Steve DiMeglio of “USA Today” captures the work of ASGCA Past President Pete Dye in a recent profile: “His courses are scenic and thought provoking while at the same time unnerving and, for many, diabolical considering his bountiful use of perplexing angles, deep bunkers, moguls and humps and water hazards.”
The article quote PGA Tour members on their appreciation of Dye’s work, and more than a few comments from Dye himself, who has never used blueprints for his work.
“I don’t have any plans,” he said. “I just go out there and start thinking.”
The article also quotes ASGCA President Lee Schmidt, who called Dye a mentor, maverick and the “Energizer Bunny” of golf architecture.
“He always pushes the envelope for new ways to test golfers and to make golf more fun and interesting for all. He did not follow a trend or another designer’s concept, he just designed courses his way and they have been successful for more than 60 years,” Schmidt said. “The one thing that most golfers do not realize about Pete is that he truly wants his courses to be playable. For those of us who have worked for him, he is constantly reminding us that we must give options for all levels of play.”
“I haven’t any idea why I don’t retire,” Dye said. “I just keep digging. … I’ll stop just when the man upstairs takes me.”
The entire article can be found here.