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Mackenzie & Ebert

Classic Course Design.....

..... for today’s game


Ailsa Course, Ayrshire, Scotland All major course improvements designed for the 2009 Open Championship

The great seaside links provide the perfect inspiration for coastal and inland designs

Photograph Courtesy of The Westin Turnberry Resort


ur golf course design skills have been genuinely inspired by the classic layouts of Great Britain & Ireland and the values of the great, old architects. The benefits are twofold. Courses are produced that blend seamlessly with their setting and are easier and less expensive to build and maintain without compromising quality. Earth moving is a costly and often unnecessary endeavour. Too many modern architects overlook the opening lines of Dr. Alister Mackenzie’s book, Golf Architecture, written in 1920. “Economy in course construction consists of obtaining the best possible results at a minimum cost.�


he principals of our company are Tom Mackenzie and Martin Ebert. They worked together for 15 busy and enjoyable years as lead designers with Donald Steel & Company. Between them, they have forty years of experience in the field of golf course architecture, working not only on new courses but also advising the acknowledged classics. Four out of the nine Open Championship venues have been advised in recent years and the two of them have provided design recommendations at almost forty of the top hundred courses in Great Britain and Ireland during their careers. Many prestigious seaside commissions have led to a deep understanding and love of links golf and the all-important ability to work with a light touch on the land.


ery few modern British architects have worked in North America but Tom and Martin have designed four courses in the USA, two in Canada and another in The Bahamas. In all, sixty have been created in sixteen countries.

e enjoy working on prestigious projects of whatever scale and have established a strong reputation for quality, understated designs which respect the environmental and ecological attributes of a site. Our courses are designed to the highest standards and are free from unnecessary gimmicks. They are challenging yet fun to play and can be built economically, allowing the traditional form of the game to spread further around the globe.

Royal Troon Ayrshire, Scotland

Ongoing advice provided to this Open venue

Making best use of natural features leads to the most stimulating layouts

Photograph Courtesy of Kenneth Ferguson Photography

The Highland Course At Primland

Virginia, USA

Golf Digest’s Best New Public Course $75 and Over in the US for 2007.

Photograph Courtesy of Primland Resort

We have mastered the art of finding the best green sites This remains the essential first step in creating the most thought provoking layouts

Royal St. George’s Sandwich, Kent, England All adjustments made for the 2011 Open

The best courses sit comfortably on the land

Photograph Courtesy of Royal St. George’s Golf Club

The Vineyard Club

Martha’s Vineyard, USA

No.1 Environmentally Friendly Course in the U.S. Links Magazine The only truly organic course in the USA

Photograph Courtesy of Vineyard Golf Club by Larry Lambrecht

Our layouts exist happily in the most sensitive environments, protecting and managing the out of play areas

County Louth Golf Club Baltray, Ireland

All adjustments made for the 2005 & 2009 Irish Opens

The most enjoyable courses have interesting, varied and challenging putting surfaces and green surrounds


Ontario, Canada

New course in play 2008

Photograph Courtesy of Clive Barber

Shaping detail is one of our fundamental strengths inspired by the classic course

Royal Lytham & St. Annes Lancashire, England All adjustments made for the 2012 Open

Bunkers should be genuine hazards and not over-used, aesthetic adornments

The Carnegie Club Skibo, Scotland

Award winning links course designed on Andrew Carnegie’s old estate

Photograph Courtesy of Glyn Satterley

Our bunkering leads to a golfing experience which is thought provoking and requires decisions to be made

Goodwood Ontario, Canada

New course designed on the glacial moraine north of Toronto

Work in sensitive landscapes requires great discipline Creation of lakes and wetlands should be as natural as possible

Photograph Courtesy of Clive Barber

The Abaco Club

Abaco, Bahamas

New tropical links course using drought & salt resistant Seashore Paspalum grass

Photograph Courtesy of The Abaco Club by Glyn Satterley

Well specified and maintained courses need the minimum water and fertiliser input

