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8400 River Course Dr.

Radford, Virginia 24141

Phone: (540) 633-6732

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General Inquiries
Call the River Course 540.633.6732 or 1.888.Pete.Dye (1.888.738.3393)

Golf Tournaments and Memberships
Call John Norton, General Manager and Head PGA Professional, at 540.633.6732

Preston's at the River
Call the Restaurant at 540.633.2667

Special Events
Call our Catering and Events team at 540.633.1807

History of "The River"

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Aerial view of the golf course
The River Course, originally designed by Ault, Clark and Associates, was built in 1998-1999. The Virginia Tech Foundation acquired the course in 2002. Bordered by 2.5 miles of the scenic New River, the well-designed course had significant potential. Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates developed an overall site plan for a new clubhouse and maintenance facility along with improvements to the range and practice facility. In 2003, the driving range/practice facility was rebuilt through the generosity of long-time Virginia Tech golf supporters, Buddy and Doris Nevaisor.

Simultaneously, Tech alumnus and philanthropist Bill and wife Alice Goodwin asked their friend, Pete Dye, to consider revamping "The River" into a world class course. After visiting, Dye outlined his ideas with a revised plan for the course. Construction began in 2003 with formal dedication and renaming on June 5, 2006, of The Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech. During the dedication, Virginia Tech President Steger announced a $2 million commitment from the Williams-Berry Charitable Trust in support of the construction of a new clubhouse. Harry (’55) and Patsy Williams were supporters of Virginia Tech athletics and academics and involved in the university community.

In 2006, Golf Digest recognized the course as a Best New Course and in 2007 as the Fourth Best Newly Remodeled golf course in America.

The Williams-Berry gift stimulated fundraising efforts for the clubhouse and accelerated the design and planning process. Ideas and concepts became specific plans, and ground was broken in May 2008 for the $5.5 million project.

In 2009, Golf Digest awarded the course a 4.5 star rating and included it in its Best Places to Play. Golf operations moved to the clubhouse in early May of 2010 and the Harry S. and Patsy B. Williams Clubhouse was officially dedicated on October 28, 2010.

About Pete Dye

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Paul B. “Pete” Dye is one of the most influential course designers of the modern era. After building a few courses in the Midwest in the early 1960’s, he and his wife, Alice, traveled to Scotland in 1963 and spent a month studying and playing many of the world’s classic layouts.What he took away changed the shape of golf design in the latter part of the 20th century – bunkers of all shapes and sizes, railroad ties as architectural features, un-manicured rough and a general orientation to a more strategic approach to the game.Dye built some of the most transformative golf courses in the world, adapting his designs to incorporate the design features of great Scottish courses. His design style is evident on every hole at “The River” where each shot is more about strategy than a reliance on brute force.

His honors include the recipient of the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award, an induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, the Old Tom Morris Award and the ASGCA Donald Ross Award, among others.

His resume of designs includes Crooked Stick Golf Club, TPC Stadium Course at Sawgrass, Whistling Straits, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, Blackwolf Run, PGA West, Harbour Town Golf Links and of course, The Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech. With more than 100 courses to his credit, many of which have hosted numerous PGA TOUR and LPGA events, major championships, a Ryder Cup and a Solheim Cup.

Meet Our Staff

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Jay Hardwick- Director of Golf Operations

Jay Hardwick was promoted to the position of Director of Golf Operations/Head Men’s Golf Coach on January 1, 2003. In addition to his coaching duties, he is responsible for the staffs and overall operation of both the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Golf Course. He was Director of Golf at Virginia Tech from 1983-2003 and the head PGA Professional and general manager at Giles Country Club in Pearisburg, VA, from 1973-1983. Prior to that he played the PGA winter tour from 1972-1973.
Jay is a 1971 graduate of Virginia Tech where he was a four-year letterman in golf and captain his senior year. Among his honors are:
2007 Inductee into the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame
2005 Bill Strausbaugh Award
2005 Labron Harris, Sr. Award
1994 Inductee into the Virginia PGA Hall of Fame

John Norton- Head PA Professional

John Norton assumed the duties of Head PGA Professional at the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech on December 1, 2004. He was Director of Golf at Grand Palms resort and Spa in Pembroke Pines, Florida from 2003-2004. Prior to that he was head PGA Professional at the Country Club of Miami from 1994-2003 where he had served as Director of Instruction for the PGA Tour from 1990-1994.
John is a 1982 graduate of Marshall University and a former West Virginia Junior and Intercollegiate Champion. Professionally, he participated in PGA Tour Qualifying three times and was the 1986 Nebraska PGA Section Champion. He was a highly respected golf professional in the Southern Chapter of the South Florida Section of the PGA of America for many years and served as President from 2001-2003. He also served the SFPGA Section Executive Committee as Awards Chairman from 2001- 2004.

