Alister MacKenzie’s great body of work throughout the world is well documented and is often re-visited in the lead-up to the first of the major golf tournaments of the season.

Cavendish GC has been shown to be MacKenzie’s ‘Inspiration for Augusta’, but with so many alterations, Augusta National has lost the authenticity of the original MacKenzie conception.

The course is not long by modern standards but requires skill and good decision-making to play well - and getting to the greens is when the real challenges start!


Playing Cavendish offers a tangible link to the past and the re-discovered joy of golf. And now the unique ‘Cavendish MacKenzie Trail’ offers nine MacKenzie-designed courses all within easy reach of Buxton.

These nine courses are all different, offer great variety and all demonstrate the influence of MacKenzie’s creative golfing brain.

The ‘Cavendish MacKenzie Trail’ offers 4 x MacKenzie courses within 20 miles (40 mins) of Buxton, 2 x more within 40 miles (60 mins) and 3 x more within 60 miles (100 mins).

Staying In Buxton

Buxton is a beautiful spa town positioned on the edge of the very first National Park to be set up in the UK boasting more visitors than any other UK National Park and second only in the world to Mount Fuji in Japan!. The Peak District is blessed with a wealth of scenic, cultural, historic and entertainment attractions and is a hugely popular holiday destination.


Lee Westwood started golfing in neighbouring Nottinghamshire and has played Cavendish many times in the past.

"It's been a few years since I've played at Cavendish but I'll always remember the quality of the greens and it's something that I hear whenever the course is mentioned.''

“It's a great set-up, my mum plays there quite regularly and I only ever hear good things about it."

If you would like any help or advice in planning your ‘Cavendish MacKenzie Trail’ programme, please contact Rachel on 01298 79708 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will be pleased to help.

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