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Golf

Golf

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The River Course Experience

Distinctively Dye . . .Distinctively VT

The unmistakable elements of a Pete Dye design and Virginia Tech’s commitment to excellence and tradition are immediately apparent from the moment you arrive at “The River”. The course hosted the 2011 NCAA Regional Championships and the 2016 Virginia State Amateur Championships, and continues to be one of the top courses in the region. The River Course is proud to be the home of the Virginia Tech and Radford University golf teams.

“This place has all the ambience and qualities that make a golf course really good. Here you’ve got the sound of the river up and down the whole golf course the entire time...the river and scenery are unbelievable.” 

-   Pete Dye, Course Architect

USGA Slope and Rating

A USGA COURSE RATING is the USGA's evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for scratch golfers under normal course and weather conditions for the purpose of handicap indexes. It is expressed as strokes taken to one decimal place, and is based on yardage and other obstacles to the extent that they affect the scoring of a scratch golfer. A USGA SLOPE RATING evaluates the relative playing difficulty of a course for players who are not scratch golfers. The lowest USGA Slope Rating is 55 and the highest is 155. A golf course of standard playing difficulty has a USGA Slope Rating of 113.


Men's USGA Course and Slope Ratings at the Pete Dye River Course:

Tee Markers

USGA Course Rating

USGA Slope Rating

Nine-Hole Course Rating

Nine-Hole Slope Rating

Black - 7685 yards

77.5

145

38.3

39.2

147

143

Maroon - 7088 yards

74.8

140

37.3

37.5

143

137

White - 6495 yards

72.1

134

36.0

36.1

137

131

Orange - 5903 yards

69.5

128

34.3

35.2

130

125


Women's USGA Course and Slope Ratings at the Pete Dye River Course:

Tee Markers

USGA Course Rating

USGA Slope Rating

Nine-Hole Course Rating

Nine-Hole Slope Rating

White - 6495 yards

77.8

143

38.7

39.1

144

141

Orange - 5903 yards

74.6

135

36.9

37.7

136

134

Red - 5142 yards

70.3

127

35.0

35.3

129

125

Certified by Virginia State Golf Association Rating Committee 1/01/2017

Practice Facilities

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Whether you simply want to warm up before you play or are looking for a place to improve your game, our practice complex includes a large practice tee, chipping green with bunkers and a 10,000 sq. ft. putting green. Range balls are available by the bucket and range plans are available for those patrons who wish a greater value.

Golf Shop

golf clubhouse at pete dye river course

For the latest in golf equipment and quality golf apparel, look no further than our pro shop. Our professional staff can provide experienced golf instruction, club fitting, club repair, handicap services and more. Gift Certificates are available for golf, merchandise or lessons. Surprise a golfer in your life with a gift of golf. To contact the golf shop, please call 1-888-Pete Dye (1-888-738-3393) or (540) 633-6732.

Dress Code

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Members and guests of the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech are expected to be dressed in appropriate golf attire using the following guidelines:

  • Collared or mock shirts are required for men
  • Soft spikes only (metal spikes are not allowed)
  • Denim jeans or denim shorts are not allowed
  • Shorts must be Bermuda length
  • Ladies blouses and shirts should have either a collar or sleeves

Along with the golf course, the dress code applies to the putting green, driving range, practice areas and the pro shop.  Management may refuse service or ask individuals to leave the facility if they are deemed inappropriately attired.

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