The Menai-Davis family of golf developers has appointed European Golf Design to complete work on its new 18-hole golf course project in Edgware, London.
The course was designed by Pete Dye, who passed away in 2020. His son Perry, also part of the original design team, passed away in 2021. The project, which was announced in 2013 with the name The Dye London, will now be named The Legacy Club.
“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 Jeremy Slessor, Managing Director of European Golf Design. “The Legacy Club will be enjoyable and playable for all golfers, but will also offer a challenge worthy of a Tour venue.”
Tony and Anne Menai-Davis plus their sons Ceri and Cae – whose other facilities include the Seve Ballesteros-designed The Shire London and the forthcoming The London Links – chose the new name in honour of the Dye family and after a family tragedy of their own.
“My eldest Ceri and his wife lost their young son, Hugh, to cancer in summer 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.”
The Legacy Club will be the first collaboration between the Menai-Davis family and EGD, the golf course design company of the European Tour Group.
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.”
“I have known Jeremy for 20 years, and EGD is a world-class team of golf course designers” said Tony Menai-Davis. “I am a big admirer of the work they have done, and we are thrilled to be working with EGD as we guide The Legacy Club towards its opening a few years from now.”
“Pete Dye was one of golf’s true innovators and we have all been inspired by his designs,” said Slessor. “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.”