Famed golf course designer Pete Dye dies at 94

Famed golf course designer Pete Dye dies at 94
Golf course architect Pete Dye speaks at a news conference during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (Source: Charlie Riedel)

By DOUG FERGUSON

AP Golf Writer

Golf lost one of its great design architects Thursday when Pete Dye died at age 94.

Dye had been battling Alzheimer’s disease for several years.

His golf courses often were described as “dye-abolical” because of the punishment they could inflict on a bad shot.

All were memorable. Among the most famous is the TPC Sawgrass. That’s where The Players Championship has been held since 1982. It was Dye’s wife, Alice, who inspired him to build the island green at No. 17. Other Dye designs include Whistling Straits, Oak Tree, Kiawah Island and Crooked Stick. All hosted majors.

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