Co-built by Pete Dye and Bobby Weed in 1998, Dye Preserve Golf Club (originally named Cypress Links) is a premier private golf retreat just west of Jupiter, Florida. Ownership envisioned an exclusive club in Palm Beach County for those who appreciate golf’s age-old traditions. Dye and Weed relished the opportunity to design a clean, well-defined layout.
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Positively standing out in South Florida’s golf-rich environment is no easy task. The topography is flatter than a pancake. From this, Dye and Weed would need to creatively help players, “see the shape of every hole from the tee.”
Surrounded by thousands of acres of environmentally protected grasses and woodlands, Dye Preserve is a natural wildlife refuge. Aside from being golf course architects and builders, Dye and Weed desired to be prudent stewards of this special ecosystem.
Dye Preserve is characterized by cypress trees, spanish moss, crushed coquina shells and exotic wildlife. Numerous lakes and wetlands adorn the 175-acre property.
The golf course is free of housing on almost every hole. Fairway widths are generous, greens are large and water is frequently in play.
Members enjoy an “Old Florida” feel with St. Augustine grass framing each fairway. TifEagle and paspalum provide great contrast. Cypress mulch is scattered on the outer sides of many fairways.
Invasive exotic plants have also been removed over the years to reduce unnecessary chemical and water applications.
“Demanding” and “picturesque” are two design attributes often found at Dye Preserve.
Dye and Weed typically incorporate one par four with real length to it. Dye Preserve’s No. 1 handicap hole is the par-4, 4th hole. Measuring 467 yards, a significant 60-yard difference is between the championship and middle tees. The prevailing wind is with you in the winter, yet against you in the summer. Club selections vary widely each season.
The par-4, 5th hole measures 299 yards. This is the embodiment of a risk-reward opportunity. Players who challenge the green from the tee must steer clear of water on the left, yet also avoid multiple fairway bunkers and a greenside bunker. Those who successfully circumvent the water may still find par challenging to come by.
Dye Preserve is old-school golf at its best. Most greens are open in front to allow for bump-and-runs, though wayward shots are penalized by side and back bunkers. A combination of straight and dogleg holes ensures that every club in the golf bag is utilized.
Top-notch practice facilities include short game areas, practice tees, dedicated instruction hitting bays with HD cameras and two putting greens.
In conclusion, the absence of many standard country club amenities means Dye Preserve can focus their attention and resources on maintaining one of Florida’s best courses.
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