Keswick Hall announced it has completed a renovation of its Pete Dye-designed course, Full Cry. Scot Sherman, ASGCA, guided the work for the Virginia resort.
The work on Full Cry joins hotel and amenities renovation headed by owners Molly and Robert Hardie in conjunction with global design firm Hart Howerton. Robert Hardie also worked closely with Sherman and his team on the improvements to Full Cry, which opened in 2014.
“Pete Dye always liked to tinker and improve his golf course creations, so it’s an honor we’re carrying on his incredible legacy here at Full Cry just as he would have done,” Robert Hardie said. “We are blessed to have one of Pete’s great golf course designs here at Keswick Hall for our members and guests to enjoy for decades to come.”
Using Dye’s vision for Full Cry as a layout for golfers of all abilities to enjoy the game, the course has new options off the tee on several holes, including the par-4 third, which now plays 275 yards from the forward tees and 355 yards from the back. With a wider fairway and a new series of progressively smaller bunkers nearing the green, the hole can be played on multiple levels of difficulty and is the epitome of strategic golf that Dye was long known for creating.
Additionally, a new tee box was added as well as the rebuild of the “Sahara” greenside bunker of the par-3 seventh hole. Playing a forgiving 85 yards from the front tee and a daunting 193 yards from the back, the hole is a splendid example of Dye’s genius for visual intimidation. The redesign has made a classic hole even better.
New bunker complexes were additionally fashioned on both the par-4 13th and par-4 14th by adding two course characteristics Dye became world-famous for: pot bunkers and wooden planks forming bunker walls. Some of the best players in Virginia will be testing their games against the renovation as Full Cry will host the Virginia Mid-Amateur Championship Sept. 22-25.“Scot is an expert on Pete Dye’s incredible lifetime of work, and we’re thrilled to have him help us make Full Cry even more exceptional,” said Keswick Hall club manager and director of golf Rob McNamara. “The work has exceeded our expectations and Full Cry has solidified its standing in the upper echelons of premier places to tee it up.”