By Matt Cradock published
The Dye London – the last course designed by Pete and Alice Dye which is set to open in 2024 – is to be renamed The Legacy Club to mark the deaths of the pioneering course designer and his son, Perry, while also honouring six-year-old Hugh Menai-Davis, who tragically passed away from cancer this summer.
The course will bring the designer's unique brand of creativity to the UK for the first time, tempting golfers with a spectacular new challenge similar to his other notable works, such as iconic PGA Tour venues Sawgrass, Kiawah Island, Whistling Straits and Harbour Town.
The new 18-hole layout in Edgware, north London, will be the first collaboration between the Menai-Davis family – creators of the Seve Ballesteros-designed The Shire London and the forthcoming The London Links – and European Golf Design (EGD), the golf course design company of the European Tour Group.
“We will be realising the vision which Pete and Alice Dye originally had for the golf course, including the routing, but we will provide the detail,” said European Golf Design’s Managing Director, Jeremy Slessor. “The Legacy Club will be enjoyable and playable for all golfers, but will also offer a challenge worthy of a Tour venue.”
The Menai-Davis family chose the new name in honour of Pete and Perry Dye, but also after a family tragedy of their own.
“My eldest son Ceri and his wife lost their young son, Hugh, to cancer in the summer of 2021,” said Tony Menai-Davis. “This much-loved and extraordinarily brave young man left us at just six years old, but he filled our lives with enough wonderful memories to last a lifetime. We will think of him every day, and his favourite bird – the owl – will be in The Legacy Club’s logo.
Ceri Menai-Davis said: “The Legacy Club will honour the love we all share for this magnificent sport of golf, and also the love we all have for people who are no longer here.
“My wife and I have created a charity, It’s Never You, to help parents of children who have potential life-limiting illness. The Legacy Club and our other facilities will all help these parents who are going through an indescribable time.
“After many years working in golf and at The Shire London, which is itself driven by the legacy of another of golf’s true greats, Severiano Ballesteros, I can assure you that golfers will love The Legacy Club experience, even more so now we have the team at EGD to help us bring it to life.”
Tony and Anne’s youngest son, Cae, co-founded The Golf Trust charity in 2012 and has helped to bring the benefits of golf to thousands of children over the last decade.
“We are all somebody’s son or daughter, and when you become a parent you better understand the power of legacy, and what it means to provide a better society for our children” said Cae Menai-Davis.
“When we met Pete & Alice Dye they could see that we were, like them, a close-knit family and we established a strong connection with them. It feels entirely natural, now, for Ceri and myself to help our family to create golf venues where people can discover a love for golf which might last them a lifetime.
“And doing it in a way which honours not only Pete Dye’s legacy but also Hugh’s feels like the most natural thing of all.”
Slessor added: “Pete Dye was one of golf’s true innovators and we have all been inspired by his designs.
“Although we didn’t have the opportunity to meet him and discuss his strategy for The Dye London, we will remain highly respectful of the foundations he and Perry laid here as we work hand in hand with the Menai-Davis family to prepare The Legacy Club for the changing demands of the modern sport.”
Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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