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Valhalla Golf Club



Long Cove Club

Hilton Head Island, SC Private

Overview

Long Cove was originally routed by Frank Duane and his then-partner Arnold Palmer in the early 1970s. Then Pete Dye was offered the job, but turned it down in order to concentrate on construction of No. 52 TPC Sawgrass. Once TPC was finished, Dye was persuaded to build Long Cove. Having previously done No. 142 Harbour Town just down the road, Dye wanted to do something different, so he installed knobs and mounds and framing berms, shaped some remarkably large greens and built two holes skirting the Colleton River. His construction crew contained half a dozen youngsters who would ultimately became golf architects, including construction supervisor Bobby Weed, Tom Doak, David Savic, Ron Farris, Scott Pool and Pete’s younger son, P.B. In 2018, Weed, author of No. 107 Olde Farm, was picked to restore Pete’s original design, which had grown shaggy around the edges. Now golfers can again run the ball onto 16 of the 18 greens.

About

Holes 18
Length 7094
Slope 141
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1981
Designer Pete Dye, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest
100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

100 Greatest: Ranked 1983 through 2010.
Highest ranking: 19th, 1985-'86.

Second 100 Greatest:
2023-'24 ranking: 188th.
Previous ranking: 173rd.

Best in State: Ranked first, 1985-'95, 1999. Ranked inside the top five, 1983-2009. Ranked inside the top 10, 2011-'24.
2023-'24 ranking (and previous): 8th.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.4

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.4103
Character
7.2759
Challenge
7.3268
Layout Variety
7.4385
Fun
7.2278
Aesthetics
7.2645
Conditioning
7.3684

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