Pete Dye won’t forget the gushing praise he heard from just about everyone about his new creation, The Ocean Course, as the world’s best players got ready for the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island in weather that was perfect for golf.
Then the wind blew in from the Atlantic Ocean, and that changed everything.
“They had a heck of time,” Dye said with a chuckle. “The trouble they had on those par 3s was unbelievable.”
It has taken more than two decades of tweaks _ all overseen by Dye _ and the PGA of America’s resolve to again make the feared course a showcase for the strongest field in golf for the PGA Championship, the final major of the year.