Norman on the hunt for a new club
Despite building and designing over 80 golf courses in his career, Greg Norman spent Christmas without a club to play at after ceasing all ties with the club he founded, The Medalist in Hobe Sound, Florida.
The Medalist has long been synonymous as ‘Greg Norman’s club’ but a messy dispute with the current board and its President, De Mudd, has seen that relationship end abruptly amid a flurry of emotional exchanges and legalese.
Greg Norman (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Norman’s issue is the club’s hiring of former Dye-disciple Bobby Weed to do a restoration of the original Norman-Dye design that opened in 1995.
Norman and Dye were not even extended the ‘common professional courtesy’, according to Norman, of a phone call to consult or to at least alert them to the fact that the club were about to engage another designer for modifications.
This comes after Norman and Dye had extended their professional services to the club free of charge when the club needed them over the years.
The Shark has now demanded that references to his name and that of co-designer Pete Dye be removed from the course he founded. He also requested time to visit to remove the memorabilia he had on display at the club, including the signature shark above the bar in the men’s locker room.
In a letter sent to Medalist President De Mudd following a board meeting in early December, Norman demanded that the club stop using his name and Dye’s in reference to the design of the course.
“The design integrity of the original designed course has been compromised by your alterations without consultation or discussion with neither Pete Dye nor me.” Norman said.
“It’s really a slap in the face at the end of the day,” Norman said, before penning a separate letter to Medalist’s members on Boxing Day, which was co-signed by Pete Dye.
In that letter, Norman explained the situation facing he and Dye and of their decision to withdraw completely from the club after 19 years’ involvement.
Norman wished the members the very best and for many more years of enjoyment at the club but fired a parting shot.
“The original culture and integrity of the club that was established from the beginning is still embedded there somewhere. One day, I hope it will find a way to resurface but in the meantime, I strongly advise you to not let a small minority dictate.”