Keswick Hall Showing Off Renovation of its Pete Dye-designed Full Cry Golf Course

Keswick Hall – the acclaimed 600-acre luxury resort set in Virginia’s Wine Country – is showcasing the renovation of its Pete Dye-designed, Full Cry, golf course, led by golf course architect Scot Sherman.

Keswick Hall is a two-hour drive from the Washington D.C. metro area and only 30 minutes from the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport. Richmond International Airport (RIC) is an easy 60-minute drive.

The work on Full Cry joins the comprehensive hotel and amenities renovation headed by owners Molly and Robert Hardie in conjunction with global design firm Hart Howerton. The stunning results now show off the original elegant structure and provide an even more luxurious and modern setting for Keswick Hall’s guests.  Hardie also worked closely with Sherman and his team on the improvements to Full Cry.

“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,” 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 an ideal layout for golfers of all abilities to enjoy the game, the layout now has new options off the tee on several holes, including the par-4, third hole that 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 on par-3, seventh hole. Playing 85 yards from the front tee and a daunting 193 yards from the back, the hole is a nice example of Dye’s genius for visual intimidation. The redesign has made a classic hole even better.

New bunker complexes were created on the par-4, 13th and par-4, 14th holes by adding two course characteristics – Dye’s notorious pot bunkers and wooden planks that form bunker walls. 

Full Cry is now hosting the Virginia Mid-Amateur Championship through Sept. 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 Rob McNamara, Keswick Hall club manager and director of golf. “The work has exceeded our expectations and Full Cry has solidified its standing in the upper echelons of premier places to tee it up.”  

The renovation highlights also includes an increase in the number of guest rooms from 48 to 80; a new  horizon pool; and food and beverage outlets under the direction of acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten who oversees the property’s culinary operations. 

The resort is currently opening its new, luxurious Keswick Hall Spa offering a selection of holistic spa experiences thoughtfully curated to support mental, physical and emotional well-being.


Photo Courtesy of Keswick Hall

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