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ASGCA Fellow
United States
Florida, Indiana, South Carolina, Tennessee

Rollins College; Stetson College; Purdue University,Honorary Doctorates

North America

3247 Polo Dr.
Delray Beach, FL 33483

Some consider Pete Dye to be the most famous golf architect alive today, with a reputation of being a creative genius and one of the most imaginative course designers in the world. Pete came about his career naturally, as his father designed and built a nine–hole golf course on his mother's farm in Urbana, Ohio, and Pete grew up playing and working on this course. Pete served in the 82nd Airborne Infantry of the United States after high school. Upon his discharge, he attended Rollins College, where he met his future wife Alice, and then enrolled in law school at Stetson University. From there, Pete became a star salesman for The Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company. During this time, Pete was also pursuing a golf career. He won the 1958 Indiana State Amateur Championship, the Indianapolis District Championship, and played in the 1957 United States Open, where he finished ahead of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Though a champion golfer, Pete's true interests were in the design and maintenance of golf courses, so he left the insurance business to design and build courses. Supported and accompanied by his wife, Pete built a nine–hole course called El Dorado, now titled Royal Oak Country Club, and an 18–hole course, Heather Hills, now named Maple Creek Country Club. Pete's subsequent designs were impacted by a 1963 trip to Scotland. Touring Scottish courses, Pete was influenced by their features, and he began to incorporate such concepts into his own designs. Pete's contributions to and understanding of the game of golf are evident in the impact his style has had on architecture for nearly three decades. Besides being unique and incomparable, his designs are also environmentally friendly. The turf sessions Pete attended under Dr. William Daniel fostered his interest in course maintenance, and today his projects feature his drainage and irrigation designs and wetlands areas, which help recycle and purify water.

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