A challenging course
“This is the first time I have had the opportunity, in this part of the world, to create such a unique course,” said Pete Dye, certainly one of the three best golf course designers in the world today.
At the Domaine Impérial he was able to indulge his fantasy, while respecting the natural features and varied profile of the terrain and always bearing in mind the basic philosophy of the Scottish courses.
He is known as a someone who has moments of genius and moments of madness, but with his feet firmly on the ground. “When I design a hole, I try to make par the test it should be of a golfer’s skill. There is nothing more stimulating for me than to observe a player following his ball attentively to see where it has actually gone. At St. Andrews, not only can you not see the greens, you can’t see the hazards either. After a while you get a certain vision of a course: that’s the case here.
“Moreover, I believe that the best golf holes are pars 2.5, 3.5 and 4.5. Players should be able to imagine scoring a birdie because the hole is short. The best are never unhappy at scoring a bogey with an approach shot with a 2 iron. On the other hand, if they score with a short wedge, they are in for a surprise on the next hole.
“At the Domaine Impérial, I think I found the right mix between these different concepts, while making the course more difficult than it appears.”
Date of Birth: 29 décembre 1925
Home: Delray Beach (FL)
Education: Rollins College
Distinctions: Donald Ross Award, American Society of Golf Course Architects
Member and former President: American Society of Golf Course Architects
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