Pete Dye is confirmed dead at the age of 94.
Pete was best known as a American Hall of Fame golf course designer (TPC at Sawgrass).
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Pete Dye
Paul Dye Jr.

(1925-12-29)December 29, 1925
DiedJanuary 9, 2020(2020-01-09) (aged 94)
Alma materRollins College
OccupationGolf course designer
Alice (O'Neal) Dye
(m. 1950; her death 2019)
Parent(s)Elizabeth and Paul "Pink" Dye
AwardsWorld Golf Hall of Fame
PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award
Old Tom Morris Award
Doctor of Landscape Architecture
ASGCA Donald Ross Award
Pete Dye
Allegiance United States
Service/branch U.S. Army
Years of service1942–1944
UnitFort Bragg
Paul "Pete" Dye Jr. (December 29, 1925 – January 9, 2020) was an American golf course designer and a member of a family of course designers. He was married to fellow designer and amateur champion Alice Dye.
1 Early life
2 Design career
3 Later life
4 Courses designed
4.1 Public
4.2 Private
5 References
6 Further reading
7 External links
Early life
Dye was born in Urbana, Ohio, the son of Paul F. "Pink" and Elizabeth Dye. A few years before Dye's birth, his father became involved with golf and built a nine-hole course on family land in Champaign County called the "Urbana Country Club." As a youngster, he worked and played that course. While attending Urbana High School, he won the Ohio state high school golf championship, and medaled in the state amateur golf championship, all before entering the U.S. Army at age 18 in 1944 during World War II. Dye first moved to Delray Beach, Florida with his parents in 1933 and eventually established his own winter residence there. With his brother Andy, he had attended the Asheville School, a boarding school in North Carolina at Asheville. Dye entered the Airborne School at Fort Benning in Georgia to be a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, but the war ended while he was in training. He was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina where he served the rest of his hitch as greenskeeper on the base golf course. Dye explained,
"I played the golf course at Pinehurst No. 2 for six solid months, and I got to know Mr. Donald Ross...(who) had built the Fort Bragg golf course. He would come over and watch us play golf, and most of the time the captain and colonel hauled me over there. They didn't know who Mr. Ross was, but the other fellow walking with him was JC Penney, and they all knew him."
After his discharge, Dye relocated to Florida and enrolled at Rollins College in Winter Park, northeast of Orlando, where he met his wife, Alice Holliday O'Neal. They were married in early 1950, and had two sons, Perry and P.B. (Paul Burke). They moved to Indiana to her hometown of Indianapolis, and Dye sold insurance. Within a few years, he distinguished himself as a million dollar salesman, and was also successful in amateur golf. Dye won the Indiana amateur championship in 1958, following runner-up finishes in 1954 and 1955. At age 31, he qualified for the U.S. Open in 1957 at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, but shot 152 (+12) to miss the cut by two strokes, as did Arnold Palmer; seventeen-year-old amateur Jack Nicklaus was eight strokes behind them at 160.
Design career
Dye made the decision to become a golf course designer in his mid-30s. Alice supported his career change and became partner in the new venture. In 1961, the couple visited and talked to noted golf architect Bill Diddle, who lived nearby. He warned them about the economic uncertainty of the profession, but they persisted. The first design from Dye and his wife was the nine-hole El Dorado course south of Indianapolis, which crossed a creek thirteen times. Those nine holes are now incorporated into the Royal Oak course at Dye's Walk Country Club. Their first 18-hole course was created during 1962 in Indianapolis and named Heather Hills, now known as Maple Creek Golf & Country Club.
Dye designed the Radrick Farms Golf Course for the University of Michigan in 1962, but the course did not open until 1965. At the time, he was using the design style of Trent Jones, but after seeing the work of Alister MacKenzie, who designed the 1931 Michigan course, Dye decided to incorporate features from two greens into his next project. Dye visited Scotland in 1963 and made a thorough study of its classic courses. The Scottish use of pot bunkers, bulkheads constructed of wood, and diminutive greens influenced his subsequent designs.
Dye's first well-known course was Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana, north of Indianapolis, begun in 1964. It hosted the PGA Championship in 1991, won by ninth alternate John Daly. In 1967, he designed The Golf Club near Columbus, Ohio, where he solicited input from 27-year-old Jack Nicklaus, an area local who won his seventh major (of 18) that year. The two worked together to design the acclaimed Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina, opened in 1969, the site of an annual PGA Tour event ever since. Nicklaus credits Dye with significant influence on his own approach to golf course design. Also in 1969, Dye designed his first course in Florida called Delray Dunes. In 1970, he designed Martingham Golf Course in St. Michaels, Maryland, now known as Harbourtowne Resort. The owners of the project went bankrupt and Dye went unpaid; the course was eventually finished, however, and had many of Dye's signature course characteristics such as deep bunkers, small greens, short challenging par fours, and railroad ties. In 2015, the property was purchased by Richard D. Cohen who has entered into an agreement with Dye to update and redesign the course. The new owner agreed to pay the funds that were not paid during the original design.
