Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech

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Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7685
Slope 147
Rating 77.5
Type Semi-Private
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Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech
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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
Scorecard for Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 77.5/147 401 475 588 497 235 399 159 426 579 3759 424 488 583 404 182 497 590 243 495 3906 7665
Maroon M: 74.7/141 393 452 556 450 198 381 149 410 561 3550 355 451 548 377 166 453 539 219 430 3538 7088
White M: 72.1/135 W: 77.5/140 361 404 531 435 166 376 128 349 505 3255 329 386 536 347 139 401 529 192 381 3240 6495
Orange M: 69.5/128 W: 74.1/133 325 376 485 359 154 330 118 340 437 2924 305 368 477 332 126 368 472 180 351 2979 5903
Red W: 70.0/124 266 333 428 310 133 284 97 308 430 2589 264 301 419 270 106 317 427 145 304 2553 5142
Handicap 13 5 1 7 15 11 17 9 3 16 6 2 14 18 10 4 12 8
Par 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 36 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 13 5 1 7 15 11 17 9 3 14 8 2 12 18 10 4 16 6

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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4.1
23
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Handicap 5-9
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3.0
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Perfect weather
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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
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
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
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
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pete dye is pete dye

What a challenging course to play. The conditions for April were great, the greens were hard and fast and didn’t hold, therefore chipping up the hill was a challenge. Play was slower than I would have expected but not horrible. I would like to play this course again when it is in full bloom.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice but bland

Welcomed by congenial staff. Upscale clubhouse with fine restaurant/bar and outdoor seating overlooking the river.

Course is wide open and links style with plenty of mounds flanking the fairways. Hardly a tree in play. Fairly straightforward. Layout is bland and hardly memorable. Par 3’s are strong and penal if you miss the green. Greens are perched with plenty of drop off from the edges. Unfortunately, greens have little undulation and does not present much of a challenge once you’re on.

Course condition is good but I expected better.

Overall pleasant experience but did not excite me to play it again.

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

Below "Dye" expectations, but still a nice layout

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.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
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
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

It Really Is That Good

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!

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

Not Much For Dye to Work With I Guess

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Pleasantly surprised

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Go Hokies!

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.

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