Tecina Golf

Gomera, Canary Islands New course designed on a volcanic hillside

We make the most of the dramatic settings a site has to offer

Photograph Courtesy of Tecina Golf

Victoria Golf & Country Resort

Rajawella, Sri Lanka

Asian Golf Monthly’s Best Course on the Sub Continent 2002 & 2008 which was built for less than US $1,000,000

Photograph Courtesy of Victoria Golf Club and Country Club

Courses do not need to cost a fortune to build to be highly rated

The Carnegie Abbey Club Rhode Island, USA

New course opened in 2000

Earth movement should be as low as required to produce the best course possible

Photograph Courtesy of Carnegie Abbey

The Highland Course At Primland

Virginia, USA

A true Blue Ridge Mountain Course

Where we move earth we make it look natural rather than wanting to shock the golfer with a new landscape

Heythrop Park Oxfordshire, England

New course designed around a highly protected parkland, dating back to 1706

We have significant experience in designing courses sensitive to their historic setting

Photograph Courtesy of Heythrop Park Golf Club

Byneset Golf Trondheim, Norway

New course completed in 2007

Photograph Courtesy of Byneset Golf

Courses should enhance the environment, not degrade it

Bom Sucesso Ă“bidos, Portugal

New course opened in 2008

Courses that work with the land retain the local character of that country

Photograph Courtesy of Mark Alexander


Ontario, Canada New course opened in 1991

Photograph Courtesy of Gary Wilcox

We believe the creation of water hazards should be tasteful and appropriate

Photograph Courtesy of Clive Barber

Goodwood Ontario, Canada

New Courses THE BAHAMAS The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, Abaco (18 holes) CANADA Redtail Golf Course, London, Ontario (18 holes ) Goodwood Golf Course, Toronto, Ontario (18 holes) CYPRUS Minthis Hills, Paphos (18 holes) ENGLAND Aislaby, Cucklington, Somerset (6 holes which can be played as 18) Birch Grove House Golf Course, Ashdown Forest, Sussex (18 holes) Bradfield College, Berkshire (9 holes) Breadsall Priory (Moorland Course), Derby (18 holes) Brocket Hall Golf Club (Palmerston Course), Hertfordshire (18 holes) Crane Valley Golf Club, Verwood, Dorset (18 holes and 9 holes) Dudsbury Golf Club, Ferndown, Dorset (18 holes) Eaton Golf Club, Waverton, Cheshire (18 holes) Harleyford Golf Club, Marlow, Bucks (18 holes)

Photograph Courtesy of Clive Barber

Heythrop Park, Oxford (18 holes) The Homelands Bettergolf Centre, Ashford, Kent (9 holes) Hurlestone Hall Golf Club, Ormskirk, Lancashire (18 holes) Lambourne Golf Club, Burnham, Buckinghamshire (18 holes) Leeds Golf Centre, Leeds, Yorkshire (18 holes and 9 holes) Overstone Park Golf Club, Northampton (18 holes) Park House, West Sussex (6 holes) Shendish Manor, Hertfordshire (9 holes to make it 18) Stapleford Park, Leicestershire (18 holes) Stoke Park Golf Club, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire (9 holes to make 27) Wellington College, Bracknell, Berkshire (9 holes) Woodhall Spa Golf Club (Bracken Course), Lincolnshire (18 holes) Wrotham Heath Golf Club, Sevenoaks, Kent (9 holes to make it 18) FRANCE Chateau des Vigiers, Bergerac (18 holes) GERMANY Treudelberg, Hamburg (18 holes)

