Famend Golf Course Architect Pete Dye Traces His Design Roots to Indiana

Any listing of the very best golf programs in America all the time contains programs like Harbour City at Hilton Head and the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, each in South Carolina, TPC Sawgrass in Florida, and Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. What all of those world-class golf programs have in widespread is their designer, World Golf Corridor of Fame course architect Pete Dye. Lengthy earlier than he constructed any of these different programs, he created his first actual masterpiece in Carmel, Indiana with Crooked Stick Golf Membership. And though it is Pete that normally will get the headlines and accolades (or, at occasions, the criticisms), a lot of his extra well-known designs have been in collaboration together with his spouse, Alice.”It was a partnership from the very beginning,” Alice explains about her and Pete’s design course of and division of labor. “We laid out the holes and we talked about it together. We had a dining room table and we’d cut strips of paper and laid them out on the map and talked about the best arrangement.” In reality, it was Alice’s thought to make the inexperienced on the par three 17th gap at TPC Sawgrass an ‘island’, creating one of the vital iconic golf holes on this planet.

Alice brings a wealth of golf data to the partnership by the use of being a extremely achieved novice golfer, successful a number of Indiana state titles. Her contribution to the method did not cease on the eating room desk, although. In hanging within the Indiana Golf Affiliation places of work in Franklin, IN, Alice is seen – circa 1960 – on the controls of a bulldozer, transferring grime to create their first course, El Dorado Nation Membership in Greenwood, Indiana (a course now often known as Dye’s Stroll).After El Dorado, Pete and Alice designed one other 10 or so programs earlier than they tackled Crooked Stick. However ‘the Stick’ was the primary by which that they had a hand in each facet of the event. They discovered the land, raised the cash to purchase it, designed the format and accomplished the development. Maybe that is the explanation the Dye’s nonetheless keep a residence alongside Crooked Stick’s 18th fairway.Along with Crooked Stick, Indiana options one other two dozen Dye designs, giving the state the best focus of Pete Dye programs in America. Seven of these programs comprise the Pete Dye Golf Path. Designed to advertise golf and trip tourism in Indiana, the path is made up of Mystic Hills GC in Culver, The Kampen Course on the Birck Boilermaker Golf Advanced in West LaFayette, Plum Creek GC in Carmel, The Fort in Indianapolis, Maple Creek in Indianapolis (his first 18-hole design), Brickyard Crossing on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis and The Pete Dye Course on the French Lick Resort in French Lick.

By tons of of programs and actually hundreds of holes, the Dye’s nonetheless hint their beginnings to Central Indiana. The very first gap Pete designed is now the 10th gap at Dye’s Stroll in Greenwood, the place the tee sits subsequent to a small cemetery. Requested right this moment if beginning a golf course proper subsequent to a burial floor gave him pause, Pete Dye responds, “I’ve built more golf courses around cemeteries – I think they haunt me”.