Dennis is one of only 11 Honorary Lifetime members. This distinguished club includes three former Presidents of The United States, Eisenhower, Ford and George H.W. Bush.
This is the highest honor awarded by the PGA of America. Previous winners include, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Byron Nelson and Gene Sarazen.
The Ben Hogan Award is presented by the Golf Writers of America to the person in the world who has made the greatest comeback from injury or illness in the current year. It was inspired by the comeback of Ben Hogan after his accident. Previous winners include former President Eisenhower, Babe Zaharias, Lee Trevino, Patty Berg, Gene Littler and Fuzzy Zoeller.
The Graffis Award is presented by The National Golf Foundation for contributions to golf and has been awarded to Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus among others.
In 2003 the Metropolitan Golf Writers of New York, chose Dennis to be the recipient of the Mary Bea Porter Award. This award is given to an individual in golf who through a heroic or humanitarian act saves or betters the lives of others. The Arete Courage Award was presented to Dennis in 1994. This award pays tribute to those rare individuals who, by their refusal to accept limitations demonstrate the ability of athletics to bring out the best in mankind.
Dennis has been inducted into The South Florida PGA Hall of Fame and The University of North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame
The International Network of Golf also honored Dennis by establishing the Dennis Walters Courage Award, which is presented annually. I
The ARETE Honors pay tribute to those rare individuals who, by their refusal to accept limitations, demonstrate the ability of athletics to bring out the best in mankind.
This award presented by Golf Digest recognizes Dennis's contribution to the promotion of junior golf in America.