Jason Way - Geeked On Golf visits the Purdue Kampen Golf Course

A nice article from Jason Way on his recent visit to the Kampen Golf Course at Purdue University’s Birck Boilermaker Complex in West Lafayette, Indiana. He explores how Kampen Golf Course has three purposes: A turf laboratory for Purdue, a top ten collegiate golf course and with four wetlands, a natural filter for pollutants traversing the golf course, protecting an adjacent nature preserve.

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Dye Sketch of a Strategic Par 4

Sitting at lunch in March of 1998 with Mr. Dye and Brad Klein we discussed the design of a strategic par 4 for golfers of all abilities. Pete’s sketch at the time illustrated his thoughts on how to design for the “Tiger” golfer and at the same time the average member. Funny as he referred to them as Justin Leonard and Pete Dye. Notice how the longer the tee shot the more difficult the approach angle to the green, a democratic approach to the design of this par 4. Not ideal for every par 4, as many times you want to reward the long hitter, but a fun discussion we had that day. It was also unusual for Mr. Dye to sign his sketches illustrating how strongly he felt about it.


Best of 2018: Top 25 golf course layouts in the U.S.

A great honor to place FIRST as well as have two on the list! The Fort Golf Resort, located at Fort Harrison State Park, is ranked at the top of Golf Advisor's list of the best golf course layouts in the U.S.

Golf Hole #11 at Fort Harrison Golf Course, Indianapolis, Indiana (Photo by Pete Dye Golf Trail)

Golf Hole #11 at Fort Harrison Golf Course, Indianapolis, Indiana (Photo by Pete Dye Golf Trail)

The list was determined based on reviews of publicly-accessible golf courses in 2018 from Golf Advisor users. The Fort was originally designed in the 1930s by Bill Diddle. We redesigned it as project architect for Pete Dye in 1997. 

The second golf course on the list, ranked 13th was Wintonbury Hills golf course in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Again, I was project architect for Pete Dye. What they're saying: "Pete Dye and Tim Liddy did a great job serving up a course that high handicappers can navigate and lower handicappers will still enjoy - an ideal muni situation. The long par-4 14th along the reservoir remains one of the coolest holes in New England, and the bouncy turf makes every full shot interesting." -

Best of 2018: Top 25 golf course layouts in the U.S. 

The course designs most appreciated last year according to our community of reviewers. 

Golf Hole #17 at Chatham Hills, Westfield, Indiana

An electronic watercolor of the seventeenth golf hole at Chatham Hills Golf Club in Westfield, Indiana. A new golf course designed with Pete Dye in 2017. This watercolor illustrates bunkers higher than the green surface, a unique and underused design element which adds dimension and mystery to the approach shot. This watercolor was from a photo taken by the superintendent David Hardesty.

August Newsletter

Welcome to our August newsletter. The Summer construction season is slowly coming to
 an end and the grassing of fairways, greens and tees is starting in earnest. 

Estuary Golf Course at Grey Oaks Country Club, opened this year after our remodel in 2017. Grey Oaks Golf and Country Club is one of the leading clubs in the Florida hotspot of Naples. Our work has been well received as it is now the favorite golf course of the three golf courses at Grey Oaks.

We are pleased to announce we will be working with Pete Dye on a new 18 hole golf course in  Zionsville, Indiana. It will also include a nine hole par 3 golf course and practice facility. It is our fourth project with this client, Henke Development.

We were recently hired to complete a Master Plan for Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
 in Bloomfield, Connecticut. After public meetings, the plan will outline management and construction projects for this award winning golf course over the next decade. 

Finally, we are completing construction drawings for a flood control project in
Carmel Indiana. New lakes will be added to Woodland Country Club for additional
flood storage protecting the residential area downstream from the golf course. 

Sunrise at Chatham Hills, Westfield, Indiana (photo by David Hardesty)

Sunrise at Chatham Hills, Westfield, Indiana (photo by David Hardesty)

Estuary Golf Course at Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples Florida (photo by Laurence Lambrecht)

Estuary Golf Course at Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples Florida (photo by Laurence Lambrecht)

Wintonbury Hills, Bloomfield, Connecticut

Wintonbury Hills, Bloomfield, Connecticut

Woodland Country Club, Carmel, Indiana

Woodland Country Club, Carmel, Indiana

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Sunset at The Duke's, St Andrews

A wonderful sunset photo of the 9th golf hole at The Duke's, St Andrews. We remodeled the Duke's with five new holes in 2006.  The course displays all the hallmarks of the great heath land courses of the early 1920s. With a spectacular setting above St Andrews, the championship course at The Duke's gives magnificent panoramic views over the surrounding countryside to the sea.

