Posts Tagged ‘Pete Dye’

Golf Architects/Designers: Cynthia Dye McGarey

Aug 15th

Cynthia Dye was born in Urbana, Ohio and grew up learning the fundamentals of traditional golf course design from her father, golf course architect Roy Anderson Dye, and her uncle, golf course architect Pete Dye. When she was young she would go to the Dye office after school to color maps and hand draw golf course layouts.

Cynthia began her career in Phoenix, Arizona designing landscapes for commercial and residential buildings. In 1988 she became a full–time consultant for the family business and for close to 11 years worked as a design consultant around the world. In 2001 Cynthia started her own golf course design company, Dye Designs Group, in order to implement her own signature version of the family design philosophy. She believes seeing one of her ideas on paper develop into a physical golf course is one of the most gratifying experiences she has had.

Cynthia’s design philosophy is to enhance golf course architecture and strategy through sound design principles. She aims to work with her clients to provide the most cost–effective and environmentally sensitive design. Her mission is to promote and serve the game of golf.

Marking Cynthia Dye’s first course design in Europe, the new course will form part of the Falesia D’El Rey Resort, which lies around 50 miles, or an hour’s drive, north of Lisbon.

The project has been on the table for some 15 years, but a change of ownership and the need for sensitive planning and permitting has caused a delay in work getting underway.  But wait, there’s more…

Casa de Campo Resort (Teeth of the Dog), Dominican Republic

Aug 29th

Built on land described by designer Pete Dye as the greatest piece of earth he’d ever seen, the Teeth of the Dog golf course is the showpiece of Casa de Campo, a 7,000-acre resort and housing estate built on the southern coral coast of the Dominican Republic. Opening in the early 1970’s Teeth of the Dog has become the Caribbean’s most popular golf destination, thanks largely to the long stretch of magnificent coastline it occupies and Dye’s three extraordinary short holes built right on the edge of the Caribbean Sea.

Casa de Campo Resort (Teeth of the Dog), Dominican Republic

‘Almost by accident, I saw before me the most beautiful seaside location for a golf course, little did I realize that my wonderful discovery would be the start of a lifelong devotion to this Caribbean country and its warm, gracious people.’ Pete Dye on Teeth of the Dog.

Constructed entirely by hand using local laborers, building the course may have been an arduous process but Dye claims the design was relatively simple as ‘God made seven holes’ and he only had to come up with another eleven. Exposed to constant, variable winds and in many ways an archetypal modern resort course, the layout Dye devised does have a classic routing with holes set out in a clockwise and anti-clockwise loop on either side of a central clubhouse. The seven holes that occupy the prime coastal land grab most headlines, although inland there is a healthy smattering of strategic risk-reward options and some very interesting golf holes mostly defended by heavy-lipped bunkers flanking fast, slightly raised greens.  But wait, there’s more…

Golf Books #214 (Bury Me In A Pot Bunker…)

Dec 22nd

51kaLbyypNL…Design Philosophies, Creative Insights and Playing Tips to Improve Your Score from the World’s Most Challenging Golf Course Architect

Packed with inside information about how World Golf Hall of Famer Pete Dye hoodwinks golfers of all skill levels, Bury Me In A Pot Bunker presents valuable tips to strategically play Dye’s courses and any courses through understanding the architect’s bedeviling mindset.

Also included are Pete’s design philosophies as well as humorous “Dye-isms” chronicling Dye’s remarkable career. “Most Pete Dye courses are mental challenges more than physical.” – Rory Mcllroy “The way Pete gets on a property and feels it is pretty impressive. His courses built for tournaments are hard, but there’s a good reason behind everything. We’ve talked for hours.

To get his opinion has been invaluable.” – Tiger Woods “No other [golf course] designer continues to re-invent his architecture the way Pete Dye does.” – Ron Whitten -Golf Digest “Pete Dye – the most loved, hated, and imitated golf-course architect of the past fifty years.” – PGA Magazine “[Pete Dye’s] self-effacing, aw-shucks approach to the game belies an artistry that reached into golf’s past and made it relevant for the future. But wait, there’s more…

Fuego Maya Golf Course, Guatemala

Aug 3rd

The Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion Resort was carved out of the base of an active volcano, appropriately named Fuego, which means fire in Spanish. This 18-hole course was Pete and Perry Dye first venture in Central America. Golfers who play Fuego Maya will need to have some level of ability. The course is fair but difficult. It rewards great shots and in some cases penalizes mediocre shots.

Fuego Maya Golf Course

Every hole on this course is stunning. From the practice green to the first tee, there’s the Fuego volcano highly visible from every corner and three other volcanoes surrounding the resort. On a clear day, you can even see the Pacific Ocean some 50 miles away.  But wait, there’s more…

Whistling Straits (Straits Course), USA

Oct 20th

Whistling Straits was the brainchild of business magnate Herbert V. Kohler Jr, who in 1995 purchased a 560-acre parcel of land along the western shores of Lake Michigan that had previously been earmarked for a nuclear power plant. Apparently inspired by the big links of Ireland, Kohler recognized the potential in the site for great golf and employed renowned architect Pete Dye to collaborate on a 36-hole complex. In a few short years Whistling Straits has grown to rival Pebble Beach and Pinehurst as America’s favored golf retreat, with its Straits Course rightly recognized as the property’s prized asset.

