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