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Our Course Designer, Dr Alister MacKenzie 1870-1934

The golf course at Worcester Golf & Country Club was designed in 1927 by arguably the greatest golf course designer the world has ever known, Dr Alister MacKenzie; his nickname simply ‘The Course Doctor.’ Born in Yorkshire of Scottish parents in 1870, he went on to be a medical student at Leeds University, but he soon realised that his vocation in life was golf course design.

Dr Alister MacKenzie was a founder member of Alwoodley Golf Club in Leeds. This was also the first golf course that he designed in 1907.

Other courses followed - Moortown, Headingley, Cavendish, Sitwell Park and Hadley Wood to name only a few. In 1926 he designed Royal Melbourne in Australia. In California amongst his great achievements were Cypress Point (1928) and Claremont (1929). The last great course that he designed was the Augusta National, home of the US Masters in 1934. Sadly in the same year he died in California aged 64.

The parkland course measures 6251 yards and features long narrow greens which provide a good test of accuracy for golfers of all standards. Failure to hit the greens will definitely test the short game abilities.

Hole White
Yards
White
Yellow
Yards
Yellow
Par Stroke
Index
S.I.
Red
Yards
Red
Par Stroke
Index
S.I.
1 345 338 4 11 328 4 9
2 394 372 4 5 322 4 7
3 525 509 5 9 447 5 11
4 505 486 5 17 474 5 13
5 405 392 4 3 373 4 3
6 179 170 3 15 150 3 17
7 373 354 4 7 344 4 5
8 154 147 3 13 127 3 15
9 449 429 4 1 375 4 1
10 534 518 5 6 445 5 4
11 182 165 3 10 144 3 16
12 392 384 4 2 358 4 2
13 148 141 3 18 135 3 18
14 339 329 4 16 278 4 8
15 364 345 4 14 336 4 12
16 368 345 4 8 320 4 10
17 167 161 3 12 127 3 14
18 422 417 4 4 417 5 6
In 2916 2805 34 2560 35
Out 3329 3197 36 2940 36
Total 6245 6002 70 5500 71