Paul B. “Pete” Dye is a world renowned golf course architect who is considered to be one of the most influential designers of the modern era. After building a few courses in the Midwest in the early 1960’s he and his wife, Alice, traveled to Scotland in 1963 and spent a month studying and playing many of the world’s classic layouts. What he took away changed the shape of golf design in the latter part of the 20th century – bunkers of all shapes and sizes, including small pot bunkers and large irregular shaped waste bunkers, railroad ties as architectural features, unmanicured rough and a general orientation to a more strategic approach to the game. With his Scottish epiphany, Dye built some of the most transformative golf courses in the world, adapting his designs to incorporate the design features of great Scottish courses to modern golf course architecture. His design style is evident on every hole at “The River” where each shot is more about strategy than a reliance on brute force.
His honors include the recipient of the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award, an induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, the Old Tom Morris Award and the ASGCA Donald Ross Award among others.
His resume of designs includes Crooked Stick Golf Club, TPC Stadium Course at Sawgrass, Whistling Straits, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, Blackwolf Run, PGA West, Harbour Town Golf Links and of course, The Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech. With more than 100 courses to his credit, many of which have hosted numerous PGA TOUR and LPGA events, major championships, a Ryder Cup and a Solheim Cup.
Pete was born on December 29th, 1925 to Paul & Elizabeth Dye of Urbana, Ohio. Pete is now in his 80’s and continues to design and build some of the world’s most challenging golf courses. He resides in Carmel, Indiana with his wife – Alice. Together they have two children – Perry and P.B. Dye.