IRELAND Killarney Golf Club (Lackabane Course), County Kerry (18 holes) Luttrellstown Castle, Dublin (18 Holes) THE NETHERLANDS Efteling, Tilburg (18 holes) Engelenburg Golf & Country Club, Brummen (9 holes with Hans Hertzberger) Haverleij, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (18 holes and 9 holes) Golf de Gelpenberg, Aalden (9 holes to make 18) Lauswolt, Beetsterwaag (9 holes to make 18) NORWAY Byneset, Trondheim (18 holes and 9 holes) PORTUGAL Aroeira II, Costa Caparica, Lisbon (18 holes) Bom Sucesso, Obidos (18 holes) Campo Real, Torres Vedras, Lisbon (18 holes) Santo Estêvão, Benavente, Lisbon (18 holes) Vila Sol, The Algarve (9 holes to make 27)

SCOTLAND Ballindalloch, Speyside (9 holes) Brunston Castle Golf Club, Girvan, Ayrshire (18 holes) Carnegie Links, Skibo, Sutherland (18 holes) Colin Montgomerie Links Academy & Arran Course, Turnberry (9 holes) Craigielaw, East Lothian (18 holes and 6 hole academy course) Pitliver House, Fife (9 holes) St. Andrews (Strathtyrum Course), Fife (18 holes) St. Andrews (Balgove Course), Fife (9 holes)

Cherokee Plantation, South Carolina (18 holes) Primland, Virginia (18 holes) The Vineyard Golf Club, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts (18 holes) WALES Gower Golf Club, Swansea (18 holes)

SPAIN Tecina Golf, La Gomera, Canary Islands (18 holes) SRI LANKA Victoria Golf Club, Rajawella, Kandy (18 holes) SWEDEN Johannesberg Golf & CC, Stockholm (27 holes) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Carnegie Abbey, Newport, Rhode Island (18 holes)

Photograph Courtesy of The Abaco Club by Glyn Satterley

Existing Course Projects Clubs Advised CANADA Angus Glen (South Course) Shawneeki

Photograph Courtesy of The Westin Turnberry Resort

Major Redesigns CYPRUS Minthis Hills Resort, Paphos (Formerly Tsada Golf Club) DENMARK Royal Copenhagen Golf Club (Major course renovation) ENGLAND Forest of Arden (Arden Course), Warwickshire (18 hole redesign) Rochester and Cobham Park Golf Club, Kent (Layout redesign and reconstruction of all greens) Rye (Jubilee Course), East Sussex (4 completely new holes and major redesign) Sittingbourne & Milton Regis Golf Club, Kent (9 holes) Tylney Park Golf Club, Hampshire IRELAND Beaufort Golf Club, County Kerry Enniscrone Golf Club, County Sligo (6 new holes and major revision) Killarney Golf Club (Killeen Course), County Kerry (Complete reconstruction) Tralee Golf Club, County Kerry (15 new greens and 8 fairways ) NORTHERN IRELAND Royal County Down Golf Club, County Down (Major redesign of the Annesley Course including several completely new holes) SCOTLAND Askernish Golf Club, South Uist, Outer Hebrides (Restoration of Old Tom Morris Course) Kintyre Course, Turnberry, (7 completely new holes and major reconstruction) SPAIN (Canary Islands) Amarilla Golf & Country Club, Tenerife (Course reconstruction) SRI LANKA Royal Colombo Golf Club (Redesign of all 18 greens)

