Social media is a buzz with condolences and prayers for Pete Dye’s family. As an avid golfer, most would be surprised that I have shown very little interest in golf course architecture. It has never interested my golfing thoughts and as such I have pretty much left this area of discussion to those who have more knowledge. Having said that, I would be remiss to not mention the passing of one of the greatest golf course architects in the modern era.
Pete Dye designed or co-designed well over 100 golf courses world wide. For a complete list check out this site called DYE DESIGNS. That is an amazing contribution to the golfing world. What an impact for sure; I cannot imagine how he manage all those projects over the years, yet he did.
Mr. Dye was also very accomplished. He was recognized by virtually everyone associated with golf course design. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia outlining some of his rewards:
Dye received the Old Tom Morris Award in 2003 from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, their highest honor. In 2004, he was the recipient of the PGA Distinguished Service Award, the highest annual honor of the PGA of America, which recognizes individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf. In 2005, Dye became the sixth recipient of the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in November 2008 in the Lifetime Achievement category. The American Society of Golf Course Architects bestowed the Donald Ross Award on Dye in 1995. Dye was named Architect of the Year by Golf World magazine, awarded a Doctor of Landscape Architecture degree from Purdue University, received Indiana’s Sagamore of the Wabash award and was honored as Family of the Year by the National Golf Foundation.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Dye
Every article I read also talked about Pete Dye the man. He was a gentlemen by all accounts. There probably is no greater compliment than being respected by the greatest golfers of the 20th Century. Mr. Dye was definitely one of those rare people that when he spoke, virtually everyone listened to his thoughts. Jack Nicklaus, the greatest golfer of all time in my opinion, had this to say:
“What Pete Dye has done for the game of golf is something for which we should all be thankful,” said Jack Nicklaus in an ESPN.com story. “He changed the way we think about golf course design, and how design works. … Because of the attention that Pete Dye-designed courses have brought to the game, there are lots of people who are now able to make a living at golf course design. Me included.”https://www.golfchannel.com/news/legendary-golf-course-architect-pete-dye-who-designs-included-tpc-sawgrass-dies
Again, I have never paid much attention to who designed the courses I play, but I think that will change in the future. Sometimes one has to play a little more attention to the details of things around them and this is one of those topics I think is worth pursuing thanks to Mr. Dye.
Rest in peace Pete Dye. You will not soon be forgotten.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!