Yorkshire born Dr Alister MacKenzie is arguably golf’s best-known course architect, thanks to his famous designs which include the majestic Augusta National.
The Good Doctor cut his teeth as a course architect at Alwoodley Golf Club in Leeds in 1907 where he was one of the club’s founding members and, having already made outline sketches for a course, was tasked with laying out 18 holes across the moorland.
Although this was his first project, the hallmarks of his later works are still there for all to see. As he would explain in his book, “Golf Architecture,” MacKenzie believed emphasis should be on the natural beauty of the terrain rather than artificial features, and that every hole should have a different character.
His design philosophies can be found across the length and breadth of Yorkshire through the 26 courses he designed or collaborated on, and Yorkshire-based events company SGH can put together a bespoke itinerary that will allow you to experience his work at first hand.
From Ryder Cup venues like Moortown through to hidden gems like Bingley St Ives, the diversity of his work means there's a MacKenzie course to suit every pocket.
And in celebration of his work across the Broad Acres , Horsforth Golf Club in Leeds will host the inaugural MacKenzie Challenge on July 9, a better ball event where the winning pair will win a trip to the 2022 Master Tournament at MacKenzie's Augusta National.
Contact SGH on or e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 1707077 to enter the event or arrange your tailor-made adventure across Yorkshire's own MacKenzie Trail.