P.B. Dye Golf Club
Too Many Blind Tee Shots
Good course but you need to play it many times to know where to hit the ball. I don't think you can actually see your landing area off the tee until you get to hole #16. Making a course difficult by not letting you see where to hit the ball is just unfair and a poor design.
The course is in great shape and the staff is great, but for the money I am not sure I would want to invest the rounds or the money necessary to be able to play it well.
July 14, 2014
Great Course. Great Staff. Great Time
Had some friends drive down for the weekend so we decided to give this course a try. Very glad we did. The reviews ranged from awful to great so i didn't know what to expect. But from the moment we walked in to the moment we left we had a great time. The Pro was super nice, was happy that golf now drove play, and went out of his way to make sure we had a good experience. The course was in great shape - both fun and challenging.
We had a foursome with two couples and the pace of play was good. We finished in 4 and a half hours but never felt rushed or that we were pushing the group ahead of us. The ranger drove around, which was nice, but we never saw the cart girl. That was a let down, so plan accordingly. The better deal you get on greens fees, the better value for sure, but i'm glad we played. Will absolutely go back again.
July 7, 2014
A very-good, but not great, course...but a good experience
I think that I have to lead off here by looking at the negatives of the course. The difficulty of getting on it as a single, the fact that certain traps were under repair...it's somewhat of a round course, overall, with fairways adjacent to one another, traffic passing by on a few holes...condition-wise it was just in "good" condition, with a few exceptions. The amenities were nice, a nice clubhouse, great view of the course from the clubhouse, and the cart-girls were happily driving round and round. But this is much more of a players' course than a "golf outing". It's legitimately hard, first of all, with several blind tee-shots, some borderline-crazy tee-shots and some tight approach shots, that put this course a bit beyond the amateur-casual golfer. Intermediate-length even from the back tees, it's really a shotmakers course and carries a shotmakers' attitude and you will find a lot of "shotmakers" playing the course. You know, kind of like the Red Bull Golf League. The thing about it is that it's a beautiful course. It reminds me of Olivia Newton John in Grease. It exists as a golf-course, sure, but clearly it's a cut above most courses in both difficulty and in beauty. It truly is a beautiful course and if you're a jaded player you'll enjoy the round for that reason alone. And when you get through admiring the course for its beauty, you can get back to admiring it for the challenging shots that you have to make to play it well, and admire yourself for shooting 100 on it from the back tees the first time that you played it. Or something like that. No bragging intended. I know harder courses in the DC area, I don't know many better-looking courses, and none that I'd say are tough yet fair and simply gorgeous on top of that. In that regard, it stands alone. Undoubtedly the best public course that I've played within an hour's' drive of downtown DC. But still, given the condition of the course at least when I played it, I can only give it a 4 out of 5.
June 30, 2014
Course in great shape and challenging
Just played 18 on June 26th in the afternoon. Course is in great shape and completed 18 after around 4 hours. That even included a 10 minute delay due to an impromptu rain shower. Will be back again.
June 29, 2014
Must play course
Great course to play staff is very friendly prompt tee time start
June 25, 2014
Tough but fair
Beautiful course! First time playing here but certainly not the last. Challenging layout that makes you think about every single shot and use every club/shot type from the tips. Perfect example of course challenges vs. fairness; my friend and scratch golfer shot a 72 yesterday with 6 birdies, 6 pars & 6 bogeys. He easily could have shot a 69 but could have also just as easily shot a 77, 78. See you again soon PB Dye!
June 25, 2014
PB Dye: Great if <$60
Fairways, tee boxes, rough all in great shape--as good as its ever been. Greens were a bit soft and a bit bumpier than I had expected--folks do a bad job of replacing divots. Bunkers were being repaired and in tough shape, but that will be temporary.
In general, this is one of my favorites in D.C., and a great deal if you can get on for between $40 and $55. Lots of holes require you to make thoughtful choices. Not much water, but good use of waste bunkers on several holes. Greens keep you guessing, and varied pin placements make it a good course to come back to over and over.
June 23, 2014
poor green conditions
Course has a nice and challenging layout but green conditions were sub par. Slow and grainy with some disease spots on some of them. I expected better conditions for a well respected course. If it weren't for the greens i would give the course a higher overall, but they were so slow it was very difficult to score. Course is already challenging by design, they need to fix these greens.
June 11, 2014