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Pete Dye, one of the world’s most successful and influential golf course designers, who also happens to be the designer of all of Casa de Campo’s world famous courses; the Teeth of the Dog, Links, Dye Fore and the La Romana Country Club, is to be inducted into the Dominican Golf Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will take place on Wednesday May 14th here in Casa de Campo, part of the activities taking place as part of the DR Open 2014, which will be played here in Casa de Campo from the 12th to the 18th of May.
Pete Dye, from the United States will become the first non-Dominican to be inducted into the Dominican Golf Hall of Fame, an honor in recognition of his contribution in making the Dominican Republic a world-class golf destination. The Teeth of the Dog, opened by Pete Dye in 1971 was the designers first golf course in the Dominican Republic, and is currently ranked the #1 golf course in the Caribbean, making it one of the Dominican Republic’s top tourist attractions. On a world-wide level Pete Dye is considered one of the most influential golf course designers of the last 60 years.
Being honored alongside Pete Dye in the 3rd inductions into the Dominican Golf Hall of Fame is Máximo A. Pellerano, a Dominican businessman as well as an avid player and promoter or Dominican golf; César Rivera, a celebrated sportsman who has promoted Dominican golf on an international level; and Marcos Midence, a Dominican golf star, considered the best player in the North of the Dominican Republic, who has competed in more than 200 golf tournaments.
The Dominican Golf Hall of Fame founded in 2009 is an initiative of FEDOGOLF, the Dominican Federation of Golf. ” This is the highest tribute that the Dominican Federation of Golf maked to recognize those who have contributed to the development of golf in our Dominican Republic,” explained Juan Cohen, president of FEDOGOLF.
This time last year, during the 28th annual Casa de Campo Sugar golf tournament hosted by Alfy Fanjul, Casa de Campo honored Pete Dye with the erection of a statue in his honor. The Pete Dye Statue now stands proud at the entrance to the Teeth of the Dog golf course, with a plaque that reads “Teeth of the Dog is the only course in the world with 7 Caribbean edged holes, also known as the ‘seven holes created by God’, Pete Dye”. Click here photos and coverage of the Pete Dye statue unveiling ceremony.
Casa de Campo’s 40th anniversary
Although the Teeth of the Dog celebrated it’s 40th anniversary back in 2011, it is this year, and more specifically this summer that the Casa de Campo resort is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary. The DR Open is just one of the many sporting activities the Casa de Campo has planned to celebrate reaching this impressive milestone.
The DR Open in Casa de Campo
The DR Open which forms part of the Latin-American PGA TOUR will be played here in Casa de Campo on the Teeth of the Dog from May 12th to May 18th.
The 72-hole, stroke-play tournament will feature 144 players – from close to 20 countries, including the United States and Latin America – competing for both the individual title and winner’s share of the $150,000 total purse.
Tournament week will begin with an open qualifying round for unranked players on Monday, May 12, followed by a practice round on Tuesday and pro-am tournament on Wednesday. Championship play is Thursday through Sunday, May 15-18.
“This is the largest golf championship held in the country, which also has a positive impact on the growth of golf in the Dominican Republic,” said Peter Bonell, Chief Marketing Officer for Casa de Campo. “We hope the success of the Dominican Republic Open at Casa de Campo will help develop many great players in a country that has so many great golf courses.”
Casa de Campo is expecting visitors from across the Dominican Republic, as well as the world to visit the resort to share in the excitement of the Dominican Republic Open. While Casa de Campo villa owners and visitors will of course be very welcome to come out and watch, Casa de Campo will also be allowing access to outside visitors, who will just need to show a valid form of photo ID to gain access to the Casa de Campo resort.
Casa de Campo Living is working closely with the Casa de Campo resort to bring you everything you need to know about enjoying the Dominican Republic Open golf tournament – all the details will be published next week.
A few things you may not know about Pete Dye:
• Pete Dye has designed and co-designed 108 golf courses.
• Pete Dye golf courses can be found in more than 20 states across the US, as well as in the Dominican Republic (in Casa de Campo), Israel and Guatemala.
• Pete Dye’s love for golf started at a very early age. His father “Pink” Dye, built a nine-hole course on family land in Champaign County, which Pete worked and played when he was growing up.
• Pete Dye started his golf career as a successful amateur golfer. He was runner-up in 1954 and 1955 Indiana State Amateur Championship and winner in 1958. When he played in the 1957 U.S. Open, his score was better than Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
• Pete Dye’s wife, Alice Dye is also a golf course designer and a former amateur golf champion.
• In 1963, Pete Dye toured Scotland and made a thorough study of the classic courses. The Scottish use of pot bunkers, bulkheads constructed of wood, and diminutive greens influenced his subsequent designs – features which can be found on all of Casa de Campo’s courses – although the Links is said to most closely resemble a traditional British course.
• Pete Dye has received many awards and recognitions; the 2003 Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award, the Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects, and he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in November, 2008 in the Lifetime Achievement category.
• Pete Dye designed 14% of the United State’s top 50 golf courses (as ranked by Golf Digest).