The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach recently earned a ranking of 8.2 from player/reviewers at Myrtle Beach Golf Insider, earning particular acclaim for the quality of its staff and course conditions.
Pete Dye, the patriarch of the successful golf course-designing Dye family, is responsible for the Dye Club at Barefoot Resort, which, at 7,343 yards from the back tees, is the second-longest golf course on the Grand Strand, behind only the Grande Dunes Resort Club. Opened in 2001, it is a par 72 golf course that sports the standard arrangement of ten par fours, four par fives and four par threes. It boasts recently installed Champion Bermuda greens that tend to be larger and more undulating than most. This means that many holes can play quite differently one day to the next, making the Dye Club an excellent place to play multiple rounds on a trip or even call one’s home course. An excellent example of this is the long par three 15th hole, whose green is some 40 yards from front to back. The hole can potentially play between 205 and 245 yards from the tips.
One unique feature of the Dye Club is that it hosts the annual Hootie and the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am. The tournament, which benefits a number of charities, takes place every April and brings local and national celebrities as well as PGA and LPGA Tour golfers to the Dye Club. Recent professional golfer participants have included John Daly, Jim Furyk and Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, while Hootie and the Blowfish front man Darius Rucker plays host and welcomes celebrity friends like Alice Cooper, John Elway and Bill Murray, to name but a few. The participants and thousands of spectators always enjoy themselves.
10 by Neil (Houston, TX) - 08/01/2014
First time to play the Dye course. Liked it, everything was first class.
6 by Michael (Oshawa, ON) - 07/24/2014
Disappointed. Beautiful clubhouse and local surroundings but overall the course did not live up to my expectations. Had heard a lot about the Dye course but I wasn't impressed. The tees were shaggy, fairways were fine and the greens appeared to have been aerated and sanded and were not consistent so a number of putts that may have dropped either fell just short or bounced wide. Kind of frustrating. I guess we expected the course would be in pristine condition at this time of year but maybe this is when the do maintenance. To be fair, we found this at other courses also. We probably wouldn't spend the bigger dollars to play this course in the future.
9 by Larry (Midlothian, VA) - 07/24/2014
The gentleman who was the starter on June 30th was excellent, I felt like I was at a PGA event. Greens had been recently punched but the course was in great shape and played great. I really liked the fact the most of the tee shots had to carry some form of a waste area. Greens although still healing putted true to the "read". Very beautiful course!
7 by Keir (Rittman, OH) - 07/24/2014
Greens were in poor condition. Holes were falling in on sides and were likely not moved for several days. A lot of weeds in course.
9 by Alex (Muncie, IN) - 06/18/2014
Really liked playing at the Pete dye course. Very fun experience. Very nice course. People in front of me played extremely slow. About 40 minutes off pace.that was pretty annoying. Course and customer service were excellent!
8 by Paul - 06/09/2014
The condition of this course was disappointing. I have played it many times and the course was not in its usual good condition. The greens were slow and had many repaired areas that were not a quality repair. This is more like a $60 am track, not a $100 a.m. course.
8 by Tom (Ooltewah, TN) - 06/09/2014
The fairways still had winter kill, and the greens were slow.
10 by Tom (Lexington, SC) - 06/09/2014
8 by Mark (Swanley, KT) - 06/06/2014
Very poor greens and bunkers for the money. Did not meet our expectations with bunkers, greens and wasteland having the same amount of sand.
8 by Brian (Whitby, ON) - 06/03/2014
We were informed that only a couple of greens were being punched-more like most greens-we would not play it again in that shape. Course design is great however.
The moveable feast that is Myrtle Beach golf appeals to all sorts of players for all sorts of reasons throughout the calendar year. Some like it hot, some like it upscale, some seek out less expensive months, some like it for at least 36 holes a day, some prefer to set aside ample pool and beach time.
Golf’s first major of the year, the Masters, arrives at majestic Augusta National each April and with it the dawning of a new golf season. For years, prior to heading to Augusta to cover the Masters, the national golf media took advantage of the similarly gorgeous spring weather in Myrtle Beach — the largest city along South Carolina’s coastal “Grand Strand” — where they annually held their season-opening Golf Writer’s Association of America tournament.
Dye Club at Barefoot Resort, which draws in some of the biggest names to Myrtle Beach each year for Darius Rucker's Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am golf event, touched up its greens in 2012 in an effort to continue to stand above the rest. By all accounts, though, the green work was simply another reason Pete Dye's only Grand Strand design continues to be so highly regarded.