“Pete Dye has always made the most of the glorious possibilities that the land affords. He is nature’s best collaborator and this time, he has truly outdone himself.” Herbert V. Kohler

While the Irish Course was built away from the lake, Straits occupies a two-mile stretch of land along its shoreline, and enjoys almost-constant views of the water. Aside from a spectacular setting, Dye was also blessed with a generous budget and a client who allowed him to shift staggering amounts of sand during construction. Close to a million cubic yards of material was brought onto the site to create a series of towering dunes, while substantial quantities were also scraped away from the cliff areas to build ledges and allow holes to get as close to the water as possible.  But wait, there´s more…

Caesarea Golf Course, Israel

Aug 4th

Originally designed in 1961 by Fred Smith and Herman Barron Caesarea Golf Course passes through ancient Roman imperial ruins.  In May 2009 the club completed an extensive upgrading and redesign of the nearly 50-year-old course by the American golf course architect Pete Dye to to meet and exceed the highest international standards.

Caesarea Golf Course, Israel

The Dye design is spectacular, spacious and welcoming. Strategy on this links style design plays a major role in scoring well.With 7,163 yards ( 6,512 metres) long off the tips but can be played from four sets of tees all the way up to a more welcoming 5,266 yards ( 4,787 metres). Whereas the 1961 course had no water features, the new layout has two holes where water comes into play.  But wait, there’s more…

Golf Books #147 (Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects…)

Jun 26th

…The Creation of the World’s Greatest Golf Courses in the Words and Images of History’s Master Designers)

The tests a golfer faces on the course are the direct result of the challenges originally faced by the golf course architect, whether they’re complicated terrain, forces of nature, budget limitations, demanding developers, or the difficult task of balancing the practical scientific needs of a golf course with the architect’s creative instincts.

Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects offers readers behind-the-scenes tales from America’s master architects themselves in their own words. Elite designers such as Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Rees Jones, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Arthur Hills, Arnold Palmer, and others share their personal anecdotes related to the creation of some of the world’s most famous courses: from run-ins with snakes to bulldozers sinking in quicksand, to holes created by accident, such as the famed island green seventeenth at the TPC at Sawgrass.  But wait, there´s more…

Golf Architects/Designers: Marco Croze

Oct 31st

Marco Croze is considered Italy’s most diligent golf architect and one of the best European golf designers, born in in Venice in 1940 within a prestigious family filled with love for golf. As a child, thanks to his father, the President of the historic Venice Golf Club, he discovered his great passion for the green, and grew up in the heart of Venice, Piazza San Marco, where the family owns, since 1846, the Missiaglia Jewellery Shop, the most ancient and famous in the city. He graduated at the University of Venezia with a degree in architecture in 1965, at the beginning of his career; he had as teachers and masters two great architects in golf history: the English architect John D. Harris, whom he represented in Italy, and Pete Dye. He joined them both in realizing important projects.

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Golf Architects/Designers: Bobby Weed

Aug 22nd

Bobby Weed was born in April 13, 1955 in Irmo, South Carolina, USA. His parents were Robert C. and Margie Johnson Weed. Robert Sr. worked in construction, but his grandparents were farmers. The Weed family farm was large, and some of the land was sold to a developer who built the Coldstream Country Club. Bobby learned to play golf when he was ten, and while a teenager, convinced his father to allow him to use a family soybean field near the golf course to build a Driving range because the club didn’t have one. Bobby did much of the work himself. Thirty years later, the Weed family still owned it.

In the university he played and baseball and graduated with the class of 1973 at Irmo High School. Weed played on the school’s golf team while attending Presbyterian College, then transferred to Lake City Community College in north Florida, where he enrolled in the Golf Course Operations and Landscape Technology program, recognized as one of the finest in existence. While working a summer golf internship at an Amelia Island Plantation course, Weed was introduced to golf architect Pete Dye, the most notable golf architect in the second half of the twentieth century, who was revising the Amelia Links course. After graduating in 1977, Weed returned to Amelia as assistant superintendent. He was invited to join Dye’s crew in 1980 at Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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Golf Architects/Designers: Alice Dye

Mar 29th

Alice Dye was born in Indianapolis, USA, in 1927; she is an American golf champion and golf course designer. Known as the “First Lady” of golf architecture in the United States, she began to play golf at a young age, winning eleven Indianapolis Women’s City titles. In 1946 she won the first of her nine Indiana Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championships. While a student at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, she was captain of the golf team. During this period she met Paul “Pete” Dye who later became a legendary name in the field of golf course design and construction and that is considered in many circles to be one of the most influential golf course architects of the last five decades.

Involved in the game of golf most of her life, Alice Dye is best known as a leader, a champion and a golf architect.  As a golf player she has won 50 Amateur Championships, including nine State Championships in Indiana, three State Championships in Florida, the Women’s North and South, the Eastern, and was a member of the 1970 Curtis Cup Team.  As a senior, Alice won two USGA Senior and two Canadian Senior tournaments, as well as five Women’s Western Senior tournaments.  She also won a gold medal in golf at the Senior Olympics.

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