Golf course architect Pete Dye, dirty and sweaty, climbed from the bunker surrounding the 13th hole and stood to survey his work one morning in 1969.
His sweaty brow was as much from the hard work of filling the bunker with sand and raking it as from nearly missing the deadline to complete his latest course, Harbour Town Golf Links.
He had planned to be done with it long before the inaugural Heritage Classic got underway that Thanksgiving weekend of 1969. But a misunderstanding had gotten him behind schedule.
Really behind schedule. From his perch from the bunker, he could see the first golfers coming up the fairway. The tournament was underway -- and here he was, putting the finishing touches on the course.
How had he fallen so far behind?
A misunderstanding. Joe Dey, the first commissioner of the PGA Tour, had called Dye two months before and asked if all the sand was in the bunkers and ready for the tournament. Dye, wrongly thinking the inaugural tournament was to be held at Sea Pines' Ocean Course, not his still-under-construction course, said the sand should be no problem.
But Harbour Town had no sand, hence the last-minute work.
Dye's wife, Alice, had designed and supervised the building of the hole.
"She took a bulldozer operator over there and just disappeared," Pete Dye said of his wife's work on the hole. "So when I came back to look at it, she had put boards around the front of the green, bunkered it and so forth, (but) the sand had not been put in the bunker."
So Pete Dye himself had gotten the work done, just ahead of the golfers.
Just then, two onlookers walked by. One remarked to the other about the beautiful hole Jack Nicklaus had built, referring to the famed golfer who had consulted on the course's construction.
No, Dye called out to the men, his clothes and face dirty. Nicklaus had never even seen the hole, he said. It had been built by a fine, young lady.
As the men walked on, Dye heard one remark to the other: "There goes an early morning drunk for you."