Teeth Of The Dog Arguably Pete Dye’s Best Work
LA ROMANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | For the second time in its five-year history, the Latin America Amateur Championship is being staged on the Teeth of the Dog course at the Casa de Campo resort. The fact that organizers brought the championship back to this Pete Dye gem so soon speaks to two basic truths: Teeth is among Dye’s best creations, and the course deserves to be ranked, as it so often is, as one of the top 50 in the world.
Before it opened in 1971, Dye laid out Teeth of the Dog on a relatively flat piece of property within what was once a massive sugar plantation. The land’s only redeeming feature was its seaside location. Bringing in modern construction machinery was prohibitively expensive and difficult. So, Dye had to use a couple of alternative assets: his fertile imagination, and a construction foreman, Bruce Mashburn, who was a longtime associate of Donald Ross.
Mashburn and Dye employed 300 local laborers who used sledge hammers, chisels and pickaxes. To haul rock and topsoil, they relied on ox-drawn carts, much as Ross had used in the era before mechanized equipment.
But Dye had grit. A one-time insurance salesman who was good enough to qualify for the 1957 U.S. Open and the 1963 British Amateur, Dye was determined to leave his mark on the game through his designs. Teeth was one of the designer’s earliest efforts and garnered all his attention.
He also had the Caribbean. Seven holes run along water so ...
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