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The Cardinal

Greensboro, North Carolina
ArchitectBadgePete Dye
Greensboro, North Carolina
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  • Address5700 Cardinal Way, Greensboro, NC 27410, USA

The state bird of North Carolina is the cardinal, and this early Pete Dye design takes its name from the avian icon. Not “The Cardinal Golf Club,” but just “The Cardinal.” Granted, many American states share the cardinal as their official bird, but few have the architectural depth of North Carolina. Pete Dye is another feather in its cap. And, as of 2019, the club has opened its doors to the public (contact in advance for tee times).

Although birds are the theme, perhaps frogs or salamanders might be more descriptive, due to the prominence of the property’s creeks throughout the routing. In fact, thirteen holes run along (or across) these waterways.

The signature hole does run alongside the largest of the creeks, but players will be more focused on a larger pond, which they must hit over. Dye returned to The Cardinal during 2007 and, upon completion of his renovations, dubbed No. 12 as “the hardest par three I ever designed.” There are many other worthwhile nominees among Dye’s par threes but there’s no doubt that the 220-yard forced carry to a green hanging on the water’s edge is a candidate.

Some believe cardinals are good luck. You’ll need it if you want to see birdies here.

The state bird of North Carolina is the cardinal, and this early Pete Dye design takes its name from the avian icon. Not “The Cardinal Golf Club,” but just “The Cardinal.” Granted, many American states share the cardinal as their official bird, but few have the architectural depth of North Carolina. Pete Dye is another feather in its cap. And, as of 2019, the club has opened its doors to the public (contact in advance for tee times).

Although birds are the theme, perhaps frogs or salamanders might be more descriptive, due to the prominence of the property’s creeks throughout the routing. In fact, thirteen holes run along (or across) these waterways.

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Pete Dye

Pete Dye captained the college team in his youth before going on to qualify for the US Open in 1957. He won the Indiana State Amateur, took part in The Amateur in 1963 and played in five US Amateurs.

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