The name Pete Dye has long struck fear into golfers. The hall of famer is renowned for the brilliance of his work and ability to bring the world’s best players to their knees.
Like practically every prominent architect of his generation, Dye left his mark on the Myrtle Beach golf scene, most notably through his namesake design at Barefoot Resort. If you are planning to play the Dye Course, here is our breakdown of one of the area’s most prominent layouts.
Golf is a difficult game. Players often don’t want to double down on that challenge and play a layout that is overwhelmingly hard, which leads some, based on the architect’s reputation, to be weary of the Dye Course. Should they be? Listen, no Pete Dye course is “easy” but his work at Barefoot is much more playable than many assume. The Dye Course is no harder than any of the Myrtle Beach area’s other premier courses. Seriously. If you play well, you will score well.
Don’t Believe Your Lyin’ Eyes
One of Dye’s architectural hallmarks is his ability to create visual deception. Players stand on the tee and survey a landscape that appears hopelessly tight, but upon arriving in the fairway realize there was ample width. The Dye Course is no different, so pay attention to the GPS and trust the room you see on the screen as opposed to what your eyes are telling from the tee box. There is room to hit the ball, so trust your swing and execute.
Where to Hit the Gas, Where to Hold on Tight
If you are looking for a hole to take advantage of, No. 10 is your most likely shot at birdie. It plays just 287 yards from the white tees. The length of the hole means you can safely play away from the water on the left side and still have a manageable approach. The 11th hole, on the other hand, is a 366-yard, dogleg left that doesn’t surrender many birdies. It’s the No. 1 handicap hole and has earned that distinction. Take advantage of the 10, survive 11 and you will be on the way to strong back nine.
A Package to Dye For
If you want to tame the Dye Course, which is on the short list of the area’s best, book the Barefoot Experience for your group. The 3-night, 4-round deal will let you play each of the facility’s four courses – the others designed by Tom Fazio, Davis Love III and Greg Norman – and you can stay onsite at either the Yacht Club or a golf course condo. The deal starts at just 6.
When the Sun Goes Down
You can stay-and-play onsite at Barefoot and don’t have to leave for food and drink. Barefoot Landing, located directly across the Intracoastal Waterway, provides outstanding dining (Greg Norman’s Australian Grille is a must) and entertainment at venues like House of Blues. If you book the Barefoot Experience, you won’t have to drive more than a mile to get anything you need.
It might be time for you to challenge the course that has hosted the Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am for 15 years.
Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News