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Golf course architect Pete Dye dies

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Renowned golf course architect Pete Dye is dead at 94	
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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. His golf courses often were described as "dye-abolical" because of the punishment they could inflict on a bad shot. "In the end, Pete's way usually turned out to be the right way".

"He was an icon when it comes to golf course design", said Brandt Snedeker, who won at Harbour Town in Hilton Head, South Carolina. "He changed the way we think about golf course design, and how design works".

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

Backed by the millions of Herb Kohler, Pete Dye paid homage to the links courses of the British Isles by mapping out Whistling Straits, a striking course that is breathtaking in its scope, qualities that have been showcased through the PGA Championship in 2004, 2010 and 2015, with even more eyes to come in 2020 at the Ryder Cup. 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. "The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody put a flag on top", he once said.

Four years later, the Dyes made their first mark with Crooked Stick Golf Club in IN, host of the 1991 PGA Championship won by John Daly and annually regarded as one of the top 100 courses in the United States. "In the midst of all his accomplishments and awards, he was a humble guy who loved his family and the game of golf". Alice died in February 2019 at age 91.

The next year, his wife sent out a rendition of the course with hopes they might get more work. Alice Dye had won the North & South and knew Tufts. Sketches such as this were typical for Dye when visualizing courses.

Dye's courses have hosted many major leagues and can be found all over the world.

Pete Dye's eponymous course at Indiana's French Lick Resort was a late example of his style, famously sketched on a napkin, a vision that was transformed into a scenic and elevated layout.

Located in the Dominican Republic, Teeth of the Dog is revered as the best golf course in the Caribbean, a visual masterpiece, spectacularly running alongside the ocean, with seven holes hugging the coastline. That led to him bringing Dye to Ann Arbor to build the university's golf course. We have lost two wonderful people. While it is overshadowed by numerous designs featured above, regular viewers of televised golf will recognise the course for having been host to the WGC Match Play since 2016.

"If you were going to play well around his places, you couldn't fake it", he said. His footprint was at all of his places, undeniably and not a lot of designers can say that. It is sad to lose someone who meant so much to not just the game of golf but to so many of its players as well.

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