How Many Golf Courses Has Pete Dye Designed?

Published 12/30/2021, 8:30 AM EST


The history of a course is incomplete without one looking at the designer. Just like the tournaments played on it, the work of the designer remains invaluable. Of course, some designers like Pete Dye, who have worked on countless courses over the years, are more popular than the others.

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To many, their favorite designer is often noticeable in the course they play on, their style prominent. Over the course of history, golf has seen many legendary architects.

How many golf courses has Pete Dye designed?

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While there is no definite number, Dye has designed over 100 courses in his career. This includes both private and public courses, which will always have Dye’s touch no matter what. Often, even after a remodel, one cannot stop recognizing the first architect’s work on the course.

Dye’s courses are also known for their structure and challenging nature. Additionally, many of his courses are affordable, while also being open to the public. It often so happens that many courses are exclusive and only open to play by invitation. People have played on his courses for decades, reviewing and complimenting the architect.

Having said that, let’s take a look at some of the iconic golf courses designed by Dye.

Whistling Straits

Host of the 2020 Ryder Cup held this year, this course is no stranger to anyone. Located in Wisconsin, it opened in 1998 and has been a host to important tournaments and legendary players. This is one of Dye’s most scenic works and is a treat to play on by anyone who wants to.

The land was previously an army base, used during World War II as anti-aircraft weapons firing range.

TPC Sawgrass

TPC Sawgrass in Florida is easily another one of Dye’s most iconic golf courses. He worked with his wife Alice on this one, especially for one of its most iconic holes, the par-3 17th. Additionally, TPC Sawgrass has gained popularity over the years for hosting the Players Championship.

Crooked Stick

While not as famous as Whistling Straits, this course is best remembered for John Daly’s forever iconic 1991 PGA Championship victory. It is also one of his older projects.

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Harbour Town, Kiawah Island, and the Mystic Hills golf course are a few other iconic courses by this legend.

Interestingly, the last course designed by him and Alice- The Dye London will be opening in 2024. It will now be known as the Legacy Club, which will honor its designer.

What do you think of Dye’s work? Which one is your favorite?

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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