Alice Dye passed away on Feb. 1 at the age of 91 following a career filled with accomplishments. But her creative spirit endures. One example will be front and center during this week’s Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., a layout designed by her husband, Pete, with significant input from Alice.
Here are three things you should know about Alice Dye, the architect, the golfer and the person.
She Devised No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass
Alice and Pete Dye formed one of golf’s premier design teams. However, when building TPC Sawgrass, the annual home of The Players Championship, the 17th hole was proving to be a challenge.
Unsure of what to do with the difficult section of land, Alice suggested to Pete, “Why don’t you just put the green where you want and fill the rest of this up with water?”
Pete heeded her advice and the rest is history. The island hole is one of the most recognizable in the world and many a tournament has been won or lost on its riveting stage.
Some of the Dyes’ other acclaimed designs include Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind.; Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C.; the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island (S.C.); the Straits Course at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis.; and the Teeth of the Dog Course at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, site of this year’s Latin America Amateur Championship.
Dye courses have hosted numerous USGA championships, including the U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur. In all, the family, which includes sons Perry and P.B., has produced more than 170 courses in the U.S. and an additional 70 in 24 countries worldwide.