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Design Philosophy

Design Philosophy

The design philosophy of Dye Designs accommodates a wide variety of golfers with varying levels of ability. The job of the designer is to provide a challenge to advanced players without creating so much frustration that beginners leave the game of golf or migrate to a less difficult course. Dye Designs is aware of this problem and uses several techniques to overcome the situation. Particular attention must be paid to these different abilities, along with an equal concern for maintenance and the environment.

Each Dye golf course is custom designed based on the requirements of the owner. In some cases, owners want to create the most difficult course possible. However, the greatest percentage of owners want a less difficult course that is enjoyable for all levels of players. Following are the basic elements of a Dye design golf course that will help create a course that meets the needs of nearly every golf course owner

Perry Dye and Dye Designs are highly dedicated to the game of golf, and the Dye staff feels strongly that the future of golf lies in the constant introduction of the game to future golfers, while continually challenging the seasoned veterans. Providing a memorable and enjoyable golf experience is a primary goal in every Dye design. We feel we are uniquely positioned to answer this challenge.

Tee Placement
A major element of course design is tee placement. It has been determined that the number one contributor to difficulty of a golf course is length. Therefore, Dye uses a five tee system in an attempt to provide a variety of lengths on each golf hole, making them suitable for the largest number of players. The front two tees in this system are based on a concept called the Forward Tee System, which was developed by Perry Dye’s mother, Alice Dye, a noted amateur player and a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. The Forward Tee System adds greatly to the enjoyment of golf for women, seniors and juniors. Since length has the biggest impact on course difficulty, Dye can still build back tees that challenge the scratch or single handicap player.

Wide Fairways
A famous golf course architect once said, “Narrow fairways and long grass are bad remedies for a poor design.” Dye Designs feels this is especially true for public and resort courses, where slow play can be a problem. Throughout the years, subtle changes in Dye’s design philosophy have led to wider fairways (140 to 150 feet), with more premium placed on playing tee shots to strategic areas of the fairway. This challenges the scratch player and still allows higher handicap players to find their balls and play quickly.

Greens and tees are sized generously to reduce stress from intense player traffic during the golfing season. Reducing stress helps keep the turf healthy, which reduces the need for stress related fertilizer and pesticide applications. Since damage from wildlife may also be a problem, the generously sized greens and tees provide flexibility in tee and cup placements following such damage.

Maintenance Budgets and Water Management
Dye Designs also understands that courses have limited maintenance budgets. Therefore, Dye works very closely with superintendents and greens keepers during the design and construction process to prevent unnecessary maintenance burdens. Particular attention is given to bunker faces and mounds, designing them so that they can be mowed by machine. Furthermore, Dye makes use of large low maintenance areas known as “native” or “waste” areas. These areas serve not only a strategic value in the design, but require no water or fertilizer, serving to reduce the amount of maintained acreage within the course.

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