New Children’s Museum sports exhibit features course designed by Carmel’s Dye family

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Alice and Pete Dye of Carmel visit the miniature golf course inspired by their designs soon to open at the Children’s Museum. (Submitted photo)

The Children’s Museum will open the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience on March 17. The expansion focuses on health education and physical fitness and allows participants to experience some of Indy’s famous sports attractions on a much smaller scale.

The Pete and Alice Dye Golf Experience presented by Henry and Christine Camferdam is one of 12 sports experiences for guests to try. The Dyes are Carmel residents and experienced golf course designers. Their first well-known course was Crooked Stick Golf Course in Carmel.

“They have around 150 courses around the world they’ve created,” said Kimberly Harms Robinson, Children’s Museum director of public relations. “They wanted to have a legacy course where children and grandchildren could play, because as they were developing their own courses they had their kids growing up on the courses.”

The Dyes took 18 of their most iconic holes from different courses and scaled them down for families to learn the basics of golf. This is not your average miniature golf course. Holes include differing turf heights, water hazards and bunkers with realistic colors giving the feeling of a regular golf course.

“Pete and Alice are pretty well-known for the rolling greens,” Robinson said. “You’re going to see a lot of that on this miniature course.”

The longest hole is the par four, 110-foot hole honoring the #6 at Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn. The shortest hole is the par two, 20-foot hole honoring the #17 island hole at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The experience will offer toddler courses for younger guests.

The hope is to get families out learning about golf and getting exercise.

“This is something I think all of us are promoting is family togetherness in a sport in which families can grow together,” Alice Dye stated in a press release.

For more information, visit childrensmuseum.org.

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