Perry Dye

Full Name
Perry O’Neal Dye
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Place Born
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Place Died
Denver, Colorado, USA

"Working for my father when I was thirteen, I was directed to clean out a wet well intake structure. Since I could fit into it, I had to crawl up inside the pipe and drag out the mud bucket by bucket. Someone came along and asked my father why I was cleaning out the pipe. “It might be dangerous, and Perry can't sue me 'cause he's my son,” my father answered." Perry Dye

Pete Dye and Alice Dye first met whilst studying at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. They then married in 1950 and moved to Indianapolis, Alice’s hometown, where they raised two sons, Perry and Paul Burke Dye. Pete quit his successful career in insurance to concentrate on golf course design and, once the children were a little older, Alice followed him into what eventually became one of golf’s best known design companies.

In The Golf Course by Geoff Cornish and Ron Whitten, the authors state that Perry “first accompanied his golf architect parents to course construction sites at age 12. While still a teenager, he absorbed enough knowledge to be heavily involved in the initial routing of the first course at John’s Island, Florida.

While at college, he served as project manager for a number of his father’s designs, including Harbour Trees near Indianapolis. After graduating from the University of Denver with a degree in Real Estate Marketing, Perry left the family business to pursue a career in housing development and construction.

The recession of the late 1970s caused him to abandon his plans and he rejoined his father in the course design business. In 1982, Perry formed his own course design company, Dye design Inc. Based in Colorado, and later in Arizona, the firm concentrated on real estate development courses.”

His most notable golfing credits in the 1980s were his efforts at Plum Creek Golf Club in Castle Rock, Colorado, Red Mountain Ranch Country Club in Mesa, Arizona and The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Sana Fe, California, all of which were designed in collaboration with his father, Pete Dye.

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Perry Dye

Black Pearl at Pristine Bay

1st Honduras Ranking 14th Central & South America Ranking

Opened in 2010 and designed by Perry Dye, the Black Pearl course at Roatan’s Pristine Bay Resort has stratospherically raised the Honduran golfing bar with its rolling oceanside routing and a signature island green.


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Domaine Imperial

1st Switzerland Ranking 72nd Continental Europe Ranking

Pete Dye courses in Europe are very scarce but Domaine Impérial Golf Club is one such rarity and it is one of a select few that were created on the continent by the acclaimed architect and his sons in the late 1980s.


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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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Khao Kheow (A & B)

43rd Central Thailand - Best in Area

The 27-hole facility at Khao Kheow Country Club was laid out by Perry Dye in 1992, with golfers experiencing agreeable elevation changes throughout the round. Designed as a championship test, the first eighteen holes underwent an extensive renovation in 2013.

Klagenfurt - Seltenheim

23rd Austria Ranking

The province of Carinthia borders Italy and Slovenia and, not far from lake Wörthersee, is one of the country's leading courses - Klagenfurt-Seltenheim.


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La Reunion Antigua - Fuego Maya [NLE]

Opened for play in 2009, the Fuego Maya golf course at La Reunion Antigua Golf Resort in Guatemala was a dazzling Perry Dye layout, one of several layouts that Pete Dye's son has built in Central America, but sadly it was destroyed in a volcanic eruption in June 2018.


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Laguna National (Masters)

6th Singapore Ranking

Despite some efforts to build in some Scottish mounding, the Masters Course at Laguna National Golf & Country Club is a thoroughly modern, American style course.


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Las Vegas Paiute (The Wolf)

15th Nevada - Best in Area

The Wolf course at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort is the longest of the three courses at the 54-hole complex. Being a Pete Dye creation (in collaboration with Perry and Cynthia), it wouldn’t be complete without an island green at the 182-yard 15th.


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Lykia Links

5th Turkey Ranking

The Links course lies within the sprawling Lykia Estate in Turkey’s Antalya region and it’s yet another in a line of fabulous 18-hole layouts to emerge from the Belek tourist area...


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Münchener (B & C)

25th South East Germany - Best in Area 90th Germany Ranking

Münchener Golf Club dates back to 1910 but its current 27-hole golf facility is relatively modern. Eighteen Bernhard von Limburger holes were unveiled in 1964 and Kurt Rossknecht added another nine in 1996 before Perry Dye carried out a complete remodel a decade later.


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Perry Dye Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Steve Starika Courses Played 11
2 David Harak Courses Played 8
3 M. James Ward Courses Played 7
4 Helmut Baeck Courses Played 5
= Bill Vostniak Courses Played 5
= David Leigh Courses Played 5
= Walter Resch Courses Played 5
= D. Stevenson Courses Played 5
= stewart Courses Played 5
10 Morais Miranda Courses Played 4