A fun day at the Grand Opening of Shepard's Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort last summer.
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."
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.
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.
I had the pleasure of talking with Dereck Duncan and his Feed The Ball Podcast last week. I think you will enjoy our discussion on Pete Dye and golf course architecture in general.
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.
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.”
Continuing with the highly requested sunrise photos, this was taken last week by Nelson Caron, the Director of Golf Course Maintenance at Ford Plantation Golf Club in Richmond Hill, Georgia. This is golf hole #14. If you look close enough, I think you can see old Tom Morris walking the fairway. We remodeled the golf course in 2013. It was recognized as one of the best new courses by Golf Digest in 2014.
Sunrise on the Dye Course at Colleton River. Another great photo taken last week by Jake Williams, the golf course superintendent. We remodeled the golf course last year, restoring bunkers throughout the Pete Dye design. The work received an American Society of Golf Course Architects Design Excellence Recognition Award.
Great photo taken last week at Colleton River by Jake Williams, the golf course superintendent. We remodeled the golf course last year, restoring bunkers throughout the Pete Dye design. The work received an American Society of Golf Course Architects Design Excellence Recognition Award.
Very honored to be presented with the ASGCA Design Excellence Recognition Program Award. As one of my favorite golf courses I have had the privilege work on, Colleton will always be special to me.
A great day Thursday celebrating the grand reopening and ribbon cutting of the Estuary Golf Course at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples, Florida. The redesign added needed width to the fairways with greater interest at the green complexes. Our goal was to provide new strategy, fun and beauty to this wonderful golf course. Having lived on site during the construction it is always rewarding to see the finished project and members enjoying the results.
The improvements included major grading and drainage, new greens, bunkers, a new irrigation system, driving range renovation, and the re-grassing of all tees, fairways, and greens. A master plan guided our work developed with the club and golf committee the previous year. Here are a few photos of The Estuary Golf Course at Grey Oaks by Laurence Lambrecht.
Can you guess which movie these bunkers starred in?
Back by popular demand, a few more winter shots of Colleton River Club in Beaufort County, South Carolina. All photos by Jake Williams, the golf course superintendent. We remodeled the golf course last year, restoring bunkers throughout the Pete Dye design. The work received an American Society of Golf Course Architects Design Excellence Recognition Award.
Nice mention of the Duke's golf Course in St Andrews. Joe Passov's Ask Traveling Joe column in Golf.com "The Duke's fortunes changed dramatically in 2005 when Herb Kohler bought the Old Course Hotel as well as the Duke's and invested in new drainage and a redesign by former Pete Dye protégé Tim Liddy. The Duke's isn't links golf, yet its gorgeous, lacy-edged bunkers and thoughtful design make it worth the diversion from seaside play."
Another great photo taken this week of golf hole #17 at Colleton River Club by Jake Williams, the golf course superintendent. The color contrast of the different grasses framed by the darker live oaks this time of year is stunning. We remodeled the golf course last year, restoring bunkers throughout the Pete Dye design. The work received an American Society of Golf Course Architects Design Excellence Recognition Award.
Great photo taken this week of golf hole #9 at Colleton River illustrating the contrast between the green fairway Bermuda and golden centipede grass surrounding the bunkers. The photo was taken by Jake Williams, the golf course superintendent. We remodeled the golf course last year, restoring bunkers throughout the Pete Dye design. The work received an American Society of Golf Course Architects Design Excellence Recognition Award.
Tim Liddy, ASGCA, describes how a Cincinnati club preserved its Donald Ross heritage and charm.
How long can a master plan guide a club? Two, five, 10 years? In this example, the master plan completed in 2002 still guides a club today – 15 years later.
In 1999, Hyde Park Golf and Country Club, like other well-established Donald Ross courses, was struggling with the concept sweeping most private clubs at the time: give in to current fads of golf course design or re-establish the exemplary design by Mr. Donald Ross that held true for over 80 years? The majority of members did not understand or appreciate the distinct heritage of Donald Ross, what it afforded Hyde Park, and the importance of this historical golf course in Cincinnati and the country.
The catalyst to ensure Ross’s classical masterpiece began with Art Fischer, a longtime member. Realizing the historical importance of Ross as the designer of Hyde Park, he quietly began a campaign to educate the club on Ross’s significant design accomplishments and the importance of restoring and preserving his design for the future of Hyde Park.
Gradually, the education surrounding the history of Donald Ross and Hyde Park, captured a new and enthusiastic group of members. They respected the creativity of Donald Ross and his wonderful design at Hyde Park. This need was followed by an invitation to architect Tim Liddy and historian Brad Klein to provide a presentation to the membership on Ross and his design of Hyde Park Golf and Country Club. Together, they gave a detailed synopsis about Donald Ross and the importance of preserving Hyde Park’s classic golf course. By 2002, the club hired Liddy to research Ross’s work at Hyde Park and develop a master plan that would honor and showcase Donald Ross’s initial design.
Liddy, working with committee members from Hyde Park, developed a master plan to restore many of the features changed from its original construction of 1921. The plan included recapturing greens that had reduced in size over time from typical maintenance practice, tree management, restoring bunkers to Ross’s drawings and restoring the golf course from changes made by other architects over time. The master plan outlined every Ross feature and delineating the distinct character of this classical golf course.
Eventually, after years of discussion, green committee meetings, board meetings, club townhall meetings, the members agreed to invest their money towards the critical renovation of Hyde Park’s course to mirror much of the its original design by Ross. It began with the remodeling hole No. 1 back to its original Ross character. This was followed in 2004 and ’05 by a more extensive restoration of the greenside bunkers and fairway bunkers. Then, in 2013, further improvements were made to one of the course’s sentinel holes, No. 13, remodeling it in character with Ross’s original concepts.
Over the past 15 years and today, the master plan is frequently utilized as a reference for ongoing projects preserving the Ross heritage and design, redirecting misguided board members or green committee members back to Ross ideals, and the importance of Ross and the character of Hyde Park Golf Course.
Today, Hyde Park emulates all that a classical Donald Ross Golf course offers. Members are proud of its heritage, the enduring value it brings to their club, and appreciate the investment and trust they have placed in the master plan.
Many times it is the small details we do that gives us the most pleasure. Dan Proctor and I spent many days finalizing the bunker on this special fairway, the Duke's St Andrews 13th golf hole. Not only did it guard the future best approach angle into the green, it accented the wonderful view out over the North Sea and the town of St Andrews. Here is a photo after it was recently constructed. You can see the small heather we planted along the top, blending it into the perimeter fescues. You will also notice the green had not yet been remodeled nor has new planting been added to screen the large home in the background.
Here is a photo taken this summer. Notice how well the heather has taken root, softening the bunker edge and transitioning into the adjacent fescue. The bunker adds a foreground to the long view out to the North Sea and at the same time takes the golfers eye to the green. Also see how the adjoining residence is now screened out of view. The green now has been remodeled, bringing this bunker strategic significance. A bunker ten years later and the small details and joys of a golf course architect.
Wonderful photo taken this morning on the 18th green at the Duke's St Andrews. We remodeled this golf course in 2006. It is currently ranked 25th best golf course in Scotland by Top 100 Golf Courses. The North Sea looks calm today!