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Pete and Alice Dye are the First Couple of golf-course design, having produced dozens of famous (some would say infamous) layouts, including the Stadium course at Sawgrass. When=they're not laying down railroad ties (they're currently working on two projects, redesigns of Gulf Stream (Fla.) Golf Club and the Keswick Club in Charlottesville, Va.), they like to get out and play. Pete tees it up once a week, and at age 87 he still occasionally breaks 80. Alice, 86, a top amateur for years who played on the 1970 Curtis Cup team and twice won the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur ('78 and '79), plays twice a week and almost always breaks her age. How have they fared on their most notorious creation? Pete says he shot a 71 or 72 years ago (at least 15) on the Stadium course, while Alice (who dreamed up the 17th's island green) hasn't played it since she and Pete opened the course by taking a loop with Deane Beman. She doesn't remember her exact score, but she knows she broke 80.
Bridgestone Tour B330-RX Pete marks his ball with a tight blue circle around the number, like a bull's-eye on a target.
TaylorMade R11s (9°)
Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead (16° and 17.5°)
Ben Hogan Apex Edge (two-iron through PW); Sand wedge (56°)
Sometime around 1990, Pete was at Seminole when the club president asked him if he'd like to play with Ben Hogan. "Glad to," Pete said. One problem, though. His bag was full of Tommy Armour irons. Thinking fast, Pete ran to the pro shop, bought a set of Hogan irons, then went behind the caddie shack and scuffed them up a bit. It was a good investment because he played with Hogan several more times over the years and still uses the clubs.