Cavendish is thought by some to be Dr MacKenzie’s most accomplished work in the UK and quite possibly the best layout in the world under 6000 yards. It illustrates how skilfully and creatively he blended the layout of the golf course into the surrounding landscape.

Cavendish Golf Club in Buxton has a very special design tale to tell. Dr Alister MacKenzie designed the course which opened in 1925 and it is regarded as ’The inspiration for Augusta’, the course he went on to design in 1932.


The topography of the disused fruit farm in Georgia was very similar to land at Cavendish and MacKenzie adopted similar design solutions. Cavendish is regarded at the finest course in the world under 6000 yards and one of the most testing too.


Beautiful in looks throughout, it’s an exciting layout, always with a gently undulating nature and always leaving you mindful of the elements too. Naturally you have the famous Mackenzie greens to contend with, and these are beauties, unchanged in over 90 years of play and retaining a great reputation as well as a fearsome one. Tough to pick favourite holes, Cavendish has very few weaknesses, discover your own highlights, but we’d imagine one or two of the short holes will be in there somewhere, a stunning collection. The final hole, a winding par four back to the clubhouse is a picture book delight from the tee.


A warm and welcoming club to visitors and societies, with a spacious clubhouse lounge boasting panoramic course views, large dining room and spike bar. Cavendish also run The Cavendish Mackenzie Trail, a link between them and eight other Mackenzie designed courses within a 60 mile radius.


Recommended Accommodation – Lee Wood Hotel, Buxton 01298 23002

Cavendish Golf Club – Watford Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6XF

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Another level – Leamington & County

Leamington and County GC has the experience of over 100 years of golfing tradition combined with a healthy modern attitude to bringing new golfers into the game.

Leamington have undertaken some course developments this year too, a slightly altered layout now exists with a re-route and two changed holes which include a new 18th. A joint editor’s visit was required to check it all out, Mandy and myself chose the hottest day of the year to do it!

Nuneaton GC – 2018 style

The fortunes of Nuneaton Golf Club are doing rather nicely of late, a rate of progress to compare favourably with their famous son. Locally born Andy Sullivan played his golf here from picking up a club at the age of ten. He still lives in the area and during his downtime away from the European Tour is often to be found on the fairways of Nuneaton, still playing money games with old mates.

Dannyal Spalding

Daanyal ready for a big year

MG are pleased to introduce a new young professional to our ranks. We met up with him at Four Ashes Golf Centre near Solihull earlier this month, Mandy chatted to him while we watched him take a few swings, take a look below.