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.
Stonebridge Ranch's Dye course, located 30-plus miles north of Dallas, is brutally difficult. To hammer home this point, the professional tee box's rating is over 77. In fact, there is only one par three shorter than 200 yards from the tips. One of three Texas designs by the late, famed architect Pete Dye, Stonebridge Ranch sports lightning fast greens, tall fescue, and many water hazards to keep players honest and then some. In fact, there is no reason for the average golfer to tee it up on this side of South Stonebridge Drive; the more player friendly option at the club is across the street on the 27-hole Arthur Hills design. On the Dye course, holes nine and 18 are boomerang-shaped par fours visible from the clubhouse with a giant pond separating the two. Hole 12 is a 200-yard par three with what acts like a floating tee box supported by Dye's trademark railroad ties. The Club Corp owned course is very pretty with some great views considering the surrounding neighborhood. Like I wrote earlier, I don't think this course is for the faint of heart. It's gimmicky in the sense that a shot hit even a few yards off the mark on many of the holes is punished; that can lead to a lot of frustration for any golfer. Conditions are good, the membership is friendly, and the clubhouse is gargantuan. The Stonebridge Ranch Dye course is probably a bit better than your average Dallas country club track. In a metropolitan area of high end golf facilities, there's no shame in being a Stonebridge Ranch.