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Author(s):Ostmeyer, Terry
Author Affiliation:Contributing Editor, Golf Course Management
Title:DyeHard: GCSAA's 2003 Old Tom Morris Award winner has done it his way
Item is a:*Professional
Source:Golf Course Management. Vol. 70, No. 12, December 2002, p. 56-67.
# of Pages:12
Publishing Information:Lawrence, KS: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Awards; Golf course architects; Personal profile; Golf course construction; Career growth; Communications; Golf course design; Costs; Equipment for play; Multiple tees; Equipment-design relationship
Subjects' Names:Dye, Pete
Abstract:Announces Pete Dye as the recepient of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) 2003 Old Tom Morris Award. Profiles golf course architect, Pete Dye. States that Dye is "nearly as much superintendent as he is architect. He's a self-described 'digger' - a designer and a builder - whose hands get soiled by Mother Earth instead of blueprint ink." Describes Dye's golf course designs (which include Harbour Town Golf Links, Crooked Stick, the TPC at Sawgrass, and more) stating that they "are routinely ranked among America's greatest venues." Explains that Dye's courses have had an effect on golf course management, stating that his designs "push maintenance to a more intensive level in some ways and yet more straightforward and efficient in others." Describes the growth of Dye's career, explaining that his ties to golf began early, as a player and a greenkeeper. States that "it was their prowess as players that led Pete and [his wife] Alice into golf course development, and it shaped their architectural style for years to come." Discusses other influences on Pete Dye's architectural style, including "old masters of design, such as Seth Raynor, Charles Blair MacDonald, Alister Mackenzie...[and] Robert Trent Jones." Describes Dye's working style, explaining that "Pete and Alice have eschewed the high-profile, corporate design scene throughout their careers" and "their office is the dining room table, whether it is in their modest home along the 18th fairway at Crooked Stick near Indianapolis or their winter quarters in Delray Beach." Explains that "Dye designs and builds his courses so that they play the most difficult from the back or championship tees. From there his famed visual effects are the most pronounced - real or otherwise." Suggests that this design strategy has earned him critics among "those players who, as Dye says, play real golf - professionals and scratch or low-handicap amateurs." States that "the other side of the coin is that most Dye courses are actually built for all golfers." Explains that Dye "presents multiple tees so players can pick the proper tee according to their ability and be challenged by the intended design from that tee." States that "although many have considered Dye a loner, he actually has worked often with others" including his wife Alice, his sons, Perry and P.B., his brother Roy, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Weed, and Tim Liddy. Discusses the role of communication in making a "husband-and-wife design team" work. Explains that Dye has no "inclinations toward retirement," stating that "he's too busy and having too much fun." Discusses Dye's stance on recent advances in equipment design and golf course conditioning, explaining that "just as he has strong opinions on where golf is headed if advances in playing equipment continue unbridled, Dye is concerned that golf course conditioning is being pushed down the same path of ruin by the speed and length required by the best players, as well as the spiraling costs to build, rebuild and maintain such conditions." Describes how Dye requests help from the GCSAA and superintendents to combat such trends.
Note:Includes sidebar "Dye seeks GCSAA help in reining in 'progress'", p. 62-63
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Ostmeyer, T. 2002. DyeHard: GCSAA's 2003 Old Tom Morris Award winner has done it his way. Golf Course Manage. 70(12):p. 56-67.
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