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Designer woman known for 17th hole at Sawgrass dies at 91

Alice Dye was the "First Lady of golf course architecture"

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The world of golf is mourning a legend. Alice Dye, widely known as the "First Lady of golf course architecture," died Friday at age 91.

She was one of the masterminds behind the most famous hole at TPC Sawgrass, the iconic 17th hole.

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Dye will be honored at this year's Players Championship on March 14.

Dye collaborated on a number of courses with her husband Pete Dye, who was the architect of the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course. At the time of her death, she was caring for her husband, who is living with Alzheimer's at their home in Gulf Stream.

"Alice and Pete were the ultimate partners in life and in business, designing TPC Sawgrass, home of The Players Championship," said TPC Executive Director Jared Rice. "Pete retells the story of, 'We got a little bit of a problem. What are we gonna do for the hole?' And it was Alice who said, 'Let’s just keep calling, and making an island green and build out the lake."'

Rice said Alice Dye was the real visionary behind the most famous hole at Sawgrass and called that something special.

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He said she will be honored at The Players Championship in March for her contributions to the golf course.

"Their vision for golf course design really impacted the game today and will be for years to come."

Alice Dye died one day before the couple's 69th wedding anniversary. She is also survived by her two sons, Perry and P.B. They are both prominent golf course designers.

 

 

PGA of America called Alice Dye "one of the most enduring advocates for women's golf," in a tweet announcing her death. 

 


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