A new room at the Harbour Town Clubhouse dedicated to Harbour Town Golf Links designer Pete Dye is opening in time to be part of the 50th anniversary celebration of RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, the PGA Tour event played yearly on the Dye’s storied course.
The Pete Dye Room, a permanent exhibit on the life and times of the 92-year-old designer of over 2,000 golf holes, will open on Monday morning at 7 a.m., said Cary Corbitt, Director of Sports and Operations at Sea Pines Resort.
The exhibit, across from the entrance to the pro shop, was 18 months in the making and cost over $1 million. It presents information on Dye’s life and accomplishments, as well as those of his wife, fellow golf course designer Alice Dye.
According to Corbitt, Dye had said that if there was ever to be a facility honoring his accomplishments, it would have to be at Harbour Town Golf Links because the design, featuring the famous 18th hole on Calibogue Sound, “basically made his career.” The resort, in turn, was interested in the project because, “Pete Dye certainly put Harbour Town Golf Links on the map.”
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And, it was a happy coincidence, Corbitt said, that the 750-square-foot exhibit would open in time to be a part of the 50th playing of the Heritage, which was first won by Arnold Palmer in 1969.
Exhibits include a video of golfers such as Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin, Greg Norman and Davis Love III describing their appreciation of Dye’s designs. Other videos showcase Harbour Town Golf Links, described by five-time Heritage winner Davis Love III as “Pete’s masterpiece,” and another shows the 10 greatest golf shots made on Dye courses over the years.
Other features include an interactive sand table that allows people to sculpt their own golf course designs, and Dye’s trophy from his 2008 World Golf Hall of Fame induction.
The exhibit will be open daily to the public.
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