Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 15th
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Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 15th
Bunkers are bountiful on the 15th hole at The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 16th
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Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 16th
Wild bunkers -- like these along the 16th fairway -- characterize The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 9th
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The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 9th
Water is an issue along the ninth green of The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 10th
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The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 10th
The short par-4 10th hole is one of the most dramatic at The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 11th
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The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 11th
A natural setting surrounds the 11th green of The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 12th
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Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 12th
Stairs are required to reach the deep bunkers surrounding the 12th green of The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 17th
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Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 17th
Trouble lurks all around the 17th green of The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 1st
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Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 1st
Waste bunkers - like this one along the first fairway - are a big part of The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 5th
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Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 5th
A mammoth bunker guards the fifth green at The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 7th
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Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf - 7th
A waste bunker guards the seventh green at The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Get inside the gates at The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The first clue is the gate out front. The second clue is the sprawling clubhouse. The third clue is you'll likely see more staff than customers before teeing off.

The Dye Club is the most exclusive -- and the most highly rated according to Golf Digest -- of the four Barefoot Resort & Golf courses that opened simultaneously in 2000.

Playing The Dye Club, designed by Pete Dye, costs more than Barefoot's other resort courses operating out of a different clubhouse down the street. That exclusivity and a strong 7,343-yard course justify the splurge.

The Dye Club, the host of the Monday after The Masters charity pro-am for more than a decade, looks like a second cousin to both The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island and the Dye Course at French Lick Resort in Indiana. It's loaded up with waste bunkers and devilish greens like Kiawah and volcanic mounding reminiscent of French Lick.

Solving its riddle requires placing the ball from point to point to avoid all the trouble. Water dictates the strategy on the most three dramatic par 4s, the short 10th hole and the finishing holes at no. 9 and no. 18.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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Get inside the gates at The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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