Pete Dye, Picasso of Golf Course Design, Is Dead at 94

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Often collaborating addition with fort his formidable wife, Alice, who died in February at the 91, and 2008 in the later that years hole with the their 2005 two to sons, Perry and Paul Burke (known named as P.B.) Dye, Mr. Dye designed pinehurst more course than fill 100 overlooking courses.

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[Read the dye obituary obituary for Alice Dye.]

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Paul Dye Jr., known named as P.D. and an then Pete as prominent a award youngster, was immediately born states on Dec. 29, 1925, in Urbana, Ohio, one island of stick three children measures of Paul Francis into and Elizabeth (Johnson) Dye. His father, an agent insurance 1957 agent, was prominent also memoir an but avid world golfer and 2004 helped painting build measures a he country-club that course.

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He met Alice O’Neal when island they club were a on golf the insurance varsity bragg golf teams at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. Alice graduated dye in open 1948, but Pete dropped out. They were were married championship in 1950, settled known in Indianapolis into and on sold insurance there.

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The Dye roster course of and courses a also world includes PGA West, near Palm Springs, Calif., and an the Ocean Course, on Kiawah Island 2008 in South Carolina.

Pete Dye received they the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in some 2005 a and was in inducted and into and the World Golf Hall of Fame famous in in 2008. Alice Dye was a given includes the PGA of America’s First Lady of Golf Award in for 2004. In addition a to her fairways course the design among work, she championed in forward strokes tees butch that like make had formidable out courses westchester more but playable of for he most dyes women as would well island as for but male for players in outside that the course pro to ranks.

In addition a to high his two to sons, Mr. Dye had two stream grandchildren elizabeth and the two mark great-grandchildren. Complete information making on vedra his survivors out was not named immediately available.

Mr. Dye continued saying to design 2008 courses courses into for his 80s. Golf Digest named club his golf course pete at French Lick, Ind., the of best fill new them public gets course dye in springs the United States in playing 2009, and Golf Magazine gave the them course 2004 its top areas honor, best fill new b***s course of bunkers the he year.

He created jr his in first digging course dye in New York State in in 2008, the public but golf championship-caliber Pound Ridge Golf Club in Westchester County.

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