Name:Dr. Alister MacKenzie
Lived:[1870-1934]. Born on Aug 30, 1870 in Normanton, nr Leeds, Yorkshire. Died on Jan 6, 1934 in Santa Cruz, California, aged 63.
Occupation:Golf course architect and writer.
World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2005).
MacKenzie's best known work includes, but is not limited to:
BRITAIN & IRELAND: Alwoodley, Eng (1907) / Blairgowrie, Scot (Rosemount course, 1927) / Bolton Old Links, Eng (redesign, 1924) / Bruntsfield, Scot (modifications, 1922) / Cavendish, Eng (1925) / Cork, Ire (redesign, 1927) / Duffhouse Royal, Scot (redesign, 1923) / Galway GC, Ire (1925) / Ganton, Eng (improvements, 1912) / Hadley Wood, Eng (1922) / Ilkley, Eng (with Harry Colt, 1898) / Lahinch, Ire (Old course modifications, 1927) / Moortown, Eng (1909) / Reddish Vale, Eng (1912) / Sand Moor, Eng (1926) / Seaton Carew, Eng (major redesign, 1925) / St Andrews, Scot (Old course improvements, 1930) / Weston-super-Mare, Eng (redesign, 1922).
UNITED STATES & CANADA: Augusta Natl, GA (with Bobby Jones, 1933); California GC, CA (bunkering, 1927) / Crystal Downs, MI (1930) / Cypress Point, CA (1928) / Green Hills, CA (1929) / Lake Placid, NY (Mtn course, 1931) / Pasatiempo, CA (1929) / St Charles, Winnipeg (extension to 18-holes, 1929) / Valley Club of Montecito, CA (1929) / Univ of Michigan, MI (1931).
AUSTRALASIA: The Australian, NSW (redesign, 1926) / Kingston Heath, Vic (bunkering & modifications, 1926) / Metropolitan, Vic (major redesign, 1926) / New South Wales, NSW (1928) / Royal Adelaide, SA (modifications, 1926) / Royal Melbourne, Vic (East & West courses, with Alex Russell, 1926) / Royal Queensland, Qld (modifications, 1926) / Titirangi, NZ (1926) / Victoria, Vic (modifications, 1927).
SOUTH AMERICA: Jockey Club, Arg (Colorado & Azul courses, 1935).
Born in Yorkshire to Scottish parents, MacKenzie was christened Alexander, but from birth was called Alister (the Gaelic form of Alexander). MacKenzie attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield, before heading for Cambridge University, where he trained as a surgeon. He served as a civilian doctor with the British Army during the Boer War in South Africa. After the First World War MacKenzie left the medical profession and joined Harry Colt, the first architect to devote a career solely to designing golf courses.
MacKenzie began working in the British Isles, but many of his greatest designs came after he emigrated to the United States in the early 1920s. By the end of his career, MacKenzie had laid out some 400 golf courses on four different continents. Routinely, major golf magazines rate as many as 10 of these in the world's top 100 greatest courses.
MacKenzie combined modest golf holes with others that presented greater challenges, but always allowed enough space for lesser players to enjoy the game. It is often said that MacKenzie’s forte lay in his greens. His courses were created before the era of bulldozers, which gave him little scope to force golf holes where they didn’t belong. His approach was to provide fair and strategic golf challenges without overly disrupting a site. This has endured as the major philosophy for golf course design today, even though the "natural" slopes and undulations of modern layouts are often the product of "unnatural", earthmoving interventions.
US Women's PGA Championship: located just outside Philadelphia, the famed Donald Ross layout of Aronimink Golf Club hosts the third women’s major championship of 2020 (Oct 8-11).
Scottish Open: first played in 1972, this year’s championship is again played on the Tom Doak-designed Renaissance Club course, which sits alongside mighty Muirfield in East Lothian (Oct 1-4).
Jim Furyk: in winning the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links, “The Grinder” joined Arnold Palmer and Bruce Fleisher as the only players to win their first two starts on the PGA Tour Champions.
Georgia Hall: recorded her first win in an LPGA Tour event on American soil at this year’s Portland Classic, played at Columbia Edgewater Country Club … on the edge of the Columbia River.
Traigh Golf Course (pronounced "try", and meaning "beach" in Gaelic): You'll find this nine-hole seaside gem on the scenic coast road (as opposed to the more inland and quicker A830) between Arisaig and Morar. Although not on the well-beaten path of Scotland's "trophy" courses, if you are passing through this area, it's a must play.
Cullen Links Golf Club: "immensely scenic", "quirky as golf can get", "short!", "hugely enjoyable" ... Cullen Links attracts as wide a variety of comments as it lays down golfing challenges. Shoehorned into this 4,600 yard treasure trove are ten par-3s, seven par-4s and a good-length par-5. Here you'll find all the seaside scenery a golfer could ask for, and a lot more besides. Read More...
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