Part of a massive residential development that features 45 golf holes, the Dye course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club is an interesting and challenging Pete and Alice Dye design that first opened for play in 1988. Arthur Hills designed the other three nines on The Ranch course and this layout also debuted in 1988.
The following edited extract is taken from Daniel Wexler’s The American Private Golf Club Guide:
“The Stonebridge Ranch Country Club calling card is the Pete Dye-designed Stonebridge course, a huge layout packing as much challenge as nearly anything in the Dye arsenal. A prominent creek affects play at several early holes, among them the 513-yard 3rd, the 431-yard 4th and the especially difficult 210-yard 5th.
Dye template holes are also present, including the 470-yard 6th (his favoured long, water-lined par four), the 174-yard 8th (with green sticking into a pond), and the 468-yard 9th and 470-yard 18th, which fill the opposite banks of a lake in his standard mid-career style. Not a great place to play to one’s handicap, but a strong and interesting Dye layout.”
The Dye course hosted the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship in 1994, when Stanford won the event for the first time since 1953. Justin Leonard from Texas claimed the individual title but his Texas Longhorns team finished runner-up in the tournament, four shots adrift of the winners.