Golf world reacts to the passing of legendary course architect Pete Dye

Pete Dye

Famous golf designer Pete Dye passes, aged 94

Dye also had several courses on the PGA Tour, mostly notably the TPC Sawgrass, where the Stadium Course has held The Players Championship since 1982.

Born in Urbana, Ohio, in 1925, Dye was the son of an amateur golf course designer but became an accomplished player before following in his father's footsteps. In the end, Pete's path usually turned out to be the right one.

"He was an icon when it comes to golf course design", said Brandt Snedeker, who won at Harbour Town in Hilton Head, South Carolina. His 2008 induction capped a four-decade career as one of the game's most respected - and most controversial - course designers.

He and Alive opened his first well-known course, Crooked Stick at Carmel, Ind., in the mid-1960s.

A 2008 inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Dye was responsible for designing some of the world's most famous golf courses, including Florida's TPC Sawgrass, Kiawah Island in SC and Whistling Straits, the layout in Kohler, Wis., where the 2020 Ryder Cup will be played. Dye then teamed up with Nicklaus to design Harbour Town, which now hosts the RBC Heritage the week after the Masters and is known as an atypical stop on the PGA Tour; its narrow fairways and low-hanging trees emphasize shot-making and accuracy and de-emphasize the length needed at most other tour events today.

Dye's first popularly known design, situated in Alice's hometown of Indianapolis, Crooked Stick is a typically striking fare, best remembered for hosting the 1991 PGA Championship, crowning John Daly's unlikely victory. "And then one day Alice came out and said, 'Why don't you just go ahead and make it an island?' So we did".

A beloved Hoosier and world-renowned golf architect Pete Dye has died at 94.

The next year, his wife sent out a rendition of the course with hopes they might get more work.

Photo courtesy French Lick Resort blog The original napkin Pete Dye used to sketch his course layout on during a lunch at the Villager restaurant in French Lick.

A Pete Dye lesson typically has a nickname that is "paint-a-bolical".

He earned a number of industry honors, including the Old Tom Morris Award in 2003 from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the PGA Distinguished Service Award in 2004 and the PGA Tour's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

"Palm holes to see", Sheehan said. "But don't you think crossing a creek 13 times in nine holes is just a little too much?'" Dye loved to construct courses and holes that visually challenged players at all levels from the rabbit to the best in the game. That led to him bringing Dye to Ann Arbor to build the university's golf course.

Notable quote: "Life is not fair, so why should I make a golf course that is fair?" I had so many good experiences with him, I learnt a lot from him and he was clearly a very smart man. "And boy you knew it was going to be tough".

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