In 1986, Dye also designed a course in the Italian province of Brescia, near Lake Iseo, the Franciacorta Golf Club, recognized today as wine golf course. Dye is considered to be one of the most influential course architects in the world. His designs are known for distinctive features, including small greens and the use of railroad ties to hold bunkers. His design for the Brickyard Crossing golf course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway utilized the dismantled outer retaining wall from the race track. He is known for designing the "world's most terrifying tee shot," the par-3 17th hole of the Stadium Course at TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Known as the "Island Green," it gained wide notice 38 years ago in 1982, during the first Players Championship at the new course. Dye's designs have been credited with returning short & medium length par fours to golf. Many of the best young golf architects have "pushed dirt" for Pete, including Bill Coore, Tom Doak, John Harbottle, Butch Laporte, Tim Liddy, Scott Poole, David Postlewaite, Lee Schmidt, Keith Sparkman, Jim Urbina, Bobby Weed, Rod Whitman, and Abe Wilson.
Later life
Dye received the Old Tom Morris Award in 2003 from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, their highest honor. In 2004, he was the recipient of the PGA Distinguished Service Award, the highest annual honor of the PGA of America, which recognizes individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf. In 2005, Dye became the sixth recipient of the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in November 2008 in the Lifetime Achievement category. The American Society of Golf Course Architects bestowed the Donald Ross Award on Dye in 1995. Dye was named Architect of the Year by Golf World magazine, awarded a Doctor of Landscape Architecture degree from Purdue University, received Indiana's Sagamore of the Wabash award and was honored as Family of the Year by the National Golf Foundation.
Dye died on January 9, 2020.
Courses designed
A partial list of courses that Dye either designed alone or co-designed:
Arizona State University (Karsten Golf Course) – Tempe
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club (Championship Course) – Mesa
Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Resort – Carmel Valley Ranch
La Quinta Resort and Club (Dunes Course, Mountain Course) – La Quinta
PGA West (Stadium Course) – La Quinta
Lost Canyons Golf Club (Shadow Course, Sky Course) – Simi Valley
The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa (South Course) – Rancho Mirage
Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles
The Country Club of Colorado – Colorado Springs
Plum Creek Golf Club – Castle Rock
Riverdale Dunes – Brighton
Gypsum Creek Golf Course – Gypsum
Copper Creek Golf Course – Copper Mountain
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course – Bloomfield
Amelia Island Plantation - Ocean Links - Amelia Island, Florida
Gasparilla Inn Golf Course – Boca Grande
Palm Beach Polo (The Cypress Course) – Wellington
PGA Golf Club (The Dye Course) – Port St. Lucie
River Ridge Golf Course – Harbour Ridge | Palm City – Treasure Coast – Florida Golf Communities
TPC at Sawgrass (Stadium Course) – Ponte Vedra Beach
Ruffled Feathers Golf Course – Lemont
Tamarack Country Club – Shiloh
Yorktown Golf Course – Belleville
Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex at Purdue University (Ackerman-Allen Course, Kampen Course) – West Lafayette
Brickyard Crossing – Speedway
The Club at Chatham Hills (semi-private) – Westfield
Dye's Walk Country Club (formerly Eldorado Country Club and Royal Oak) – Greenwood
Eagle Creek Golf Club (Pines and Sycamore Courses) at Eagle Creek Park – Indianapolis
Forest Park – Brazil
The Fort Golf Course – Fort Harrison State Park – Indianapolis
Greenbelt Golf Course – Columbus
The Camferdam Golf Experience (The Indianapolis Children's Museum) - Indianapolis, Indiana
Maple Creek Country Club (formerly Heather Hills Country Club) – Indianapolis
Mystic Hills Golf Course – Culver
Oak Tree Golf Course (front nine) – Plainfield
The Pete Dye Course – French Lick
Plum Creek Golf Club – Carmel
Sahm Golf Course – Indianapolis
TPC of Louisiana – Avondale
Kearney Hill Golf Links – Lexington
Peninsula Golf Course – Lancaster
Bulle Rock Golf Course – Havre de Grace
