A Golfer’s Paradise
With over 105 golf courses hundreds of resorts and over 50- 4 Star rated golf courses in the region Myrtle Beach is a golfer’s paradise. Over 3.5 million golfers come here each year to this golf mecca.
Myrtle Beach is also the home to the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship each year where over 3000 golfers from around the world come to play in this epic event. While there are courses here for every level of play and skill set, some courses leave a lasting impression. The Dye Course at Barefoot is one of them.
In 2016 Barefoot Resort & Golf, home to a quartet of courses designed by Greg Norman, Davis Love III, Tom Fazio and Pete Dye, was named North American Golf Resort of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), just one of many accolades bestowed upon this facility. Dye courses are built with finesse in mind. While many designers prefer to lay courses out within the land, Dye adds in contrast and angles of interest. From tight, intimate layouts to vast peripheral waste areas and flat, level greens, Dye courses always add the extra element to a golfer’s game.
Among Dye’s many award-winning courses include Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind., Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, The TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Long Cove on Hilton Head Island, Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee, and the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. The Dye Course at Barefoot Resort is undoubtedly another jewel in his long list of accomplishments
The Dye Course is the only semi-private facility at Barefoot Resort. Bordering the natural white sands of the Carolina Bays, this visually stunning design is filled with the infamous pitfalls for wayward shots that have become synonymous with the Dye name. Both beautiful and treacherous, the Dye Course is an experience you won’t soon forget.
Pete Dye upholds his reputation of building memorable and challenging golf courses by creating a stunning design filled with his infamous pitfalls to capture errant shots. However, if played from the appropriate set of tees, players of all abilities will be able to navigate the Dye Course. Pete Dye is famous for his use of native grasses. The fairways are GN-1 Bermuda grass, a hybrid developed by Greg Norman Turf. The approaches are Tidewarf Bermuda grass and the greens are Champion UltraDwarf. The dramatic visual effects are achieved by the Centipede and Zoysia grass roughs. The course is a Par 72, 7,343-yard layout, located within the confines of The Dye Estates.
The course is challenging and typically Dye for which I have to be in the right mood given prevalence of sand for leaked drives. Great clubhouse and professional staff. The course was in immaculate condition and the greens were nothing short of amazing. Quick pace of play was a given in this well managed facility. This is a typical Dye course. Some parts of the course are very deceiving. They do have an amazingly accurate in-cart GPS system, trust it. If you hit it straight and accurate it is not very tough. However, if you get errant off the tee, it could be a long day. Take your medicine when you are in trouble and get back into play.
In 2000, Barefoot Resort became the first American facility to open four courses simultaneously and it has delivered on its immense promise. The Love Course, Fazio Course, and Dye Course have all been ranked among America’s top public layouts and the Norman Course, with seven holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, might be the most visually pleasing.
Marketed exclusively through Barefoot Realty is The Dye Estates is a private gated community surrounding the Dye Course.
Beautifully wooded home sites will line Pete Dye’s masterpiece as well as the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Stately 1/2-acre home sites begin in the low $200’s while massive 3/4-acre waterway home sites begin in the mid $700’s.
By Adam Morley – Myrtle Beach Correspondent