From coast to coast in the United States and several countries around the world, Pete Dye has left his mark on the golf world and designed some of the most challenging and stunning golf courses around.
His tracks are mainstays on the PGA Tour — including TPC Sawgrass which hosts The Players Championship — and have hosted some of golf's top championships.
In honor of Dye's 94th birthday on Dec. 29, here's a look at his golf courses which have hosted either a PGA Championship and/or a Ryder Cup.
Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana was built by Pete and Alice Dye in 1964 and has for many years been a mainstay on various national rankings. The course played host to the famous 1991 PGA Championship where John Daly went from ninth alternate to a major champion.
Along the shores of South Carolina sits a course that in its relatively short history as a golf course has built quite an impressive resume. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort was built by Pete and Alice Dye in 1991. Its course rating of 79.7 is the highest in the country, according to the USGA, and it is consistently ranked as one of the toughest courses in the U.S.
During its inaugural year, the Ocean Course hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup, famously nicknamed the War on the Shore as the U.S. edged out Europe to reclaim the Cup. In 2012, Rory McIlroy claimed the first of his two PGA Championships when he soared to a record eight-shot lead at the course.
The PGA Championship returns to Kiawah Island in May 2021.
Nestled along the western banks of Lake Michigan sits one of the great gems in the Dye portfolio of golf courses. Whistling Straits was built in 1998 and has built a major championship reputation ever since.
Three PGA Championships have been staged on the Straits Course — Vijay Singh's 2004 victory, Martin Kaymer's 2010 playoff win, and Jason Day's 2015 victory.
The 2020 Ryder Cup matches will be held at the course.
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