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Matt Dye

matt A third generation member of the internationally acclaimed Dye family of golf course designers, Matt Dye followed in the family tradition established by his grandfather Paul, his late father Roy and his legendary uncle, Pete Dye. Starting in 1989 along with Perry Dye and Dye Designs, he designed, shaped and constructed courses all over the world, including Ibaraki, Japan; Pattaya, Thailand; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Closer to home, Matt’s name is proudly associated with such Dye courses as Desert Pines Golf Course, Las Vegas Paiute Resort and Royal Links Golf Club, all in Las Vegas, Nevada; The Promontory in Park City, Utah; Sweetbrier Golf Club in Danville, Kentucky; and Trump National Golf Club (originally Ocean Trails Golf Club) in Los Angeles, California.

Since starting his own design business in 2002, Matt had emerged to take center stage with his own golf course designs. Matt’s first solo design project took him to the North Island of New Zealand, where he re-opened the Carrington Club in 2003. It was a renovation, but the changes were so far reaching that today the course bears Matt’s name as the designer of recorder. Offers came in quickly after Carrington’s success. Matt designed El Rio Country Club near Laughlin, Nevada, and the Links at Sleepy Ridge in Orem, Utah, simultaneously, along with the Ledges in St. George, Utah, and Dos Lagos Golf Club in Corona, California, shortly thereafter.

Matt gave the most attention to his greens. He liked to build them with lots of undulation and asserted that many current golf course developments, by gunning the Stimpmeter readings over 10, sometimes prevent architects from designing greens with real character.

Over the last 17 years, Matt Dye had established himself on the list of top golf course designers worldwide. He was highly respected, not only as designer, but as a businessman with the highest regard for his client’s needs. He had an impeccable reputation with all who work for him and with him. His motto, “the more the merrier,” described the warmth and love of others that made him beloved. Matt went through life simply adding more and more friends.

Matt passed away after an extended battle with colon cancer in August, 2008 in San Diego, surrounded by close friends and family. Matt- we love you so much and keep it in the fairway!

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