Golf Course Designer Pete Dye
honored with Don A. Rossi Award by the GCAA
by Joe Stine
Pete Dye, ASGCA, - Photo by Ken May
Course Designer Pete Dye was honored with the Don A. Rossi Award
by the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) on
In a press release
The Golf Course Builders Association of America said, The
GCBAA is pleased to announce Pete Dye as its recipient of the
prestigious Don A. Rossi Award. With a reputation of being a
creative genius and one of the most imaginative course designers
in the world, many consider Pete Dye to be the most famous golf
architect alive today.
history of the awards program, we have honored builders, architects,
and celebrity golfers, and Pete encompasses all the aforementioned.
He has been an amazing contributor to our industry and we are
thrilled to bestow on him this special recognition," said
Justin Apel, GCBAA executive director.
The Rossi award
is given by the GCBAA to honor individuals who have made significant
contributions to the game of golf and its growth and who have
inspired others by example. It is named for Don A. Rossi, who
served as executive director of the National Golf Foundation
from 1970 to 1983, and was instrumental in forming the National
Golf Course Owners Association and served as executive director
of the GCBAA from 1984 to 1990.
Though a champion
golfer, Pete's true interests were in the design and maintenance
of golf courses, so he left the insurance business to design
and build courses. Supported and accompanied by his wife, Alice,
Pete built a ninehole course called El Dorado, now titled
Royal Oak Country Club, and an 18hole course, Heather Hills,
now named Maple Creek Country Club.
designs were impacted by a 1963 trip to Scotland. Touring Scottish
courses, Pete was influenced by their features, and he began
to incorporate such concepts into his own designs.
to and understanding of the game of golf are evident in the impact
his style has had on architecture for nearly three decades. Besides
being unique and incomparable, his designs are also environmentally
The turf sessions
Pete attended under Dr. William Daniel fostered his interest
in course maintenance, and today his projects feature his drainage
and irrigation designs and wetlands areas, which help recycle
and purify water.
The Don A. Rossi
Award was given at the 2015 Golf Industry Show which was held
in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 24 during the GCBAA Opening Reception
at the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel.
Christmas 1961 with the Dye family - Pete, Alice, P.B., Perry
and their pet dog.
About the GCBAA and the GCBAA Foundation:
Pictured here: P.B. Dye and
Perry Dye stand behind their parents renowned golf course architects,
Pete and Alice Dye. All four members of the Dye family are current
members of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Pete
and Alice are also both past presidents of the ASGCA. Photo by Ken May
The Golf Course
Builders Association of America is a non-profit trade association
of the worlds foremost golf course builders and leading
suppliers to the golf course construction industry. It was founded
in the early 1970s and its members represent all segments of
the golf course industry. The GCBAA Foundation is the charitable
arm of the GCBAA and a separate, 501(c)(3) organization. The
GCBAAs national executive office is located in Lincoln,
Neb. For more information, visit www.gcbaa.org or call 402-476-4444.