The Dye Course is one of four courses at Barefoot Resort and like most Dye courses it penalizes any wayward shots and par may be difficult thanks to over 175 waste and sand bunkers, water on 5 holes, uneven lies, some tricky holes, and challenging small undulating greens. The Dye Course at Barefoot Resort is a true players course and each hole is very different and unique with some type of new challenge to keep you on your game. But don't let that discourage you from playing this fantastic and fun course.
The first hole gives you a good feel for what you'll be up against on the next 17 - a 425 yard dog leg left par 4 (#6 handicap) requiring a good drive to avoid the 5 huge natural sand areas that line the small roller coaster and contoured fairway all the way to the green which is surrounded by berms, sand bunkers, and grass mounds.
Most of the course plays like a links style course - open and few trees - and along the way back to the club house you'll need to manage surprising elevation changes, forced carries, steep and deep bunkers, some strong winds, and uneven lies.
The front nine is fantastic with several outstanding holes like:
The fairways vary from open to tight, all require accurate shots to avoid the water, bunkers, berms, waste areas, and grass and sand bunkers. Most of the fairways are rolling and contoured and you'll need to manage a lot of uneven lies. When we played in June they were in excellent condition.
Dye must have a loving relationship with bunkers and natural sand areas - the Dye Course is loaded with them! You'll find small pot bunkers, lots of grass bunkers, and plenty of huge natural sand bunkers of all shapes and sizes. Some of the bunkers are very steep and deep and if you land in them par will be tough. You can drive in the natural sand areas and on some holes the sand areas were so huge that it felt like we were on a stretch of beach on the Atlantic Ocean with a small grass patch and a putting green - I was tempted to park the cart, plant an umbrella and lawn chair, pop a beer, and enjoy the scenery, but there was no surf or pretty bathing beauties and I knew I was likely to get bonged by a golf ball or driven over by a drunken resort golfer.
The bent green complexes are medium is size and mild in undulation, but surrounding swales and collection areas make for some tricky up and downs. The greens and fairways were live velvet - soft and spongy. The fringe was also smooth and puttable. The greens were rolling a little slower than normal (11 to 12 is typical), held well (but don't miss), and thanks to slope, subtle breaks, and undulation two and three putts were not uncommon for us.
This is a fantastic 18 holes of course - very challenging, very unique, and very fun.
The club house and pro shop are first class and well appointed. The staff is very friendy and the service is excellent. Pace of play is also very good.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.