Haute Highlights: A Course in Design

Haute Living has a plethora of editorial content from our four regional editions that may be passing under your radar, and we don’t want that. We have so many gems hidden in our archives, so in addition to my daily Haute 100 Updates, I will now be providing “Haute Highlights,” focusing on one article from a print edition that I think is worthy of your attention. To kick off this new program, I highlighted director of winemaking at Robert Mondavi Vineyards Genevieve Janssen’s recent Haute Ambassador column, which discussed how to decide whether to cellar a wine or drink it now, and followed it up a post about our profile of Sting’s wife, Trudie Styler.

Today, spring is in the air around the country, and golf enthusiasts are rejoicing. Before you did your clubs out of the closet and head to the links this weekend, check out Christopher Garland’s article “A Course in Design,” which is about the design of some of the best golf courses. The piece originally ran in our August/September 2009 editions. For the article, Christopher spoke with Perry O’Neal Dye, one of America’s top course architects, about the process of creating a golf course. Dye’s experience as a course designer is unique in the sense that it is truly a family business, stretching back almost 100 years. Today, the Dye family name is attached to the design of more than 200 golf courses around the world. Dye golf courses have hosted over 150 Professional and Amateur events throughout the world, and are scheduled to host 6 Majors Championships in the next six years.

Christopher notes that an element of course architecture that Dye stresses is the individual touch. He writes:

Like when one enters a building designed by Zaha Hadid or Frank Gehry, Dye has a desire to spread the Dye course style. “I want every golfer who steps on one of my courses to instantly know who designed it, and to have a memorable experience,” Dye says. “Whether you play well or terribly, you always remember a Dye design.”

Read the entire piece to get in the zone before heading out to the course this weekend.