The Dye Top 12

 

 

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Pete Dye & Jack Nicklaus // 1969

HARBOUR TOWN GOLF LINKS


Pete has designed well over 2,000 golf holes in his extraordinary career, but it’s safe to say that the final hole at Harbour Town Golf Links, at the southern terminus of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, is among the two or three most recognizable in the Dye oeuvre...

 

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Pete & Alice Dye // 1982

TPC SAWGRASS -
STADIUM COURSE


Deane Beman was the first Hall of Famer to swat a ball at what was to become the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, just south of Jacksonville.  On February 12th 1978, the then-PGA Tour commissioner hit a ceremonial drive into 415 acres of wooded wetlands and swamps, filled with creatures both snuffling and slithering. It was part ceremonial, part celebratory--the Tour had just purchased the morass for a single dollar bill...

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Pete & Alice Dye // 1991

THE OCEAN COURSE


For the visiting golfer, Charleston, South Carolina’s reputation rests on Kiawah Island.  And Kiawah’s golf reputation goes no further than the seminal Ocean Course, wild and windswept, a harrowing ground on the island’s easternmost end...

 

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Pete & Alice Dye // 1967

THE GOLF CLUB


A great golf course stands on its own merits, but a colorful, hard-to-forget name never hurts.  Pete Dye has designed courses which were christened with some of the most memorable names in the game. Among others, there’s Whistling Straits, the Honors Course, Crooked Stick, Firethorn, and perhaps the greatest name in golf-dom: Teeth of the Dog...

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Pete Dye // 1976

OAK TREE GOLF CLUB


Once upon a time, in any type of all-star, club-versus-club competition, Oklahoma’s Oak Tree Golf Club would have been a prohibitive favorite against pretty much any other private golf club in the world.  But that was before PGA Tour pros began descending en masse to Orlando, congregating at posh enclaves like Isleworth and Lake Nona...

 

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Pete Dye // 1986

PGA WEST -
STADIUM COURSE


Pete Dye would probably be the first to admit that, despite winning the base golf championship, his military career was mostly undistinguished.  But any decent soldier learns to follow orders.  Developers Ernie Vossler and Joe Walser told Pete they wanted “the hardest damn golf course in the world.  We want a golf course so hard that people in Japan, who have never been here, will complain about how hard it is.”...

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Pete Dye // 1970

TEETH OF THE DOG


Pete Dye’s first-ever island creation remains the standard by which the others are judged. And some fifty years after the Casa de Campo resort opened, with high-end golf proliferating not just at the other islands but throughout the Dominican Republic itself, Teeth of the Dog, so named because the jagged coral rocks that buttress its seaside tees resemble canine canines, remains the standard upon which all others are judged...

 

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Pete Dye // 1988

BLACKWOLF RUN


When plumbing magnate Herb Kohler had the seemingly head-scratching idea to create a resort experience outside of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the golf component wasn’t his first priority. Pete Dye came into the picture as Kohler continued to add amenities to what was becoming, in piecemeal fashion, an unlikely resort complex in the factory Village of Kohler, an hour north of Milwaukee...

 

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Pete Dye // 1998

WHISTLING STRAITS


Plumbing magnate Herb Kohler wanted to expand the already-brisk golf business at his popular resort, Destination Kohler, near Sheboygan, about an hour-and-change from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He had 36 holes on the resort proper, but then found 560 lakeside acres about ten miles northeast of the resort itself.  The land was a former army base that had operated as an anti-aircraft weapons firing range during World War II...

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Pete & P.B. Dye // 1983

THE HONORS COURSE


In more than fifty years as a course designer, in steady demand all over the hemisphere and beyond, Pete Dye has worked on, inspected and examined untold hundreds of land parcels.  But it’s doubtful he ever encountered a more inviting piece of raw property than the 460-acre wooded valley that eventually became the Honors Course...

 

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Pete Dye // 1993

PETE DYE GOLF CLUB


There’s a two word descriptive that adorns West Virginia license plates.  It refers ostensibly to the natural beauty of the landscape, but is equally applicable to the finest golf course in the state.  Because just like West Virginia itself, the Pete Dye Golf Club is also Wild, Wonderful...

 

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Pete Dye // 1998

BULLE ROCK GOLF CLUB


The hint is the horseshoes.  Bulle Rock Golf Club is so magnificent in scope, pleasing to the eye, and engaging in the actual playing, it’s quite easy to overlook the understated but elegant tee markers—blue, white, red, etc., delineating the teeing grounds.  But the fact is, the markers are actual equine footwear, that proverbial good luck charm.  And their importance goes beyond the fact that it’s fortunate golfers indeed enjoying this former horse farm--turned destination golf course on a sweeping, thousand-acre property...

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