Pete Dye

Full Name
Paul Dye
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Year of Birth
1925
Place Born
Urbana, Ohio, USA

World Golf Hall of Fame – Class of 2008: Pete Dye has designed more than 100 courses in North America, the Dominican Republic, Israel, and Switzerland. “Golf is not a fair game, so why build a course fair?”

Born the son of Paul Francis (“Pink”) and Elizabeth Dye in 1925, Pete more than likely inherited his work ethic from his father who was, at various times, a politician, bar owner, insurance agent and postmaster in his hometown of Urbana in Champaign County, Ohio.

Three years before Pete was born, Pink designed and built a 6-hole course on sixty acres of farmland belonging to his wife’s family and when he got older, his son Paul (who was known as P.D. which eventually lapsed into Pete) would help out with routine maintenance while he was still a young boy.

Dye attended the Asheville School in North Carolina with his brother Andy before entering the US Army aged 18, enlisting with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. World War II ended while he was still in training, allowing him to relocate to Florida and enrol at Rollins College where he met his wife, Alice Holliday O’Neal, a junior pre-med student.

Alice was a good player who would become a great one (winning nine Indiana Women’s Amateur titles, eleven Indianapolis City Championships and a couple of US Senior Women’s Amateur Championships) and her competitive female perspective certainly played a big part in Pete’s design decisions down the years.

Pete’s golfing prowess was also rather impressive, captaining the college golf team in his youth before going on to qualify for the US Open in 1957. He won the Indiana State Amateur the following year, took part in The Amateur Championship in 1963 and participated in five US Amateurs.

The Dyes married and brought two sons, Perry Dye and Paul Burke Dye, into the world after moving to Alice’s hometown of Indianapolis in Indiana, where they were both ga...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Pete 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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Barbaroux

3rd South East France - Best in Area 23rd France Ranking

If you like variation, entertainment and interesting holes, Barbaroux is the course for you. Nobody could ever accuse it of being boring.

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Barefoot Resort (Dye)

48th South Carolina - Best in Area

Set out within a gated estate, the Dye course at the Barefoot Resort is the only semi-private layout at this fantastic four-course facility.

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Birck Boilermaker (Kampen)

16th Indiana - Best in Area

The Kampen course at the 36-hole Purdue University Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex is a Pete Dye design named in honor of Purdue supporter, Emerson Kampen, and it's one of the nation’s top collegiate courses.

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Blackwolf Run (Meadow Valleys)

12th Wisconsin - Best in Area

The 2012 US Women’s Open was held at Blackwolf Run; the Championship course comprised the back nine of the Meadow Valleys layout (featuring water on the last three holes) plus holes 1-4 and 14-18 of the River course.

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Blackwolf Run (River)

6th Wisconsin - Best in Area

The Blackwolf Run resort is named after Black Wolf, chief of the Winnebago Indians. A composite 18 holes from both the River and Meadow Valleys courses was used when the LPGA US Open was played here in 1998.

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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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Bulle Rock

6th Maryland - Best in Area

The Bulle (pronounced Bully) Rock golf course is named after the first thoroughbred horse brought to the US from England in the 18th century...

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Caesarea

1st Israel Ranking 15th Middle East Ranking

Israel has never exactly been known as a golfing hotbed but that may be about to change with the upgrading of Caesarea, one of only two courses in the country, by none other than the legendary Pete Dye.

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Casa de Campo (Dye Fore)

5th Dominican Republic Ranking 18th Caribbean Ranking

The Chavón River cuts a deep path through the Casa de Campo landscape as it tumbles down from the Dominican mountains to the coast and the Dye Fore course sits high above the flowing waters...

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