At 82, Dye receives recognition for his designing touch
Ask the greatest living golf-course architect what he does for a living and he'll tell you in all seriousness that he doesn't draw, he just digs holes.That's what Pete Dye told PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem in May, when Finchem called Dye's Delray Beach, Fla. home to tell him he had been named to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
If I hadn't started with Pete [Dye], I'd be a different designer today. Or not a designer at all.
[Pete Dye] wasn't trying to be popular. He was trying to challenge [the players] at the game of golf. If someone is yelling at you, you must be doing something right. And his golf courses have produced some pretty good champions.
-- Jack Nicklaus
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