The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort has 40-mile panoramic views of Hoosier Country, volcano bunkers, and sharply cut fairway lines.

French Lick, Indiana: Golf lost one of its biggest supporters earlier this year with the passing of Pete Dye. His portfolio, which spans over six decades, features more than 100 courses, including a highly regarded design at French Lick Resort.

“My dad had a good life,” said PB Dye. “I’m not sad, but grateful for all the years we had together. Heaven gained a mischievous soul who loves our sport. I expect we will see lots of thunder and lightening when he opens his first course.

“He was a generous man who left an imprint on all, on and off the course,” continued PB. “Case in point. My dad paid for Mickey Powell’s college tuition [who went on to become president of the PGA of America in the 1980s]. When Mickey tried to repay him, he wouldn’t accept a check and encouraged him to ‘pay it forward’ to help another aspiring student.

“One little known fact about my father was he didn’t have a middle name and was born Paul Dye Jr. When he enlisted in the Army for WWII, they required a middle name to be engraved on his dog tags and he quickly settled on Paul Peter Dye.”

Classic Pete Lines

 Building the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort was an ambitious project requiring a Caterpillar D-10 bulldozer to contour rugged terrain. The 230,000-pound monster of a machine has the capability to level a small house in a single pass.

“My first impression on playing the course was how beautifully dramatic the holes are positioned, with classic sharp fairway lines that play left to right and right to left,” critiqued PB. “The course is ‘pleasingly painful at times,’ but that’s what my dad is known for. The bottom line is it’s a fun course to play that will make you remember your hero shot of the day.” 

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