The Life and Work of Dr. Alister MacKenzie

The Life and Work of Dr. Alister MacKenzie

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Considering the fact that he was one of the greatest golf course architects in the history of the game, Dr. Alister MacKenzie has long been something of a puzzle--if not a mystery. He liked to wear kilts, but he wasn't a Scotsman. He graduated from medical school, but he never made a living at it. He designed spectacular courses, but he was not a good golfer. At the height of his career he was one of the most sought after designers in the world, but he was nearly broke when he died. The Life and Work of Dr. Alister MacKenzie by Tom Doak, James S. Scott and Raymund M Haddock, uses detailed text, color photos and vintage maps, drawings and pictures to bring together many pieces of the puzzle. Questions about his boyhood, his military service, his many design trips in various parts of the world, and what made him so good at his craft, are all answered. Golfers, golf historians, and students of golf course architecture will find this book to be among their favorites. And, why wouldn't they with Augusta National, Cypress Point, Royal Melbourne, Crystal Downs, Lahinch, and Pasatiempo among his magnificent works? The Life and Work of Dr. Alister MacKenzie is a cherished biography on one of golf's most eccentric, interesting, brilliant and colorful more

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  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 256.54 x 279.4 x 22.86mm | 1,315.41g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 158536018X
  • 9781585360185

Table of contents

Chapter One: Early Golf Architecture: United Kingdom. Chapter Two: MacKenzie the Scotsman. Chapter Three: Prewar Contracts in the North of England. Chapter Four: War and Camouflage. Chapter Five: Golf Architecture--Beyond The Thirteen Points. Chapter Six: The Postwar Period--1919--1926. Chapter Seven: MacKenzie the Golfer. Chapter Eight: Two Months that Changed a Continent. Chapter Nine: The Land of Opportunity. Chapter Ten: The MacKenzie Legacy. Chapter Eleven: "Capability" and "Finality". Chapter Twelve: MacKenzie's Collaborators. MacKenzie's Best Golf Holes. Appendix of MacKenzie Designs. more

About Tom Doak

TOM DOAK has designed twelve golf courses of his own, most recently Pacific Dunes in Oregon, of which even Alister MacKenzie would have been proud. He is also the author of two previous books: The Anatomy of a Golf Course, a primer on course design; and The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses, a personal review of more than 1,000 courses worldwide. His company, Renaissance Golf Design, is based in Traverse City, Michigan. JAMES S. SCOTT. Born and bred in western Scotland, he first worked as a cabin boy on a tramp steamer playing between Ayr and the Baltic. This gave him a bizarre introduction to the game of golf. The ship's captain, while in Scottish port, acquired buckets of damaged golf balls for a few pennies from urchins who scavenged them from Troon or Prestwick. At sea, one of Scott's duties was to tee up a succession of these balls on the foredeck--no easy task on a stormy day--so the "skipper" could work off his lunch by driving them into the northern seas. Later, successive exposures to farming, forestry, and fishing were followed by studying medicine. Training and experience were acquired in Glasgow, Dublin, West Africa, London, Liverpool, Chicago, Australia, and Florida. From 1961, he was Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Leeds University and, from 1986 until retirement, also Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. Then Herbert Warren Wind, at that time Golf Correspondent for The New Yorker, presented Scott with a copy of Alister MacKenzie's Golf Architecture and encouraged him to look into the life of the author, a Leed's graduate, famous in U.S. golfing circles but forgotten in his own "alma mater." He lives in Yorkshire, England. RAYMUND M. HADDOCK is the stepgrandson of Alister MacKenzie. In 1994, he discovered a manuscript that his stepgrandfather had written in the early 1930s in which he related many of his thoughts about golf and golf course architecture. The book, entitles The Spirit of St. Andrews, was published a year later. A self--described "bogey golfer," Ray has played MacKenzie courses in England, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and America. He lives in Boulder, more

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