At the request of the Duke of Devonshire, Dr Alister MacKenzie was commissioned to design and build a brand new golf course in Buxton, on land specially selected for the purpose by the Duke. In 1925 the resultant course, widely regarded as ‘MacKenzie’s Masterpiece’, took the Duke’s family name ‘Cavendish’ and the course has been delighting golfers ever since.
Seven years after creating Cavendish, MacKenzie was asked by Bobby Jones, to design a brand new course on a disused fruit farm in Georgia, USA. The topography of this land had many similarities to the land he had found in Buxton and MacKenzie adopted many of the same design solutions he had used at Cavendish. Although the project nearly folded owing to financial difficulties, the resultant Augusta National has become the most celebrated and exclusive golf course in the world.
Whilst most golfers can never hope to play Augusta National, they can get a taste of the challenge by playing Cavendish, regarded as the ‘Inspiration for Augusta’.
In March 2016, International Golf Architect, Jonathan Gaunt, created a technical paper which compared the two courses – hole by hole. The paper subsequently received exceptional exposure in the national golfing press and has generated huge interest in Cavendish and it’s place in golfing history.
If you would like to view Jonathan’s paper please click here.