When I think of golf course design I don’t think women designers and I don’t think many people do. But in fact there are a few designers that will catch your eye when mentioned, like Annika Sorenstam or Alice Dye. Yes that last name Dye is famous as she’s married to the Pete Dye, famously known for the design of TPC Sawgrass. In fact Alice Dye was part of the design process of the stadium course which opened in 1980. A few other architects names to mention include Nancy Lopez the ex LPGA player, Hall of Fame member and the aunt of Keegan Bradley the PGA Tour winner. Finally there is Amy Alcott, who recently helped Gil Hanse with the design of the 2016 Rio Olympics golf course. Alcott is a member for the LPGA Hall of Fame and World Golf Hall of Fame as well.
Annika Sorenstam has designed six golf courses which is a good number for being out of professional golf for not that long. She has two located in China and the others are spread out among Turkey, South Africa, Korea and Estonia. She designs her courses to suit all ages, genders and skill levels. Alice Dye as I mentioned above is most know for her work towards the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course. She was also a profound golfer back in the days, she won 50 amateur state championships in her amateur career. She is well known among her peers as she was first woman President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. She is most known for helping co-design PGA West in La Quinta, CA, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort in Kiawah, SC, Harbour Town Golf Links and Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island, SC and Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, IN. Nancy Lopes is not known for designing many course but the first one she ever designed was Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf & Country Club located in The Villages, Florida. Lastly Amy Alcott designed two others beside the Olympic course for this past Olympics; Indian Canyons Golf Course, Palm Springs, CA and Brick Landing Golf Club, Ocean Isle, North Carolina. Indian Canyons was Alcott’s was her first consulting job and paired with Casey O’ Callaghan another architect to complete the remodel. Brick Landing was her second remodel and worked with the architect Dan Maples. They gave the course a facelift which included tee design, bunkering and green remolding.