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The Pete Dye Golf Trail Interview

A Q&A with Chris Gahl

By Brian Weis


Touting more Pete Dye-designed golf courses than any other state in the U.S., in 2011 Indiana launched the Pete Dye Golf Trail, a collection of seven unique courses designed by legendary golf course architect and Indiana resident, Pete Dye.

Below is a Q&A with Chris Gahl, Director of Communications at the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association.

Brian Weis Question: How did the idea of the Pete Dye Trail come to fruition?
Chris Gahl Answer: Governor Mitch Daniels came up with the idea , and asked the Indiana Office of Tourism Development and the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association to implement.

Pete Dye has developed other great courses throughout Indiana and neighboring states. Are there long range plans to expand the trail.
As each of the seven courses were hand selected by Pete Dye, the plan is to touch base with him annually on the potential of adding additional Dye courses.

How is the trail similar to other trails? How is it different?
The Pete Dye Golf Trail is similar to other trails in that it focuses on one designer with authentic ties to an area (Dye/Indiana). It is different in that no infrastructure had to be developed to support the trail (i.e. hotels and courses).

The trail zig zags down the center of Indiana with the further courses being 183 miles apart. Is this a destination type trip where traveling golfers can play the six courses in a long weekend? Or how should golfers golf the trail?
The trail is conducive for visitors to make two-three long weekends and play the entire trail--stopping at various sites, hotels, attractions, restaurants along the away to soak in the sites.

The trail's site, PeteDyeGolfTrail.com, has some information on the courses. While there be packages for traveling golfers?
In the coming months, the trail will offer specific packages for visitors/players to utilize.

If someone wants to play the courses on the trail where can they get more information?
The best way is via the web site, PeteDyeGolfTrail.com


 


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Written By: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.


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