Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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