Designed by Pete Dye, the Long Cove course opened in 1981 with rolling, tree lined fairways, challenging greens and water featuring prominently in the course design. The residential community at Long Cove Club is spoiled for choice when it comes to on-site sporting activities – there’s tennis, boating, fishing, kayaking and swimming but the jewel in the crown is their private golf course.
Members here consider there is no single signature hole as there are so many contenders to choose from. Dye constructed the Bermuda grass fairways at Long Cove to be wider than on previous designs, with more room for ordinary golfers to remain in contention.
Dye shifted plenty of soil, in fact, a young Tom Doak worked here on his first construction project in the summer of 1981. The course was reshaped at one end of the site to imitate sand dunes, presenting a totally blind approach shot at the 5th hole for everyone but the bravest player. Long Cove’s Tifdwarf grass putting surfaces are larger, and more contoured than earlier Dye course designs but the two holes at 13 and 14, along Calibogue Sound, are reminiscent of low profile design features at Dye and Nicklaus's Harbour Town course.
Long Cove elicits many favourable comments from ordinary golfers who play here – “surroundings are magnificent… as pretty as any course you will play… lots of risk/reward choices”. So why not post your own review if you’ve played Long Cove?
We were in for more Pete Dye golf at Long Cove, but this course was a treat, even though I was a bit tired since it was our second 18-hole round of the day… The first hole had water all down the left side. Finally, on Number 4, we came to a hole without water directly in play. But that didn’t last long. We soon discovered that water or marsh came into play on much of Long Cove. Yow! Keep it straight.
Long Cove is long, narrow, and challenging with water in play on 12 holes. It plays like three different courses: tree-lined holes, almost desert-like holes, and holes with marsh and Intracoastal Waterway. It’s quite impressive. The houses are set back unobtrusively and the grounds are home to wildlife galore; it’s a bit like walking through a bird sanctuary. I would love to return to play here one day when I am fresh. Larry Berle.