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Crooked Stick is the course where Pete Dye became Pete Dye. Conceived following an extended tour of British courses, Pete founded Crooked Stick, located the land, raised the funds and designed the course, rejecting conventional golf holes in favor of radical ones, using bulkheads of vertical telephone poles to create abrupt change and long expanses of sand to emulate dunes. What’s more, he built it himself, pressing even his wife, Alice, and young sons Perry and P.B. into construction work. They opened the back nine first, in 1965, with Mackenzie-style boomerang greens; the front nine came two years later, with lines and angles appropriated from Donald Ross. Crooked Stick was the first Dye course to host a major championship, the 1991 PGA Championship.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2021.
2023-'24 ranking: 101st.
Previous ranking: 106th.
100 Greatest: Ranked from 1971-2006 and 2009-'20.
Highest ranking: 54th, 2003-'04.
Best in State: Ranked first, 1985-'89, 1995-'97. Ranked second 2013-'24. Ranked fourth, 2011-'12. Ranked inside the top 5 since 1977.
Current ranking: 2nd.