Lee was involved in the design and renovation of more than 250 courses, including Dorals Blue Monster, La Costa, and Bay Hill, collaborating with noted architect Dick Wilson in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Upon Wilsons death, Lee took over the design firm. On his own, he created Cog Hill, Warwick Hills, the Magnolia and Palm courses at Disney World, and Callaway Gardens.
Lee is the only golf course architect to work with Ben Hogan. In the 1970s, Hogan and Lee worked together on The Trophy Club in north-central Texas.
Lee was known for creating courses that appealed to the average golfer as well as players of championship caliber.
I start with the premise that courses should be enjoyable, not a chore, Lee once said.
When Jack Nicklaus decided to design courses, the first architect he consulted was Lee.
Joe never built a bad golf course, said Nicklaus.
Donations may be made in his honor to the Joe Lee Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 1270, Boynton Beach, Fla., 33425.