This post is also available in: Spanish
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – home to the Caribbean’s premier, luxury golf experiences – unveiled a commemorative plaque honoring the life and legacy of the great Pete Dye on December 29, the first celebration of the date of his birth since he passed away in January.
The memorial to the World Golf Hall of Fame architect will reside just behind one of his legendary pot bunkers alongside the green of Teeth of the Dog’s visually stunning eighth hole. Teeth of the Dog is said to be Dye’s favorite golf course he designed and is widely considered the finest layout in the Caribbean. Mr. Dye and his late beloved wife, Alice, maintained a nearby home overlooking the course for decades.
Since opening in 1971, Teeth of the Dog has been on the “bucket list” of those seeking to play one of the top 50 golf courses in the world. Mr. Dye’s design hallmarks are all present: vast waste areas, peninsula greens and tees, hand-sculpted putting surfaces, and a unique assortment of pot bunkers. “The Heaven 7” oceanfront holes are astoundingly beautiful, causing Mr. Dye to famously quip: “I created 11 holes and God created seven.”
“It is such an exceptional honor that Pete Dye and his incredible legacy will be linked to us forever,” says Gilles Gagnon, Casa de Campo’s senior golf sales director, director of golf emeritus, and longtime friend to the Dye family. “Both he and Alice felt at home here and we celebrate their gracious friendship and wonderful achievements with heartfelt joy and gratitude.”
Casa de Campo showcases two additional gems created by Mr. Dye. Twenty-seven-hole Dye Fore joined Teeth of the Dog in 2002. Its three nines – Chavon, Marina and Lakes – are distinct. Chavon features seven holes running atop cliffs dropping 300 feet, Marina meanders down to a harbor ringed by restaurants and shops, and Lakes is artfully crafted across tumultuous terrain. Golf course architecture aficionados call Dye Fore “the most underrated course in the Caribbean.”
Located in the interior of the property is the resort’s third Dye layout, The Links. The moderately hilly routing features tall Bahia grass framing bunkers and undulating greens presenting spectacular Caribbean views. Slightly over 7,000 yards from the back tees and playing to a slope of 126, it is considered one of the most forgiving and fun courses he created in his vast repertoire.