Paul B. "Pete" Dye
(born December 29, 1925) is a world-renowned golf course designer
and a member of a famous family of course designers. He is married to fellow designer and former amateur champion Alice Dye
Pete Dye was born in Urbana, Ohio
. A few years before Pete's birth, his father, "Pink" Dye, got hooked on golf and built a nine-hole course on family land in Champaign County. before he went into the Army in 1944. He attended United States Army Airborne School
at Fort Benning
in Georgia to be a paratrooper
, but World War II
ended before he was sent overseas. He was stationed at Fort Bragg
in North Carolina where he served the rest of his hitch as greenskeeper
on the base golf course. Pete Dye explained,
<blockquote>"I played the golf course at Pinehurst No. 2
for six solid months, and I got to know Mr. Donald Ross
...(who) had built the Fort Bragg golf course. He would come over and watch us play golf, and most of the time the captain and colonel hauled me over there. They didn't know who Mr. Ross was, but the other fellow walking with him was JC Penney
, and they all knew him."
After his discharge, he became a student at Rollins......