GOLF COURSE ARCHITECT . ..
a design legend Pete Dye
Pete Dye is the son of Elizabeth Johnson Dye and Paul F. Dye. In 1927 Paul, an avid golfer, built and opened Urbana Country Club. Some years later, Pete became greens keeper, cultivating a strong interest in agronomy. During his high school years he joined the Army Air Corps and spent time doing parachute exhibitions while stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, just 90 miles from Donald Ross ”class course”, Pinehurst No.2. It was at Pinehurst that he became enamored with, and influenced by Ross’ greens designs.
After the service, Pete enrolled in Rollins College and then law school at Stetson University in Florida. From there he went to work for the Connecticut Mutual selling insurance in 1950, and became a member of the Million Dollar Round Table. His first golf Course was the El Dorado in Indianapolis in 1959.
After visiting and golfing throughout England, Scotland, and Ireland with his wife Alice, a premier amateur player and an architect in her own right, Pete returned to America to build the first of his major golf courses, The Golf Club in New Albany, Ohio and Crooked Stick in Carmel, Indiana. So impressive was Dye’s work that he was recommended to Build Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
From there, Pete’s contributions to and understanding of the game continued to be evident in his designs. Drawing from the Scottish courses with their smaller greens, undulating fairways, pot bunkers, bulk heading and unobstructed green approaches, his style has had a significant impact on architecture for nearly three decades.
He designed and built Little Turtle Golf Club’s course in the late 1960’s and early 70’s shortly after he designed The Golf Club in New Albany.
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