Greg Norman originally founded the Medalist Golf Club in January 1995 and the course, located at Hobe Sound, was the first design collaboration between Greg Norman and Pete Dye.
Shortly after the course opened, the club hosted Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, which featured a match between The Shark and Nick Price. This televised event catapulted the Medalist onto numerous ranking lists.
“In its early years, the Medalist was widely viewed as a modern classic,” wrote Daniel Wexler in The American Private Golf Club Guide, “its innovative Pete Dye/Greg Norman design wandering across the scruffy, marsh-dotted South Florida landscape, frequently culminating in ground game-oriented putting surfaces whose surrounds drew comparisons to Pinehurst. Unfortunately, club founder Norman has since altered some of Dye’s unique features, leaving a course whose 75.0 rating speaks to its difficulty, but which many discerning players find a bit less appealing than before.”
Since the early accolades, the Medalist has been widely ignored by most ranking lists but it is undoubtedly still one of Florida’s best courses. “More importantly,” wrote Norman, “it possesses many design features worth emulating: broad fairways, turf kept firm and running with greens open in front, greens set at angles dictating the appropriate spot from which to play, and finally, fascinating recovery shots for those times that you miss the green. To achieve so much from a flat piece of land makes it a design worthy of much study.”
So, what are you waiting for? Befriend a Medalist member immediately.