Legendary golf course designer Pete Dye dies, age 94

The golf world is reacting to the news that legendary golf course designer Pete Dye has died, age 94.

Dye changed the face of modern golf with his epic, extreme golf designs such as TPC Sawgrass, Whistling Straits, and Harbour Town.

Geoff Shackelford has penned a wonderful tribute on his site, “The Legacy Of Pete Dye: How He Changed Golf”;

While his work has aged in both beautiful and bizarre ways, Dye’s design legacy will never be rooted in one particular course. This, even as the impact of TPC Sawgrass and “Stadium golf” alone made him World Golf Hall of Fame worthy. Instead, the real genius of his work is almost overwhelming to contemplate. Dye put a stop to the runaway craze of 1950’s runway banality built to punish and all with so little character.

Here is a brief video summary of Pete Dye’s career including a bit on the famous island green at TPC Sawgrass.

And a few more early tributes from twitter:



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