Full Cry course to open at Keswick Hall next month


Full Cry course to open at Keswick Hall next month
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

A new course designed by Pete Dye’s firm is to open at Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia, next month.

Full Cry golf course is comprised of 18 holes and plays between 5,000 and 7,000 yards. The new course will open for play on 10 October.

The site lies at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is set in Virginia’s Hunt Country.

“There is no question the Hunt Country of Virginia is the perfect terrain for an exceptional golf course and that’s exactly what we have with Full Cry,” said Dye. “The layout is as good as any I’ve ever done.”

With the exception of one hole, the greens have open fronts and are approachable through the air or on the ground. The Michigan-based Albanese & Lutzke firm oversaw the construction management of the course.

As well as Full Cry, Keswick Hall is also home to the Keswick Golf Club, first opened in 1948 with nine holes designed by Fred Findlay. The course was expanded to 18 holes in the mid-1950s and renovated by Arnold Palmer’s firm in the early 1990s. Dye was commissioned to create an entirely new course over the existing routing in 2013, and this new design will also open for play on 10 October.

Other enhancements at Keswick Hall include a new practice range and short game facilities, which feature multiple grass tees, a large practice putting green, and a short game chipping and pitching area.

“Our splendid new Pete Dye course puts us right on the map as a destination for golfers seeking the ‘best of the best’ courses,” said Greg Sligh, CEO and managing partner of Keswick Hall. “It’s an honour working with Pete and we can’t thank him enough for his design genius, creatively and passion for the game.”