Top 5 Pete Dye golf courses you can play in the U.S.



No. 5: Pete Dye's stadium design at TPC Sawgrass was a feat of modern golf course architecture. (Courtesy of TPC Sawgrass)
No. 4: Blackwolf Run, part of Destination Kohler, is a scenic and challenging parkland design by Pete Dye. (Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor)
No. 3: Pete Dye designed Harbour Town Golf Links with the help of up-and-coming golf course architect Jack Nicklaus. (Getty Images)
No. 2: The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a Ryder Cup and PGA Championship venue. (Courtesy of Kiawah Island)
No. 1: The Straits Course at Whistling Straits hosted a thrilling 2015 PGA Championship, and will host the 2020 Ryder Cup. (Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor)

The PLAYERS Championship is an annual celebration of one of the game’s most prolific and influential golf course architects, Pete Dye. Perhaps even more impressive than the many tournament courses Dye built over his career is the family tree of architects whose career he helped kick off and have gone on to have great careers of their own. Architects like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Doak, Bobby Weed and many more owe a debt to Dye for his mentorship early in their careers.

But Dye's best designs are iconic, and most of his best work is featured in pro golf and are publicly accessible. Six Dye designs made the Top 30 of my Golf Advisor Top 50 courses you can play in the U.S.

My five favorite Dye designs you can play are fixtures in professional and major championship golf. It includes the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, which is the annual host of the PLAYERS, as well as three major championship hosts (including the U.S. Women’s Open) and a regular favorite stop on the PGA Tour for over 40 years.

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The cost to play these five courses in the peak season averages out to $341. But never fear, Dye has designed scores of public courses in the U.S, and some are downright affordable. Tell me your favorite Dye experiences on Twitter @MattGinellaGC.

The five best Pete Dye courses you can play


5. PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
More: Ginella, Shackelford talk Stadium design

4. Blackwolf Run (Championship routing)

Kohler, Wisc.
More: Ginella on Blackwolf Run and his Top 20 U.S. courses

3. Harbour Town Golf Links

Hilton Head Island, S.C.
More: The history of Dye's Harbour Town design

2. Ocean Course at Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island, S.C.
More: Kiawah Island as a buddies trip destination

1. Straits Course at Whistling Straits

Sheboygan, Wisc.
More: Dye, Herb Kohler on Whistling Straits


May 12, 2016

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Matt Ginella

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Matt Ginella is Golf Channel's resident travel insider. He writes for GolfChannel.com and appears weekly on "Morning Drive." Before Golf Channel, Ginella was senior travel editor for Golf Digest and Golf World from 2007-2012 and covered courses, resorts and the avid amateur golfer's annual buddies trips to over 60 destinations around the country. Ginella graduated from St. Mary's College (Calif.) in 1995 and earned a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2003. Follow Matt on Twitter at @mattginellagc and on Instagram at @Matt_Ginella.


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