PGA Championship

Valhalla Golf Club



Kingsmill Resort: The River Course

Williamsburg, VA Public

Overview

Pete Dye gained notoriety in the 1960s for his unique, trend-setting take on architecture at courses like The Golf Club, Crooked Stick and Harbour Town. He became a virtual household name in the 1980s after creating sensations like The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, PGA West and Blackwolf Run, and the fame continued throughout the 90s and for the rest of his career—at The Ocean Course, Whistling Straits, The Dye Course at French Lick and numerous others—until his passing in 2020. Less heralded are his courses from the 1970s. But among them, the River Course at Kingsmill Resort continues to stand out and remains a strong expression of Dye’s early design period, more in the mode of Harbour Town than Sawgrass. The course, which hosted the PGA Tour’s Michelob Championship from 1981 through 2002 and now hosts an LPGA event, sits quietly on the land and lets the natural movements of the wooded site—rather than sharp architectural features—define the character. The final three holes circle near the James River, including the par-3 17th that plays on a bluff above the water.

About

Holes 18
Length 6831
Slope 136
Price $220
Facility Type Public
Designer Pete Dye, ASGCA

Awards

Best Courses in Every State

Best in State: Ranked 13th, 2023-'24. Ranked top five, 1989, 1995. Ranked top 10, 1997. Ranked top 15, 1997, 2009. Ranked top 20, 2011-'22.

Panelists

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

4.1

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
6.957
Character
6.8346
Challenge
6.808
Layout Variety
6.9322
Fun
6.8784
Aesthetics
6.9137
Conditioning
6.7106

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