From Kohler's web page, "The Duke's is highly regarded as one of the finest heathland championship courses in the British Isles and a must-play course for any golfer. Its style ranks alongside the great inland challenges, which demand accuracy and inventive play as well as power golf. And with five separate tee positions at every hole, The Duke's has the flexibility and challenge to appeal to golfers at every level, with the venue being chosen to host the 2014 International European Amateur Championship, one of the four majors in the world of amateur golf."

Golf Hole #9, Craigtoun, Par 4, 417 yards

Golf Hole #9, Craigtoun, Par 4, 417 yards

Morning Photo of Heron Point, Sea Pines, South Carolina

Golf Hole #13, 157 Yards, Par 3

Golf Hole #13, 157 Yards, Par 3

As requested another sunrise photo. It is always great to see pictures of past work! In 2013, I was project architect for Pete Dye on this total remodel. This is #13, one of four holes with water guarding the green in this beautiful low country island setting. Heron Point at Sea Pines is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Golf Course. It is also One of Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play" and was South Carolina's 2015 Golf Course of the Year. The photo is courtesy of The Sea Pines Resort / Rob Tipton.

Sunrise at Ford Plantation

Continuing with the highly requested sunrise photos, this was taken a few weeks ago by Nelson Caron, the Director of Golf Course Maintenance at Ford Plantation Golf Club in Richmond Hill, Georgia. This is golf hole #13. It may look beautiful and serene, but I know several hundred alligators were on the prowl and hunting for breakfast when this shot was taken. We remodeled the golf course in 2013. It was recognized as one of the best new courses by Golf Digest in 2014.


Sunrise at Colleton - Again!

Back by popular demand. Sunrise on the Dye Course at Colleton River Club. Low country golf at it's best. Another great photo taken by Jake Williams, the golf course superintendent. We remodeled the golf course, restoring bunkers throughout the Pete Dye design. The work received an American Society of Golf Course Architects Design Excellence Recognition Award.


Alice Dye's impact on modern golf architect


PGA of America 

Alice Dye, the 2004 PGA First Lady of Golf, has often been called “the Patron Saint of the Forward Tee.”

By Bob Denney  PGA of Americ

Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | 12:23 p.m.

Alice Dye’s introduction to the game of golf was a study in dogged determination.

Born Alice Holliday O’Neal in Indianapolis, she joined group lessons at age 11 at Woodstock Golf Club under the guidance of PGA Professional Wally Nelson. She would play alone on weekday mornings when the course was almost deserted.

If she hit a wayward shot, she would drop her bag, chase after the ball, return and hit it again. Under her rules, her best nine-hole score was a 45. Those early morning experiences led to her ability to focus on every shot.

Alice was a pre-med student and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she lettered in golf and basketball. That training served her well once she married Pete Dye in 1950. While he would turn modern golf architecture on its ear, Alice became a key contributor to Dye design.

“I drew amoebas in class and they eventually became designs for golf greens,” she said.

Alice also was a tiger when it came to competition. She won 50 amateur championships, including 12 state amateur titles; led a victorious 1970 Curtis Cup Team and served as captain of the 1992 World Cup Team. She also captured two U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and two Canadian Senior Women Championships, and pocketed a gold medal in Senior Olympic Golf.

In 1983, Dye “broke the glass ceiling” by becoming the first woman member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. “That was a struggle to become the first woman of their organization,” said Dye, who went on to serve as ASGCA president from 1997-98. 

In 1999, she was named the first woman member of the PGA of America Board of Directors.

 “It was a wonderful experience,” said Dye. I was comfortable because (then PGA CEO) Jim Awtrey was such a nice person. When he asked me to serve, I didn’t think about being the first woman, but of course, I was.

“I felt at the time that it didn’t occur to the PGA about how many women players they had. The PGA and Jim Awtrey were very farsighted and had a lot of courage to invite me to come on that board.”

