Sneak Peek: This story will appear in the Feb. 4 edition of Global Golf Post.
With the passing of Alice Dye at the age of 91 on Friday, Feb. 1, the day before the 69th anniversary of her wedding to Hall of Fame course designer Pete Dye, golf lost a giant of the game and a gem of a person.
A native of Indianapolis, Alice won some 50 amateur tournaments in her life, including the 1978 and 1979 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateurs. She also amassed 11 Indianapolis city women’s titles, captured the Indiana State Women’s Amateur nine times and was a key member of the victorious U.S. Curtis Cup squad in 1970.
Simply put, she could play.
Dye also knew and understood course design and was a major influence on her husband’s much-heralded work. “With her intellect and her knowledge of golf, Alice gave Pete someone he could always talk to about design strategy and layouts,” said Tim Liddy, who worked as a design associate for the Dyes for more than two decades before starting his own architecture firm. “They were equals in every sense of the word, and she helped him develop thoughts for his work.”
Bobby Weed also cut his teeth as a course designer as part of Pete’s crew before hanging out his own shingle, and he sees much the same thing. “Alice was a critic, a partner and a sidekick,” he said. “And she had a way of getting Pete to succumb to her suggestions.”
Dye collaborated with her husband on several of his best creations, among them Crooked Stick in Indiana, Harbour Town o...
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