Dye, Pete

Dye, Pete (Paul Dye), 1925–, American golf course architect, often regarded as the father of modern golf course architecture, b. Urbana, Ohio. He was a successful amateur golfer and an insurance salesman before deciding to become a golf course architect in his mid-30s. He and his wife, Alice Dye, created their first 18-hole course in 1962 and are the designers of over 100 public and private courses, including Whistling Straits, Haven, Wis., host of several PGA Championships, and TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., site of the annual Players Championship. On a 1963 trip to Scotland, Dye was influenced by the small greens, pot bunkers, and undulating fairways of the links courses. His designs also incorporate environmentally friendly drainage and irrigation systems.

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