Angry Shark done with Medalist GC

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Greg Norman designed the Medalist Golf Club layout with uber-architect Pete Dye in 1995, but the club hired another architect for its redesign work.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, December 24, 2012 | 6:24 p.m.

In the Palm Beach area of Florida, where so many many professional golfers live these days, no players have larger profiles than Jack Nicklaus at the Bear's Club and Greg Norman at the Medalist Golf Club. But no longer.

Norman designed the Medalist layout with uber-architect Pete Dye in 1995, and the club's many high-profile members include Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler. But the Medalist hired architect Bobby Weed – a Dye disciple best known for his work with many of the PGA Tour's properties – for a facelift, according to Tim Rosaforte of Golf Digest and the Golf Channel, who said the move angered Norman.

"It's really a slap in the face at the end of the day," Norman told Rosaforte via email. "It's the end of a legacy by the board doing what the board is doing now. It hurts a lot to tell the truth. It's a shame."

As a result, Norman wants the Medalist to take his and Dye's names off the course, and to give back all the memorabilia he has let the club display over the years – including, presumably, the huge shark that hangs over the bar in the men's locker room.