Add Pete Dye to the list of architects who have had golf trails named in their honor.
Dye’s home state of Indiana has begun marketing the Pete Dye Golf Trail, a collection of seven of the architects’ design. The trail stretches from Culver in northern Indiana to French Lick, about 100 miles south of Indianapolis. The idea is similar to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama and Jack Nicklaus’ Bear Trace courses in Tennessee.
Indiana is home to more Dye-designed courses than any other state. The 85-year-old Dye, a longtime resident of the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, picked the seven courses that make up the trail.
Moving from north to south, the trail courses are:
• Mystic Hills (Culver), which has starkly different nines thanks to the sandy terrain on which the front side was built;
• The Kampen Course (West Lafayette), Purdue’s home course and host to 2008 NCAA Men’s Championship and 2003 NCAA Women’s Championship;
• Plum Creek (Carmel), which hosted the 2003 State Open;
• The Fort (Indianapolis), located on the site of a former U.S. Army post that is now a state park;
• Brickyard Crossing (Indianapolis), a former Champions Tour site with four holes routed inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway;
• Maple Creek (Indianapolis), a 1961 opening that was Dye’s first course;
• and The Pete Dye Course at French Lick, a visually stunning hilltop layout that’s one of the signatures of French Lick Resort’s $500 million restoration and expansion.
A website has been set up to assist in planning tee times and accommodations.