No golf course architect has a presence on both the PGA Tour schedule and Top 100 rankings quite like Pete Dye. His designs set the bar for innovation, creativity and challenge. No other living designer has more respect from his peers.
While Dye's courses like TPC Sawgrass, Harbour Town, Kiawah Island and Whistling Straits are all fixtures of televised golf, there are many other Dye designs that are not only publicly accessible, but even affordable.
Since we began receiving golf course ratings in late-2012, we found more than 6,500 reviews of Dye designs and have compiled the designer's top courses based on ratings by regular golfers like you.
And while the average golfer may find Dye's designs to be difficult, it doesn't mean they aren't appreciated. The mean rating for Pete Dye designs is 4.1/5, compared to a 3.8/5 course average. His average rating for difficulty is sky high. In fact, less than two percent of all reviewers scored his course either extremely easy or fairly easy:
In the two Top 10s below (one for overall, one for value), each ranking features some solo Pete Dye designs, Pete & P.B. Dye collaborations, as well as also courses that were originally Dye designs but have since been renovated by another firm. In fact, Dye's first-ever gig in Indiana made our Top 10 designs for value.
Top 10 Pete Dye courses as rated by our community
1. Kampen Course at Birck Boilermaker Complex, Purdue University
West Lafayette, Ind.
2. Straits Course at Whistling Straits
3. Teeth of the Dog, Casa De Campo
La Romana, Dominican Republic
4. Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort
Kiawah Island, S.C.
5. Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
6. Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort
French Lick, Ind.
7. Southern Hills Plantation
8. River Course at Blackwolf Run
9. Players Stadium at TPC Sawgrass
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
10. Wolf Course at Las Vegas Paiute
Top 10 Pete Dye courses as rated by value
1. Tippecanoe Country Club
2. Gypsum Creek Golf Club
3. Sun Mountain at Las Vegas Paiute
4. Mystic Hills Golf Course
5. Snow Mountain at Las Vegas Paiute
6. Rum Pointe Golf Course
7. Bulle Rock Golf Club
Havre de grace, Md.
8. Kampen Course at Birck Boilermaker Complex, Purdue University
West Lafayette, Ind.
9. Southern Hills Plantation
10. Oak Hollow Golf Course
High Point, N.C.
Do you have a go-to Dye course you love to play? Let us know which one in the comments below.