The Barefoot Resort has established itself among the leaders in a region crowded with public golf options, and its collection of four courses — crafted by modern architecture standouts and former PGA professionals — are at the base of that success.
Pete Dye was an obvious choice for an entry, and his may appeal to those looking to get away from the Myrtle Beach crowds, as it’s the only semi-private layout at the resort. Although outsiders may book rounds at the course’s other layouts, Dye remains accessible only to members and guests at the resort.
Those that qualify will also find what is likely Barefoot’s most challenging offering. The Dye course stretches to nearly 7,350 yards and features the considerable bunkering that the architect is known for, as well as the considerable water hazards that the region is known for.
The final three holes begin with the longest par five on the course, followed by a green set on an island set out in the marsh; this isn’t a traditional do-or-Dye island green, however, as there is plenty of room to miss. Instead, the green is long, and deep, offering tricky two-putts. The final hole, of course, is a Cape-style par four wrapping around the lake.