Designed by Pete Dye, the new course at the Virginia resort will open on October 10th.
“Full Cry,” a new Pete Dye-designed golf course that takes its name from a hunting term that described the call of hounds that have found the scent of their prey, is set to open on October 10th at Keswick Hall, the 600-acre resort property in Keswick, Va., near Charlottesville.
A totally new course built on the bones of the Fred Finlay original that first appeared in 1948 and was renovated by Arnold Palmer in 1992, Full Cry is likely to be known for its demanding home stretch, made up of a Redan-style par 3 modeled on the 15th at North Berwick in Scotland, a memorable par 5 paralleled by railroad tracks, and a closing hole that offers a panoramic view of the resort’s historic 48-room inn and surrounding Hunt Country.
Pete Dye is calling it one of the best layouts he’s ever done. “There is no question this is the perfect terrain for an exceptional golf course, and that’s exactly what we have with Full Cry,” says Dye, whose other credits include TPC Sawgrass, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Michigan-based Albanese & Lutzke oversaw construction management of the course.
“Our splendid new Pete Dye course puts us right on the map as a destination for golfers seeking the ‘best of the best’ courses,” says Greg Sligh, CEO and Managing Partner of Keswick Hall. “It’s an honor working with Pete and we can’t thank him enough for his design genius, creatively and passion for the game.”
The country estate is a property of Richmond, Va.-based Riverstone Group under its Historic Hotels of Albemarle division. The company also owns and manages The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Resort (S.C.), The Sea Pines Resort (S.C.), The Jefferson Hotel (Va.) and The Hermitage Hotel (Tenn.).