Pete Dye has done much to change the face of golf since leaving the business world in 1959 to undertake a career in golf course architecture. A fine golfer in his own right, Dye played in five U.S. Amateurs, one British Amateur, one U.S. Open as well as several other significant amateur tournaments. 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.
Born in Urbana, Ohio in 1925, Dye served in the Army in World War II. After the war he attended Rollins College in Florida, where he met his wife, Alice. After building a few courses in the Midwest in the early 60s, Dye and his wife 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 later 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.