Group installs plaques honouring top designer
DE VERE has chosen to honour the legacy of iconic course designer Dave Thomas by installing a number of unique commemorative plaques at each of the courses he designed across the group’s portfolio of UK golf resorts.
Thomas, who passed away recently, has a legendary status within the game following a stand-out playing career before he became one of the world’s most renowned course designers, putting his name to some of the world’s leading layouts.
De Vere unveiled the first in a number of dedicated plates at De Vere Slaley Hall during the recent
PGA Cup match. Other plaques recognising his masterpieces will appear at another three of the group’s flagship resorts: The Belfry, De Vere Mottram Hall, and De Vere Oulton Hall.
Daniel Hodson, Director of Golf & Leisure, De Vere, said: “Throughout his life, Dave was incredibly dedicated to everything that he turned his hand to, and his course designs are no exception. His memory will last forever within the game, and De Vere is truly honoured to have a number of properties that mark his craftsmanship.”
The first of the commemorative plaques was unveiled on the Hunting course at Slaley Hall during the prestigious PGA Cup matches, where the PGA’s chief executive Sandy Jones was in attendance to further pay his respects to Thomas’ legacy.
“Dave was a huge figure in the game of golf, firstly as a player and then as one of the leading course architects having been involved in nearly 150 designs across the world,” he said. “He has left a lasting legacy on the game and his name will live on through a number of excellent golf courses that he lovingly created over more than five decades. We are delighted De Vere has decided to honour Dave’s memory with a commemorative plaque.”