Among his many honors are:
2003 Bill Strausbaugh Award
2001 & 2002 Merchandiser of the Year Award
2002 Player of the Year
2000 Golf Professional of the Year

Mark Cote- Director of Golf Maintenance

Mark Cote joined the River Course, LLC in March of 2006 as Superintendent for “The River”. On June 1, 2009 he was promoted to Director of Golf Maintenance to be responsible for the maintenance of both the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Campus Golf Course.
Mark is a 1984 graduate of Colby College in Waterville, ME with a BA in History. He also holds an Associate Degree in Turf Management from Virginia Tech.
He started in the golf industry at the age of 12 working as a caddy. He spent two years teaching and coaching at Southampton Academy before returning to golf. He has worked at Farmington Country Club, River Creek Country Club, The Greenbrier Resort and eight years at the Homestead Resort prior to his association with the River Course, LLC.
Mark is a 16 year member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) from which he holds a Class A Superintendent rating. He served as President of the Virginia Turfgrass Association (VTA) and the Virginia Golf Course Superintendents Association (VGCSA) which has been active in helping to form legislative policy for the future of the golf industry in Virginia.

Mike Cole- Clubhouse Manager

Mike joined the staff of the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech on June 3, 2013 as the Outside Operations and Facilities Manager. He is a retired high school teacher and football coach with over 30 years of coaching and teaching experience. Mike has been both an assistant and head football coach at various schools throughout the New River Valley.

Virginia Tech Golf Teams

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Men's Head Coach- Jay Hardwick

A 1971 graduate of Virginia Tech, Jay returned to his alma mater in 1983 and assumed the dual role of Director of Golf for the Virginia Tech Golf Course and Head Golf Coach for the Hokies. He was promoted to the position of Director of Golf Operations/Head Golf Coach in 2003. In addition to his coaching duties, he is responsible for the staffs and overall operation of both the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Golf Course.
Hardwick is in his 35th season at Virginia Tech. During that time he has developed the Hokie golf program into one that not only wins, but does so the right way. Academic integrity, solid fundamentals and a sense of right are trademarks of this program. In January 2008, Hardwick was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America's Hall of Fame. He received the award at the association's annual banquet in Orlando, and sharing the dais with Hardwick and the two other inductees was golf legend Arnold Palmer, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the GCAA. He was named the 2005 recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award presented by the Middle Atlantic PGA to a PGA member who has made significant contributions through mentoring of PGA Professionals and through involvement in Community and charitable activities. Hardwick also received the inaugural Labron Harris Sr. Award, given by E-Z-Go Textron, in association with the PGA of America. The award is presented to the coach and PGA Professional whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of the game and represent the finest qualities the game has to offer.
A head golf professional for 45 years, Jay is a Class "A" Member, Quarter Century Club Member, and Life Member of the PGA of America. In 1994 he was inducted into the Virginia PGA Hall of Fame, making him the youngest member of this prestigious group.

Men's Assistant Coach- Brian Sharp


Women's Head Coach- Carol Robertson

Carol Robertson became the first-ever Head Coach for the Hokies' women's golf program in 2013. She came to Virginia Tech following two seasons as the head coach at Old Dominion University. She became the head coach at ODU following one season as the assistant for both the men's and women's programs at the school
While with the Monarchs, Robertson led her teams to five tournament titles in her two seasons, including three tournament titls this past season. In the 2012-13 season, ODU finished in the top five in eigh of the 10 regular season events. In her first season at ODU, the women's program placed fifth or better in six tournaments.
The Tazewell, Va., native graduated from James Madison University in 2005 with a B.S. degree in public administration with a concentration in criminal justice. She received a M.S. degree in sport management in 2007 from West Virginia University.

Women's Assistant Head Coach- Russell Abbott

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