Harbourtowne Resort Country Club – St. Michaels
Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links – Berlin
Paiute Golf Club Resort (Snow Mountain, Sun Mountain, and Wolf Courses) – Las Vegas
Desert Pines Golf Club – Las Vegas
New York
Pound Ridge Golf Club – Pound Ridge
North Carolina
Cardinal by Pete Dye – Greensboro
Founders Golf Course – Southport
Oak Hollow Golf Course – High Point
Avalon Lakes – Warren
Fowler's Mill GC – Chesterland
Little Turtle Golf Club – Westerville
Iron Valley Golf Course – Lebanon
Mystic Rock, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – Farmington
South Carolina
Harbour Town Golf Links – Hilton Head Island
Kiawah Island Golf Resort (The Ocean Course) – Kiawah Island
Heron Point (formerly Sea Marsh) – Hilton Head Island
The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort – North Myrtle Beach
Prestwick Country Club – Myrtle Beach
Stonebridge Ranch Country Club (The Dye Course) – McKinney
AT&T Canyons Course of TPC at San Antonio
Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech – Radford
River Course at Kingsmill Resort – Williamsburg
Virginia Beach National – Virginia Beach
Virginia Oaks – Gainesville
Big Fish Golf Club – Hayward
Whistling Straits (Irish Course, Straits Course) – Haven
Blackwolf Run (River Course, Meadows Valley Course) – Kohler
Dominican Republic
Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore, The Links) – Casa de Campo
The Lakes Barcelo Golf Course -
Fuego Maya – La Reunion
Caesarea Golf & Country Club – Caesarea
Ancala Country Club – Scottsdale
The Citrus Golf Club - La Quinta
Mission Hills Country Club Pete Dye Course - Rancho Mirage
The Hideaway Golf Club Pete Dye Course - La Quinta
Glenmoor Country Club – Cherry Hills Village
Delray Dunes Golf and Country Club- Boynton Beach, Florida
The Dye Preserve Golf Club - Jupiter
Gulf Stream Golf Club - (Pete and Alice Dye - 2014 Remodel) Gulf Stream
Talis Park Golf Club (with Greg Norman) – Naples
Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club (River Ridge Course) Palm City
North Course - (John's Island Club, Vero Beach, FL) (Pete and Perry Dye) Vero Beach
South Course - (John's Island Club, Vero Beach, FL) (Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus) Vero Beach
Southern Hills Plantation Club – Brooksville
Medalist Golf Club (with Greg Norman) – Jupiter
The Moorings Club of Vero Beach – Vero Beach
Old Marsh Golf Club – Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Pete Dye Course - (PGA Golf Club at the Reserve) – Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Harbor Course – ((Grand Harbor, Vero Beach, FL))
St. Andrews Club - Delray Beach, FL
West Bay Club (Estero, FL) (Pete and P.B Dye)
Atlanta National Golf Club – Alpharetta
The Ogeechee Golf Club at the Ford Plantation, Richmond Hill
Oakwood Country Club – Coal Valley
The Bridgewater Club – Westfield
The Club at Chatham Hills - Westfield
Crooked Stick Golf Club – Carmel
Harbour Trees Golf Club - Noblesville
Maple Creek Golf & Country Club – Indianapolis
Woodland Country Club – Carmel
Des Moines Golf and Country Club – West Des Moines
Belle Terre Country Club – LaPlace
Radrick Farms Golf Course at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Wabeek Country Club – Bloomfield Hills
Boone Valley Golf Club – Augusta
Old Hickory Golf Club – St. Peters
Firethorn Golf Club – Lincoln
North Carolina
Country Club of Landfall – Wilmington
The Golf Club – New Albany
Little Turtle Golf Club – Westerville
Oak Tree National – Edmond
Oak Tree Country Club – Edmond
Montour Heights Country Club – Coraopolis
South Carolina
DeBordieu Club – Georgetown
Long Cove Club – Hilton Head Island
Colleton River Plantation Club (Dye Course) – Bluffton
The Honors Golf Club – Ooltewah
Rarity Mountain Golf Club – Jellico
Austin Country Club – Austin
The Stonebridge Ranch Country Club – McKinney
Promontory – Park City
West Virginia
Pete Dye Golf Club – Clarksburg
Santa Barbara Beach Resort (Old Quarry Golf Course) – Curacao
Mission Hills Dongguan - Pete Dye Course, Mission Hills China
Dominican Republic
La Romana Country Club – La Romana
Pristine Bay Resort - Roatán
Caesarea Golf Club (2009 course redesign)
Franciacorta Golf Club – Franciacorta, Sebino, (Brescia)
Golf Club du Domaine Impérial - Gland, Vaud
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