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Casa de Campo's Pete Dye honored

Postby Anthony » Tue May 13, 2008 7:03 am

From our friends at <a href=""><b>DR1</b></a>:

<blockquote> Pete Dye was a little-known golf course designer until Charles Bluhdorn and Alvaro Carta gave him the chance to design the Teeth of the Dog golf course in La Romana. The golf course put the Dominican Republic on the international golfing map, and in the process launched Pete Dye's career as a leading golf course designer. Recently, Pete Dye was selected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in the lifetime achievement category. The announcement was made on Tuesday, 6 May at the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Pete Dye is only the fifth course architect ever named to the World Golf Hall of Fame, according to Golf Magazine, which tells his story in its May issue. Robert Trent Jones, who was responsible for the legendary Playa Grande golf course, is another of the five course architects, along with C.B. Macdonald, Alister Mackenzie and Donald Ross.
As reported in Golf Magazine, Pete Dye was a talented amateur golfer and life-insurance salesman when he decided to try a career designing courses. Strongly influenced by a 1963 trip to Scotland, he distinguished himself by building other courses the way he did when he first came to the DR, choosing a site for a golf course that would make living in La Romana attractive for executives coming to work at a new industrial free zone. When building what would later be called Teeth of the Dog, the owners of the property allowed him to tinker with the course as he wished.
Dye's current projects include a fourth design at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. His son has also been active in the DR, with courses in Santo Domingo and Punta Cana.
Pete Dye told Golf Magazine that the design that made him the most proud was Teeth of the Dog. "When I started that in 1970, there wasn't a paved road within 35 miles. Now there are 3,500 homes, an airport, 50,000 people working. I'm going to be egotistical with this - that golf course started the whole thing down there," he said.</blockquote>
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