Seeded throughout with St Augustine grass, the course at the Dye Preserve Golf Club was fashioned by its esteemed designer for golfers who cherish the game’s age-old traditions. Originally called Cypress Links when it opened in 1988, the course was subsequently renovated by Pete Dye in 2002 when the brief was to make the course more playable for the majority of golfers who tee it up here.
Bald cypress trees draped with Spanish moss and pathways made of crushed coquina seashells characterise many of the fairways at Dye Preserve and there’s an abundance of exotic wildlife – such as the club’s emblematic osprey – to be found in the ponds, lakes and wetlands dotted around the 175-acre property.
The short par four 5th is a fine risk-reward hole, where water runs down the entire left side of the fairway and a large protecting mound is positioned close to the green. On the back nine, the long par threes at the 207-yard 13th and 240-yard 17th are as tough as cheap steaks, offering only a slim chance of posting a “3” on either hole.
The Dye Preserve has a stunning clubhouse. There are many professional golfers at the golf, which adds to the atmosphere when you are hitting balls on the range next to a PGA, LPGA, or Web.com player. The staff is very friendly.
The course itself rewards straight tee shots but is very penalizing if you miss the fairway--usually a drop or chip straight out. There are not a lot of angles to be played into the greens and getting up and down is fairly easy.