Pete Dye - West Virginia - USA

Pete Dye Golf Club,
801 Aaron Smith Drive,
Bridgeport,
West Virginia (WV) 26330,
USA


  • +1 304 842 2801

  • Golf Club Website

  • 1 mile W of North Central West Virginia Airport

  • Members and their guests only

  • Donna B. Mitchell

  • Pete Dye

  • Jeff Koski


The Pete Dye golf course is located in Bridgeport, West Virginia and is a private golf club which opened in 1994. Not surprisingly, the course was originally going to be called Coal Ridge as it is built within 500 acres of what was a former coal mine in the hill country of Harrison County but it ended up being named after its illustrious architect instead.

The site is owned by the LaRosa family and it is rumoured that their “over involvement” in the construction of the golf course was the main reason why it took so long to get the project from drawing board to opening day some 16 years later. Greens were moved, lakes relocated and fairways repositioned - then sometimes put back in their original position!

In fairness, there was a fair amount of debris to be removed from the site and coal was still being extracted from seams during the development but Dye made more than 150 site visits over the years and no doubt his golfing philosophy evolved during that time so design changes were bound to have been made all along the way, costing more time and money.

Water, in the shape of ponds, creeks or streams, comes into play at nearly half the holes at the Pete Dye course. Wide landing areas and multileveled, bent grass putting surfaces are much in evidence throughout the course which enjoys such a wonderful mountain backdrop.

Several holes stick in the memory. The 435- yard par four 2nd is played from an elevated tee over Simpsons Creek to a fairway that looks a very long way away. The 196-yard par three 7th plays downhill to a large green protected by no fewer than ten bunkers. There’s the par five 504-yard 8th with a sixty feet high rock face to the right of the green. And the 18th, a par four at 500 yards from the championship tee where the drive is played over a stream which then runs down the left side of the fairway to the hole.

Some consider novelty features like the walk-through mineshaft behind the 6th green to the 7th tee and old coal wagons to the left of the fairway at the 10th hole to be in keeping with this golfing equivalent of Disney’s “Big Thunder Mountain” – others might be less charitable and whisper “only in America”.

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Description: The Pete Dye Golf Club is located in Bridgeport, West Virginia and is a private club which opened in 1994. Water, in the shape of ponds, creeks or streams, comes into play at nearly half the holes. Rating: 5.5 out of 6 Reviews: 2

A great course with outstanding scenery. There are a few unique holes shaped through this mountainous terrain. While not a big fan of the forced carries on 2, 10,and 18, there is plenty to love about the course, especially the par 5 5th.

5 / 6
Pete Dye
June 23, 2017


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The breathtaking beauty of the course begins immediately as you approach the practice area and the fact that it is a golf course for true golfers is immediately apparent. Pete Dye - Photo by MacYou see, in addition to a top-notch driving range there is a world class short game area with multiple greens with specific purposes. Of course, these quality practice areas are surrounded with amazing views of the mountains and rivers in the area. The wonderful journey of this golfing adventure begins at the 1st hole and doesn’t slow down end until you put your ball in the cup on the 18th. This golfing adventure will require you to be accurate and precise off the tee, smart and intelligent on your approach shoot, and courageous on your chips and putts. Your entire game will get a work out and each hole presents a new and intriguing challenge. The risk/reward options make the course very challenging from a strategy standpoint and an execution standpoint. But it also makes the course very playable, as you are not required to attempt any shot that you don’t have in your bag. In my opinion, this course is a must play for any serious golfer. Its beauty is off the charts, while the challenge of the course is immense. In spite of this challenge, the course is very playable if you play the correct tees and you employ the correct strategies for each and every shot. My full review is available at www.mrpgolf.com
6 / 6
Pete Dye
August 18, 2009


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