Pete Dye Golf Club

Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

The Takeaway:  The Pete Dye Golf Club is easily the best course in the Mountain State and one of Mr. Dye's finest anywhere. The variety and memorability throughout the layout combine with the rolling terrain and isolated setting to create a great golf experience with a design that isn't as frustratingly Dye-abolical as many of Pete's others.   Grade A-

Quick Facts

Designer:  Pete Dye in 1994

Cost:  Private

Course Website:  Pete Dye Golf Club's official website    Phone Number:  (304) 842-2801

Directions:  Get here! - 801 Aaron Smith Dr., Bridgeport, WV 26330

Signature Hole:  5th - 581 Yard Par 5 -

5th Hole at Pete Dye Golf Club (581 Yard Par 5)
5th Hole at Pete Dye Golf Club (581 Yard Par 5)

Photos:  See additional photos of Pete Dye Golf Club

Accolades:  Ranked 1st in West Virginia on Golf Course Gurus' Best in State rankings.

What to Expect:  West Virginia's famed Pete Dye Golf Club is located on an old strip mine and pays tribute to its heritage throughout the course with an old mining tunnel leading to the 7th tee, a strip mine wall on the 8th, an abandoned coal train on the 10th, and pieces of railroad track lines that are used as tee markers. The routing enjoys wonderful rolling terrain framed by tree covered hills that deliver privacy to the experience while still offering expansive views in the distance. Perhaps the biggest compliment to the club is how many players appreciate the course whether they are fans of Pete Dye designed courses or not. Pete Dye isn't afraid to try extreme things in his designs and almost revels in delivering some pain to players as evidenced by his famous quote, "Golf is not a fair game, so why should I build a fair golf course?" As such, Pete has some loyal fans and just as loyal enemies of his work. But Pete is friendlier at his namesake course by offering wider fairways and less penal circumstances for mis-played shots compared to many of his designs which results in an experience that appeals to a much wider audience than usual. Don't take that to mean the course is easy, because it is far from it, but the challenge is a fair and rewarding one with some of the most memorable holes and greatest variety I've seen at a Pete Dye course. The relatively isolated location of the club finds itself about two hours south of Pittsburgh, three hours east of Columbus, and four hours west of Washington DC which may be a contributing factor as to why the club has changed ownership multiple times in its relatively young history. Cell phone use and cargo shorts are not allowed on the course and riding a cart will be the way the vast majority of patrons will play their round. Ultimately, the Pete Dye Golf Club is a great course in an unsuspecting location.

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Champ 72 7353 75.7 144
Back 72 6908 73.7 139
Dye 72 6400 71.3 131
Middle 72 5839 68.3 125
Front (Women) 72 5027 69.1 123


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  4th - 227 Yards -

4th Hole at Pete Dye Golf Club (227 Yard Par 3)
4th Hole at Pete Dye Golf Club (227 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  14th - 489 Yards -

14th Hole at Pete Dye Golf Club (489 Yard Par 4)
14th Hole at Pete Dye Golf Club (489 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  15th - 541 Yards -

15th Hole at Pete Dye Golf Club (541 Yard Par 5)
15th Hole at Pete Dye Golf Club (541 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  6th - 339 Yard Par 4 -

6th Hole at Pete Dye Golf Club (339 Yard Par 4)
6th Hole at Pete Dye Golf Club (339 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  18th - 510 Yard Par 4 -

18th Hole at Pete Dye Golf Club (510 Yard Par 4)
18th Hole at Pete Dye Golf Club (510 Yard Par 4)