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Pete Dye's Full Cry at Keswick Golf Club is the perfect complement to the Forbes Five-Star rated Keswick Hall Resort in central Virginia. Courtesy of Keswick Hall
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The first hole on Full Cry, a medium-length par 4, is a preview of the golf course's beauty and playability. Courtesy of Keswick Hall
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One of the most intimidating holes at Full Cry might be one of the shortest, the par-3 seventh, which plays from 109 yards to 206 yards. Courtesy of Keswick Hall
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The par 5s at Full Cry at Keswick Golf Club, like the 519-yard eighth from the Dye tees, are all good scoring opportunities. Courtesy of Keswick Hall
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An aerial view shows Keswick Hall and Full Cry at Keswick Golf Club around it. Courtesy of Keswick Hall
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The pot bunker on Full Cry's par-3 11th really shouldn't come into play, but it's still intimidating. Courtesy of Keswick Hall
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The longest hole on Full Cry at Keswick Golf Club is the par-5 second at 609 yards. It's also the no. 3 handicap hole. Courtesy of Keswick Hall
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This is where the new course at Keswick Golf Club gets its name: the hunting hounds at Full Cry. Courtesy of Keswick Hall
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Not surprisingly, Full Cry at Keswick Golf Club has excellent practice facilities. Courtesy of Keswick Hall
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Full Cry at Keswick Hall and Golf Club in Virginia blends history with a gentler side of Pete Dye

KESWICK, Va. -- Now in its second season, the Pete-Dye designed Full Cry at Keswick Hall and Golf Club has matured beyond its age and takes its place as one of the most playable Dye designs ever.

Which makes Full Cry, built on top of an Arnold Palmer design from 20 years ago, the perfect resort course for historic Keswick Hall, originally built in 1912 as the Villa Crawford.

Named for the full cry of the hunting hounds so popular in this region, Full Cry, which is open to members and guests at the resort, can be enjoyed by almost every level of player. From just over 7,100 yards, it will test the best players with its long approaches and some forced carries off the tee, but play it up and you can run the ball into the greens if you can avoid the bunkers around the openings.

Better yet, no two holes are alike at Full Cry, thanks to the rolling landscape, streams and Dye's imagination. And the golf course plays differently from every set of tees, which range from 4,809 yards to 7,134 yards.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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Full Cry at Keswick Hall and Golf Club in Virginia blends history with a gentler side of Pete Dye