A seemingly ageless designer with one of the most remarkable portfolio’s in the game, Pete Dye is a legend of golf architecture who will be remembered as one of the most influential designers of all time. His style of design, provocative and deliberately different from that of Robert Trent Jones, is unique and has been modified over the years – from the softer, subtle shapes of his earlier creations like The Golf Club and Crooked Stick (original version) to the wild, crazed dunes and hazards of later courses like Whistling Straits, Kiawah Ocean, French Lick and TPC Sawgrass.
Dye was really a one-man golf course design show. He built much of his courses himself, routed and planed the majority without maps or detailed drawings and was unafraid to take risks and confront owners to get what he wants. Throughout his career, Dye has been most suited to daring clients, or those with generous construction budgets.
Although somewhat still active in design, Pete Dye is now in his 90s and in failing health. He seems unlikely to develop many more golf courses, but his legacy will live on in the Pete Dye design name/stamp as well as the many copy-cat designers that exist in the industry.
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