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 Golf Advisor began receiving golf course ratings, 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 on Golf Advisor
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Kiawah Island, S.C.
French Lick, Ind.
West Lafayette, Ind.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Video: Pete and Alice Dye's love of golf course design
Top 10 Pete Dye courses as rated by value
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.