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Roy Dye

roy Roy “Andy” Dye, was born on February 28th, 1929 in Urbana, Ohio, to Paul and Elizabeth Dye.  Together with his sister Ann Dye Doss and brother Paul “Pete” Dye, they were raised in the small rural town of Urbana, 17 miles north of Dayton.  Roy lived an adventurous life exploring several career paths.

Roy attended Yale University where he graduated Magnum Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering.  After finishing college, Roy joined the Marines and was stationed at Fort Pendleton.  During his time in the service, Roy met and married Ann S. Hayes.  Together they raised 8 children that have all been successful in their own rights, several in the family business of golf course design and construction.  In the early years, while using his degree in chemical engineering, Roy worked for several different companies inventing plastics.

In 1969, after 20 years, Roy gave up chemical engineering to join his brother practicing golf course design.  Under the tutelage of Pete, Roy adopted a similar “Scottish” style of architecture, using deep pot bunkers, rolling fairways and undersized greens to provide ample strategy.  After several co-designs with Pete, Roy undertook several of his own personal designs.  His career found him moving his family from his long-time home in Urbana southwest to Arizona.  A few of the courses that bare his name have since been remodeled to accommodate the dramatic change in strategy. Others, most notably Cabo San Lucas Country Club, located in the Mexican Mecca of golf, are still prime destinations for many golf enthusiasts.

Roy was a family man, always making sure that everyone had something to do.  In order to keep up with his work load in his later years, Roy sought the help of his children.  He would have oldest son Andy visit sites to coordinate with contractors and owners;  from the age of 14, daughter Cynthia would hand draw routings and green details;  daughter Carolyn would keep up with his administrative needs;  son Matt took a particular interest in greens construction;  and youngest son Luke, took on many years experience as a construction supervisor.  Roy stayed true to the Dye name and kept it in the family.

Each one of these children took their life experiences and created their own success stories in golf course architecture:

Andy Dye found success in real estate and has been hailed in the international community as a world class golf course architect.  He has created his own Dye Global brand and is now a developer in the Middle East and Asia.

Cynthia Dye McGarey continued her interest in golf design and, with her horticulture focused education, joined Perry Dye at Dye Designs International in 1988 as a design consultant.  Working alongside Perry and Pete Dye, Cynthia found the necessary confidence to form Dye Designs Group in 2002.  She has found great success both domestically and abroad, finishing her first solo design, White Horse Golf Club, located in Kingston, WA.  She has also found success in remodeling the old “master” golf courses.  Currently, she is undertaking the architectural restoration of the historic Nassau Country Club built in 1896.  She has expressed that her true passion would be the opportunity to renovate a course of her father’s.

Matt Dye took his interest in the construction of golf courses and developed into a highly regarded consultant.  Matt worked as a greens construction specialist for many years, alongside his uncle Pete and cousin Perry.  Matt was then offered the opportunity to design his own courses and is now the proud designer of several courses, both domestic and international.  Matt recently completed The Ledges in St. George Utah and Carrington Golf Club in Kaitaia, New Zealand.  All of Roy’s children would not hesitate to contribute their accomplishments to the strong guidance of their father Roy.

In 1968, Roy was first diagnosed with cancer, but for 26 years he persevered while traveling the world to design and build golf courses to support his burgeoning family.  The fight with cancer ultimately got the better of him in 1994.  Roy, with the support of his family, used golf to provide encouragement in what were difficult times. Roy was a strong-hearted man who inspired the people who knew him.  He will be forever remembered.

Course List

Little Turtle Club – Westerville, OH 43081

Harbourtowne Golf Resort and Conf Center – St. Michaels, Maryland  21663

Wabeek Country Club – Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Fowler’s Mill Golf Course – Chesterland, OH 44026

Country Club of Colorado – Colorado Springs, CO  80906

Club de Santa Fe – Cuernavaca, Morelos, México

Club de Golf Las Hadas La Mantarraya – Manzanillo, Colima, México

Waterwood National Resort and Country Club – Huntsville, Texas 77320

Country Club of Montreal (re-model) – St-Lambert, Quebec, Canada J4S-1B7

San Gil Golf Club – San Juan del Río, Qro. CP 76800

Club de San Carlos – San Carlos, Sonora, México

Stonecreek Golf Club – Paradise Valley, AZ  85032

Gambel Golf Links – Scottsdale, AZ 85262-2901

Cabo San Lucas Country Club – Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., México

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