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MacKenzie society comes home to Alwoodley for annual global meeting

by Dan Murphy News Events

Alwoodley and Moortown will welcome golfing enthusiasts from all over the world to Yorkshire next week for the MacKenzie Society’s spectacular annual gathering.

As well as competing over two of the country’s very best courses, they will experience some of the wealth of history and culture to be found in the White Rose County.

The itinerary also includes such treats as York Minster, Ripley Castle, the Tockwith Show, one of Yorkshire’s most popular horticultural and agricultural gatherings, a visit to a traditional oak furniture workshop in Kilburn and an excursion to the World Heritage Site of Saltaire Village, which Sir Titus Salt built for his textile workers.

The event is open to the members of all clubs whose courses were designed by the great Dr Alister MacKenzie.

In the British Isles, that includes the likes of Alwoodley, Blairgowrie, Burnham & Berrow, Cork, Lahinch, Littlestone, Moortown and Sutton Coldfield. Around the world, he also designed Augusta National, Cypress Point, Crystal Downs and Pasatiempo in the USA, as well as the Jockey Club in Argentina, Titirangi in New Zealand, and Royal Melbourne and Royal Adelaide in Australia.

MacKenzie, who was born in Normanton, is regarded as one of the greatest architects in the game’s history.

Leeds heathland Alwoodley was the first course he designed, with neighbour Moortown following shortly afterwards.

Both courses – whose clubhouses are just a few hundred yards apart – are regarded among the top 100 in Great Britain and Ireland.

The latest instalment of the MacKenzie Society will take place at Alwoodley and Moortown, starting on Monday August 5 and continuing throughout the week.

• For a full schedule of the week’s events, email

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