CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Pete Dye, the legendary golf course architect who designed some of the best courses in the country including the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, passed away on Thursday afternoon at the age of 94 according to his family’s Twitter account.
Dye designed numerous courses in South Carolina alone including Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head, the home of the RBC Heritage.
His work on Kiawah was highlighted when the Ocean Course hosted its first major tournament in 2012 with the PGA Championship. The course will host the event again in 2021.
“Alice and Pete Dye have left an indelible mark at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, not only on The Ocean Course but on every one of us who have the privilege of being associated with this special place. For that we will be eternally grateful.” Kiawah Island Golf Resort President Roger Warren said in a statement.
“Not only has golf lost a leading light, an indisputable genius of the sport, but the world has lost a true gentleman and an exemplary human being." Warren continued. "While we mourn the loss of Pete, we rejoice that after a brief absence from Alice that the two are reunited. Our condolences and sympathies extend to the entire Dye family, whose grief and sense of loss we deeply share.”
“Pete Dye left an imprint on the world of golf that will be experienced for generations, painting wonderful pictures with the land that continue to inspire, entertain and challenge us.” PGA President Suzy Whaley said in a statement. "The PGA is saddened by the passing of this dear friend of the PGA Professional. Pete and his late wife Alice formed the greatest force in golf design history. The Dye family will forever be linked to many of the thrilling championships in PGA history and for something that they intended all along – that we embrace golf’s life values.”
Dye’s work also includes TPC Sawgrass, home of The Players Championship and Whistling Straits in Wisconsin which will host the Ryder Cup in 2020.