World Golf Hall of Fame golf course architect Pete Dye died Jan. 9, leaving behind a mesmerizing trail of iconic layouts across the globe. The only three Dye signature courses in Southern Nevada are located at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort.
Tour players and everyday golfers enjoy a love/hate relationship with Dye because his innovative designs feature difficult water, sand and other hazards. Dye’s unique design philosophy and unwavering commitment to challenge golfers earned him the nickname, “Diabolical Dye.”
“I think Pete Dye was the most creative, imaginative and unconventional golf course designer I have ever been around,” Jack Nicklaus said upon Dye’s passing. “Pete would try things that nobody else would ever think of doing or certainly try to do, and he was successful at it. If there was a problem to solve, you solved it Pete’s way. In the end, Pete’s way usually turned out to be the right way.”
Snow Mountain, Sun Mountain and the Wolf at Paiute are regarded as “kinder and gentler” Dye layouts, but the Wolf’s 15th hole island green is often compared to the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass in Florida, the home of the PGA Tour’s Player’s Championship. The world’s best pros agonize over the shot and continually hit balls into the surrounding water. The hole can make or break a round or tournament. Casual golfers at Paiute can empathize.
Flags were at half-mast in honor of Dye at the Paiute.
Harmon hosts clinic
Butch Harmon, Golf Digest’s top instructor, hosts a clinic at Reflection Bay at Lake Las Vegas on Saturday during the inaugural Subtle Patriot Invitational being held in conjunction with the Navy Seals Foundation.
Henderson’s Subtle Patriot offers collections of golf bags, luggage and other accessories that feature a patriotic design highlighting America’s history. Golf spots and tickets to the after-golf concert are still available.
Mediocre only, need apply
Anthony Foster earned a huge check for his victory at the 2019 Last Gap Invitational held at Revere in November and organized by the Mediocre Golf Association Las Vegas chapter.
He was awarded an oversized check measuring about two feet by five feet—for a total amount of $1.12. The season money-list winner was Jimmy Jones, who cashed $3.35.
It’s not about the wins and losses for the MGA—an international golf organization that has been “kinda alright since 2006”—it’s about the fun and laughs. Winning scores are typically in the mid-eighties to low 90s. The group welcomes players with “C games” and a carefree attitude. Signups are underway for 2020 and Vegas founder Greg Lamont hopes for 100 members.
“This is fun golf with no pressure, but we record real scores because that’s what makes it fun,” Lamont said. “Scores of 80 and 90 are real.”
The annual MGA world championship is held each November in Las Vegas. Info at MGATour.com.
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Saturday: Subtle Patriot Invitational with Navy Seal Foundation, Reflection Bay
Jan. 25, 26: Recruit Look Boulder Creek Classic, Boulder Creek
Jan. 29-31: Golf Channel Tour Duel in the Desert, Paiute
Feb. 3: SNGA tournament of Champions, DragonRidge
Feb. 24-26: Vegas World Amateur, Revere and Chimera
What: The American Express.
Where: La Quinta, California; TPC Stadium Course at PGA West (7,113 yards, par 72); PGA West Nicklaus Tournament (7,159 yards, par 72); La Quinta CC (7,060 yards, par 72).
When: Thursday-Sunday, Noon-4 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Purse: $6.7 million. Winner’s share: $1,206,000.
Defending champion: Adam Long.
What: Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Where: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Abu Dhabi GC.
When: Wednesday, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Thursday, 3-5 a.m. (Golf Channel); Friday, Midnight-5 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 12:30-5 a.m. (Golf Channel).
Purse: $7 million. Winner’s share: $1,166,667.
Defending champion: Shane Lowry.
Race to Dubai leader: Branden Grace.
What: Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions
Where: Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando (6,645 yards, par 71).
When: Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-Noon (Golf Channel), Noon-2 p.m. (KSNV-3).
Purse: $1.2 million. Winner’s share: $180,000.
Defending champion: Eun-Hee Ji.
Race to CME Globe champion: Sei Young Kim.
PGA Tour Champions
What: Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
Where: Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawaii; Hualalai GC.(7,107 yards, par 72).
When: Friday-Sunday, 4-7 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Purse: $1.8 million. Winner’s share: $270,000.
Defending champion: Tom Lehman.
Korn Ferry Tour
What: The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at Baha Mar.
Where: Nassau, Bahamas; Royal Blue GC at Baha Mar.
When: Sunday, 9-11 a.m. (Golf Channel); Monday-Tuesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Golf Channel). Jan. 22, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Purse: $600,000. Winner’s share: $108,000.
Defending champion: Rafael Campos.
— By The Associated Press