English Golf Courses

Dye Has Designs on First English Course

Legendary architect Pete unveils exciting plans for London layout

ONE of the world’s top golf architects Pete Dye has pledged to create a spectacular new challenge for London’s golfers before the decade is out.

An application has been submitted to start construction of The Dye London on land near Edgware, north London, which will see the celebrated architect and his firm Dye Designs bring their unique brand of creative golf course design to the UK for the first time.

The application has been submitted by the Menai-Davis family, who in 2007 opened The Shire London, featuring the UK’s only Seve Ballesteros golf course.

The Dye London will be an 18-hole tour-style golf course, stretching to over 7,000 yards from the championship tees, but with many other teeing options to reduce the length of holes to encourage play by golfers of all standards. It will mimic the proven format at The Shire London, namely a small membership but with seven-day access for the public.

“Dye Designs is thrilled to announce our latest project, The Dye London, in Edgware, north London,” said a Dye Designs spokesperson. “The course will feature a Dye signature island green, similar to the famous 17th at TPC Sawgrass.

“Dye-designed courses have hosted over 50 championships worldwide, and our team is looking forward tremendously to creating our first golf course in the UK.

Tony Menai-Davis described getting Dye as a ‘coup’ and added: “After working with Seve at The Shire London, we knew there was only one name of a similar stature we wanted to work with on this project - Dye Designs. With Sawgrass, Kiawah Island, Whistling Straits and so many more globally-renowned golf courses bearing their name, we are every bit as excited as I’m sure all British golfers will be, to see what they create right here in London.

“The Dye London will compete in quality with other facilities in the south but at more accessible prices.

“Initial demand for the course has been phenomenal, among those who knew that it was coming, and we hope to repeat the success of The Shire London, which launched with a fully-sold membership in 2007.

“We look forward to a time when the detailed facts about this project - including accurate information about how it will enhance the surrounding area, and including matters regarding public access, biodiversity and other important environmental aspects - are widely known and recognised.

“The Dye London will be a socially-responsible addition to, and indeed of great benefit to, the local community, whether you are a walker, a nature-lover, a horse rider, a local business or of course one of London’s many golf-lovers.”

The Dye London project is anticipated to begin construction in early 2015.

The Menai Davis family also recently opened The West London Golf Centre, a driving range and nine-hole golf course, near Northolt, north west London, and an accompanying 18-hole championship-style West London Links course is currently due to open nearby in 2017.

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