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An American golf champion and golf course designer, Alice Dye was known as the "First Lady" of golf architecture in the United States. Accomplishments credited to her name include: designing some of the country's most acclaimed courses with her husband Pete, winning at least 50 amateur golf titles, and being the first woman member and President of ASGCA and to serve as the first women independent director of the PGA of America. Alice was born in Indianapolis and began playing golf at a young age. At Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, Alice was captain of the golf team.
In 1948, Alice graduated with honors from college, earning a B.S. degree. Two years later, she married Pete Dye, whom she had met at college. They had two sons, Perry and P.B., who are both golf course architects and ASGCA members.
A leader in golf administration, Alice served on the USGA Women's Committee and USGA Handicap Committee, the LPGA Advisory Council and on the Board of the Women's western Golf Association. Alice joined with Pete in the design and construction of their first course, El Dorado, now called Dyes Walk, in Indianapolis. She then continued as co–designer for such famous courses as PGA West in La Quinta, California; Harbour Town Golf Links and Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; and Teeth of the Dog in La Romana, Dominican Republic.
Over the years, Alice received numerous awards and honors, including inductions into the Indiana Hall of Fame, Florida State Golf Association Hall of Fame, The Heritage of Indianapolis Award, the Don Rossi Award for Lifetime Contributions to Golf, the Women's Western Golf Association's Woman of Distinction Award, and the PGA of America's 2004 First Lady of Golf Award. Even with these countless accomplishments, one of Alice Dye's most fulfilling achievements was leading a campaign to make golf courses more manageable for women. She developed a chart and video suggesting yardages and positions for a "Two Tee System for Women." Alice also collaborated on the book From Birdies to Bunkers: Discover How Golf Can Bring Love, Humor and Success into Your Life.
Alice Dye passed away on Feb. 1, 2019, at age 91.
The TPC at Sawgrass
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Crooked Stick Golf Club
Whistling Straits Golf Club
Palm Springs, California
The Ocean Course
Kiawah Island, South Carolina