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Golf Australia Express : October 2013 - United Colours of Golf
Though Dye spent much of his early life as an army man and a successful insurance salesman, a childhood consumed with working and playing a nine-hole layout his father built on their land returned to him in his mid-30s, when he and his wife Alice took a chance on late careers in golf course design. To say the decision to drop everything in 1961 and pick up a chainsaw and a shovel was inspired is a par-5 understatement. Within a year the Dyes had created their first course—the nine-hole El Dorado layout near Indianapolis, which is now a part of Dye’s Walk Country Club. More courses followed over the next few years, including Radrick Farms Golf Golf Course, Heather Hills, The Golf Club and Harbour Town Golf Links, which he put together with help from a handy golfing type named Jack Nicklaus. The first course you’ll know that bears Dye’s signature is the well- storied layout at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Indiana, which John Daly picked apart to win the 1991 PGA Championship and which has also played host to the 2005 Solheim Cup and last year’s BMW Championship. And they’re just the opening lines of a CV that would outstrip almost anyone’s contribution to the game. A world map of Dye-designed courses on their company’s site features markers clustered so close together that you wonder whether it’s actually possible to squeeze that many courses in. The eastern side of the United States is a veritable Dye ‘walk of honour’. DYE IS THE GUY BEHIND THE ISLAND GREEN AT TPC SAWGRASS.YES, THAT GREEN. THE ONE THAT EATS 100,000 BALLS EACH YEAR.