Today marks the 86th birthday of one of golf’s greatest and most influential designers, Pete Dye. Born on December 29th, 1925 in Urbana, Ohio, Dye has designed some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging courses for over 50 years. Both his Whistling Straights course in Haven, Wisconsin and his Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana have played host to the PGA Championship (one of the four PGA Major Championships). His design work has inspired dozens of other great designers/architects in the field, including the likes of Tom Doak and Bobby Weed.
Dye also designed what is regarded as the scariest tee shot in all of golf, the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. Located on in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, TPC Sawgrass plays host the PGA Players Championship every year. The most picturesque and widely followed hole throughout The Players, the 17th hole is a 132 yard Par 3 with an island green. Check out some of its most memorable moments.
Happy Birthday Pete!