here too and will take care of your clubs right from the bag drop. The facilities are as good as you’d expect from a course that’s home to one of the better collegiate programs in the country with a grass range and separate putting and chipping greens.

A few things to note if you plan on walking this course: first, they don’t advertise a walking rate online, but it’s $15 cheaper than riding. Secondly, this course is super easy to walk with the only real distances to be covered are getting to the first and tenth tees. Thirdly, the practice areas are way up on top of a hill as you drive in so I recommend parking up there to do your warm ups and then driving back down to the lower parking lot by the clubhouse to drop off your bag. Lastly, don’t worry about the walk up from the 18th to the clubhouse, the staff is nice enough to give you a ride in a cart.

Even with a walking rate, this course is far from cheap, especially given the location but it’s worth it for the unique layout, great conditions, and a fantastic riverfront setting. I highly recommend even for those wary of Pete Dye. This one is a true gem.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Can't miss this place. Gotta play

Wow. That's the best way to describe this place. I don't like links style courses but this place is amazing. Water view on every hole. The two nines run alongside the river both ways. Every hole you get the large river view. Mountainside on the other view. Even if you don't like river view or mountainside view, the course is the best conditioned I've played all year. Like hitting off carpet.
Pete Dye did amazing with not only bunker placement but size and height.
Greens were no less amazing.
This place is pricey but well worth it once.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice Dye Layout

Nice Layout. Course in fair shape, grass is not too thick, actually thin in many areas. Biggest issue is the price, just not worth the $90, especially for a course that is "rough", not manicured. Sand in trap is sparce in areas, mud, etc. Nice Dye layout.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tough, but fun course

My son and I played this Pete Dye course today for the first time. Very nice course, but very challenging. It is a course that having knowledge of it helps immensely. Definitely glad I bought the yardage book, as it was a big benefit. Very tough, but fair course that I would recommend, especially at the Golf Now rate!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Layout

This is a great course and layout Fairways were a little thin so you had to hit it straight. Greens were a little slow, but that is due to time of year so they do not burn out. Will definitely be back!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Amazing river view

Beautiful course. Challenging distances and green layouts. If only the staff was as friendly as the course was scenic. Some of the staff seemed unfriendly and snobbish. A couple of the staff were very friendly...starter and restaurant staff.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Good Gracious!!

What a freaking course! Absolutely awesome! A real mother from the tips; especially since it was a little wet. Probably my third favorite course of those I’ve played. Ocean Course #1. Trump Los Angeles #2. Extremely fast, smooth greens. Plush fairways and tees. Gorgeous views. Military jets flying very low over the course. Try it. You will be pleased.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Absolutely beautiful course!

Pete Dye has built a beautiful course along the New River. Course conditions are pristine, the only missing today was my short game!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful venue and a challenging layout

A bit different Pete Dye design with smaller greens than expected and no penalizing bunkers around the green or along the fairways. The greens rolled about a 9.5 and not much break. Don’t overread them. The White Tees play 6500 and with a North wind the incoming 4 holes play long. Slope at 134 is a good test for the 11 to 15 handicap.
The views of the New River are very relaxing.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great First Time Visit

Played this course with my son for the first time although I live in the area. Scenic views and great course conditions made for a very enjoyable day. Look forward to returning soon

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pete Dye River Course

WOW! From the pro shop to the golf course, a first class operation. The tips from Eddie where truly helpful. Looking forward to my next round.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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