Keswick Hall redesign gathers steam


Toby Ingleton
By Sean Dudley

Pete Dye’s redesign project at Keswick Hall near Charlottesville, Virginia, US, is quickly progressing, with details of what to expect when the course re-opens next year coming to light.

The project began back in February, and the shaping and grading processes are close to completion.

Major changes have been made to holes No. 4, 5, 6 and 17, the last of which has been extended to a par-five. The course has been elongated from its former 6,519 yards, and the next task is the re-grassing of the course, which is set to begin this autumn.

“Keswick is a beautiful piece of land,” said Dye. “We will now have five tee locations ranging from 5,000 yards at the front to more than 7,000 yards at the back, allowing us to create a challenging and enjoyable experience for all golfers.”

Dye has a rich portfolio to his name, including TPC Sawgrass in Jacksonville, Florida, Pound Ridge in New York, and Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, the host of the 2010 PGA Championship.

“It was a great golf course, it just needed to be updated,” said Rick Butts, Keswick Hall’s general manager. “People ask me if the new course is going to be hard to play, and Pete stressed from the beginning that the course should be playable for everyone as long as they’re playing from the proper tees and distance. He physically constructs the course to challenge each of those appropriately.”