Alice said that she was focused on a personal mission. “I worked very hard on trying to get the Two-Tee system for women,” she said. “I was successful getting the yardage down between 5,000 and 5,200 yards. I was not successful in getting women to use two tees. To every club I visited, there was some woman who was better than the others and was worried that if the tees were changed she wouldn’t win all the prizes.”

Alice said she would be pleased if women golfers were encouraged to play from the set of tees suited for a player’s respective abilities, and that is not all playing from the same set of tees. They will enjoy it more and will play faster.”    

Perhaps the drive Alice Dye demonstrated in her golf career stemmed from parents that believed in giving a daughter every opportunity possible to succeed. Though Alice was nearly four months old, her mother, Lucy, didn’t want her to miss a historic moment.

On June 17, 1927, Lucy O’Neal held her daughter high as Charles Lindbergh flew his single-engine plane, the “Spirit of St. Louis,” over Indianapolis. Lindbergh, who made his famous transatlantic flight from New York to Paris in May of that year, had reassembled the plane for ensuing U.S. flights to promote aviation.

Lucy O’Neal also gave her daughter a set of wooden-shafted clubs. One week, Alice stayed home with friends while her family went fishing in Canada. Alice spotted a set of six new clubs in the local golf shop.

“I had asked for a pony prior to my golf career,” said Alice. “Well, my father did get me a pony, but it was that set of clubs I was interested in. It was a driver, fairway wood, three irons and a putter. I wrote my father a letter and explained why I needed each of those clubs on the course.

“I got a Western Union telegram back, “Buy them!  They don’t eat all winter like a horse does.”

Alice, now 91, and Pete, 92, have two sons, Perry, and P.B. (Paul Burke), who are also avid course architects. The family boasts more than 170 courses under the Dye Design brand in the United States and more than 70 in 24 countries worldwide.

Dye Courses have hosted golf’s greatest events, including the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, the U.S. Senior and U.S. Women’s Opens, U.S. Amateur and NCAA Championship.

When pressed about a favorite venue, Alice said that Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana, first comes to mind. “That was the dream course, the first where Pete took the lead in getting it built,” she said. “And, we lived there and we were together. Our children were with us. I have one photo of P.B., about age nine, running equipment on the green.”

Some of the greatest names in golf and golf architecture were once on the Dye Team, or spent time learning from Pete.

“Pete is most proud of the young men who started with us in the business,” said Alice. Among that list are Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Tom Doak, Bill Coore, Bobby Weed, Jason McCoy, Lee Smith, Tim Liddy and Rod Whitman.

Alice, the 2004 PGA First Lady of Golf, has often been called “the Patron Saint of the Forward Tee.”

Several years back, she was invited to a club in Naples, Florida. The watered fairways had soaked the course. Alice said she walked around with a group of eight, and pointed out where the staff could optimize play by placing a forward tee.

Later in the day she met a woman in the locker room, who was ready to vent. “We’re not going to play your forward tees,” the woman declared. “We’re nine-holers, and if we play those tees we’ll finish too soon!”

For 20 years, Alice wrote articles, made speeches and her campaign for two forward women tees didn’t evoke change. “I can tell you that I didn’t succeed,” she said. “It is not easy to build holes that are difficult for the good player and playable for the high-handicapper. Pete does it with angles and the pros hate it because with the angle he gives them, they don’t have much fairway to hit. The average person would hit straight down.

“If you look at our courses and look where the higher handicap men and women players are playing, the course is not that hard. Most of our bunkers are on the right or left of the green. We don’t block our pins.”

Alice has worked hard to bring more women to the game.

She is a board member of the Women’s Western Golf Association, and recently wrote a letter of regret about not being able to travel to help run a tournament. A tournament official sent back a reply, “Don’t feel any regret. You have done more for women’s golf than all of us together.”

Reflecting on a life journey through golf, Alice’s career is a canvas painted with special moments. What stands out for her, she said, may surprise you. It is not necessarily the glitter of major championships or ribbon-cutting at new courses.

“I have too many really good, happy memories of playing with friends,” said Alice. “That’s the biggest thing that you get out of the game - the friendships you make along the way in amateur golf.”