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Golf Australia Express : Issue 8
LIST THE WORLD-RENOWNED golf course designer, Pete Dye, has been building golf courses of colour since 1961. The American is considered by many the most influential course architect of the past five decades. Now in his 80s, Dye’s still designing world-class golf courses. His designs are found in most parts of the world, but none have a more terrifying tee shot than the TPC Sawgrass’s 17th [pictured]. It’s estimated more than 100,000 balls are retrieved from the surrounding water annually. And it’s not only amateur golfers contributing golf balls to the site of golf’s biggest rinse. Since 1982 TPC Sawgrass has hosted The Players Championship—golf’s unofficial fifth major. It’s fair to say the 17th has washed away the dreams of many hopeful champions. The master course designer was honoured by the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2008 with a lifetime achievement award. Now that must have been a highlight for Dye. THE DESIGNER Pete Dye