The Dye Course at Barefoot Resort has accumulated numerous accolades in its first decade, earning a reputation as one of best golf courses in Myrtle Beach. Whether you play the course every year or want to book it on your next trip, here are five things about the Dye Course that will be of interest.
1. Hootie’s Home: The Dye Course is home to one of the nation’s best charity events – the Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am. The course has welcomed the likes of Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Dan Marino and Bill Murray to Myrtle Beach. Last year, Myrtle Beach resident Dustin Johnson drove the fourth green! Some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment will be returning to the Dye Course for the ninth consecutive year in April 2011.
2. Don’t Believe Your Lyin’ Eyes: Dye is the master of visual intimidation and his work at Barefoot Resort can be daunting, if you let it. Don’t let the legendary architect play mind games with you. The large mounds often appear closer than they are and create the illusion that the landing area is small. The fairways at the Dye Course offer plenty of room to land ball. Find your sight lines and trust your swing, and the course is very playable.
3. Enjoy The View: The one thing your eyes won’t be lying about are the views. Take a few moments, particularly on the tees, to enjoy Dye’s work. He masterfully frames each hole with waste bunkers and mounding, and the visuals are often stunning.
4. Make Good Decisions: If you want to derive maximum enjoyment out of your round, make sure you choose the right set of tees. The championship tees play 6,634 yards and the member tees measure 6,005 yards. Unless you are a very good golfer, don’t let your ego tell you 6,005 yards is too short. If your handicap is over 15, you should be on the member tees.
5. Links-Style Golf Awaits: Barefoot is a plush resort, but the Dye Course is a links-style layout and many of the waste bunkers have the raw seaside feel of the Scottish coast. The waste bunkers are hard and feature native sand, complete with sea shells and many other naturally occurring fragments. The benefit is the waste bunkers are very playable and you can generate ample spin on the ball.