Alice Dye

Full Name
Alice Dye (nee Alice Holliday O’Neal)
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Year of Birth
1927
Year of Death
2019 (aged 91)
Place Born
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Place Died
Gulf Stream, Florida, USA

Alice was a very good amateur golfer (she won nine Indiana Women’s Amateur titles and two US Senior Women’s Amateur Championships and was also a member of the 1970 Curtis Cup team) and her competitive female viewpoint certainly loomed large in her husband Pete’s design decisions.

Alice Dye, born Alice Holliday O’Neal in Indianapolis, left Shortridge High School to study at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she first met her future husband. She then graduated with a Batchelor of Science degree in Zoology in 1948 before marrying Pete Dye a couple of years later then moving back to her home city with him.

Alice was a very good amateur golfer (she would win nine Indiana Women’s Amateur titles, eleven Indianapolis City Championships and two US Senior Women’s Amateur Championships and was also a member of the 1970 Curtis Cup team) and her competitive female viewpoint certainly loomed large in her husband Pete’s design decisions.

The Dyes raised two sons, Perry Dye and Paul Burke Dye (they would become partners in the family business later in their lives) and both parents established successful careers in the insurance industry – Alice with Connecticut Mutual and Pete as a salesman for his father’s firm, Northwestern Mutual.

Keith Cutten takes up the story in his book The Evolution of Golf Course Design:

“Although still highly competitive in golf, Dye decided to leave insurance and become a golf course designer. Even though he was aged in his mid-thirties and had a young family to support, Pete made the move. Alice, a fantastic amateur golfer in her own right, supported the career change and partnered him in the new venture.

In 1961, the couple visited and talked to noted golf course architect Bill Diddel, who lived nearby. He did his best to warn them about the economic uncertainties of the industry; but the Dyes persisted anyway.”

Two years later, Alice joined Pete when he played in The ...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Alice Dye

Austin Country Club

15th Texas - Best in Area

Founded in 1899, Austin Country Club moved to its current Davenport Ranch location in 1984 when Pete and Alice Dye laid out the golf course on a site where the opening seven fairways lie close to Lake Austin...

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Brickyard Crossing

8th Indiana - Best in Area

One of a select number of golf courses to host PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour events, Brickyard Crossing has four of its fairways (at holes 7 to 10) located inside the oval of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track.

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Crooked Stick

2nd Indiana - Best in Area

Crooked Stick Golf Club was one of Pete Dye’s first golf course commissions and it was constructed the year after he had spent some time in Scotland playing many of the traditional links...

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Firethorn (North & South)

6th Nebraska - Best in Area

The North and South nines form the premier 18-hole course at Firethorn Golf Club’s 27-hole facility. Built by Pete Dye, the old master described holes 11 to 14 as ”the best consecutive four holes I’ve ever designed”.

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French Lick (Pete Dye)

5th Indiana - Best in Area

The Pete Dye layout at French Lick opened for play at a reputed cost of $28m in 2009. The golf course occupies a difficult site that required 2.5 million cubic yards of earth to be moved during construction.

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Full Cry at Keswick Hall

7th Virginia - Best in Area

Keswick Hall Golf Club is set in the heart of Virginia’s Hunt Country and the club’s new Pete and Alice Dye-designed “Full Cry” course is laid out over a 1990s Arnold Palmer layout. Beware of the hounds!

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Gasparilla Inn

62nd Florida - Best in Area

The Pete and Alice Dye-designed championship layout at the historic old Gasparilla Inn & Club is very much an island course on its own private island.

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Gulf Stream

65th Florida - Best in Area

The 1923 Donald Ross-designed course at the Gulf Stream Golf Club is located on the Atlantic coast to the north of Delray Beach. In a Seminole style, the property has a central ridge that Ross once more utilised to good effect.

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