Golf Course Architecture - Issue 74, October 2023

57 CYNTHIA DYE forward tee still like a challenge. I like multiple tees and different angles, and offsetting hazards to provide various obstacles depending on what tee you are playing from. “For my design at West Cliffs along the Atlantic coast in Obidos, Portugal, I included carries because we had grass limitations due to the amount of vegetation. We have a similar brief in Saudi where we’re working with a certain amount of grass, and we have to make the most of it as well as making the native vegetation more playable. So, areas of vegetation and rocks are usually the carries and areas around tees.” Dye has taken pride from seeing her son continuing the Dye family tree of designers. “He said when he was young that he didn’t want to be a golf course architect because all the golf courses will have been built by the time he grew up,” says Dye. “But we’re still building them! “Matthew has been getting me more involved in remodelling because he’s been doing it for the last eight years. “Driving ranges and practice facilities are also becoming a great way to showcase our design abilities to provide amazing places for people to learn, play and socialise. I’m really happy about what’s happening in this space and the people are really engaging and making them social venues. Dreamland’s social schedule is always packed – it’s a whole new experience and it brings more people to golf. I hope Erbil achieves something similar.” Dye Designs has worked with IMG Golf Course Services on both Erbil Hills and Dreamland projects. “The future is bright for golf, especially due to the pandemic as people saw golf courses as safe havens and where they could go and belong to a community,” says Dye. “That has helped expand golf. Golf provides people with a place to go and meet others, socialise and belong.” Photo:Dreamland Golf Club Dye also laid out the course at Dreamland Golf Club in Baku, Azerbaijan “ Golf provides people with a place to go and meet others, socialise and belong”