Goring & Streatley Great Barr Guildford Hadley Wood CYPRUS Hanbury Manor Minthis Hills Resort Harpenden Haste Hill DENMARK Hawkstone Park Royal Copenhagen Haywards Heath Herne Bay ENGLAND Heswall Army Hillside Ashridge Horsforth Avisford Park Ilkley Banstead Downs Kettering Bath Kibworth Beckenham Place Park Kidderminster Berkhamsted Lee-on-the-Solent Berkshire (Red & Blue) Letchworth Burghley Park Lindrick Burnham & Berrow Liphook Camberley Heath Little Aston Canterbury Littlehampton Charnwood Forest Lyme Regis Charterhouse School Manor House Hotel Chelmsford Marlborough Chester Nevill Chestfield New Zealand Chevin Newcastle-under-Lyme Chewton Glen Newton Abbott (Stover) Cirencester North Foreland Cleveland North Hants Crowborough Beacon Northumberland Duxbury Park Notts (Hollinwell) Dyrham Park Ormskirk East Devon Pannal Eaton Parkstone Ellesborough Pyecombe Elton Furze Reading Enville Rochdale Exeter Golf & CC Rochester & Cobham Park Fairhaven Roehampton Falmouth Ross-on-Wye Farnham Rothley Park Forest of Arden (Arden Course) Royal Birkdale Forest Pines Hotel, Golf and Royal Cinque Ports Spa Royal Liverpool Formby Royal Lytham and St. Annes Gerrards Cross Royal Mid Surrey Gillingham Royal North Devon Glen Gorse Royal St. George’s Goodwood Royal West Norfolk

Royal Worlington & Newmarket Ruislip Rye (Jubilee & Old Course) Saffron Walden Sandy Lodge Saunton St. Enodoc Seacroft Seaford Selby Silloth-on-Solway Sittingbourne & Milton Regis Southport & Ainsdale South Staffordshire Stoke Poges Stoneham Sunningdale (Old & New) Tadmarton Heath Tandridge Temple Thorpeness Tidworth Garrison Trentham Trentham Park Tylney Park Verulam Wallasey Walton Heath (Old & New) West Lancashire West Surrey West Sussex Weymouth Wilmslow Woking Woodhall Spa Woodham Worksop Wrotham Heath Yelverton

IRELAND Ballybunion Ballyhaunis Beaufort Birr Carlow Castlegregory County Louth Dooks Enniscrone Killarney Lahinch Laytown & Bettystown Luttrellstown Castle Milltown Monkstown Newcastle West Rosslare Royal Dublin Tralee Waterford Castle Youghal

SCOTLAND Askernish Blairgowrie Boat of Garten Cruden Bay Deeside Dundas Castle Gleddoch Gullane Musselburgh Musselburgh Old Course Kilmacolm Kilspindie Nairn Prestwick Royal Aberdeen Royal Burgess Royal Dornoch Royal Troon Turnberry (Ailsa & Kintyre) St. Andrews (Eden Course) Western Gailes

ITALY Molinetto

SPAIN Amarilla Golf & Country Club Club de Golf Terramar Tecina Golf, La Gomera

FINLAND Tuusula Vuosaari Golf

NORTHERN IRELAND Clandeboye Galgorm Castle Portstewart Royal County Down Royal Portrush

FRANCE Chantilly GERMANY Berliner Golf & Country Club GRENADA Grenada Country Club

LUXEMBOURG Golf-Club Grand-Ducal THE NETHERLANDS De Dommel Eindhovensche Geysteren Haagsche Kennemer Lauswolt Noordwijkse Noord Nederlandse Rosendaelsche

PORTUGAL Vidago Vila Sol

SRI LANKA Nuwara Eliya Royal Colombo SWEDEN Barsebäck Halmstad WALES Ashburnham Baron Hill Cardiff Conwy Newport Pyle & Kenfig Royal Porthcawl St. Pierre New and existing course projects were either designed by Mackenzie & Ebert or by Martin or Tom as lead architects when working for Donald Steel & Company


Outer Hebrides, Scotland Restoration of the 1892 Old Tom Morris Links

Just mow the grasses....

....and play!


Ailsa Course, Ayrshire, Scotland The re-aligned 16th hole

Understanding how to challenge elite golfers comes from having worked on Championship courses including five of the nine Open venues

Royal County Down

County Down, Northern Ireland

New 16th hole and major redesign of 18th hole for the 2007 Walker Cup

We are specialists in course adjustments for major events

Royal Liverpool Hoylake, England

Three new greens, back tees & bunkering for the 2006 Open

We consider it a considerable honour and responsibility to work on the great Championship Courses

Photograph Courtesy of David Cannon

Royal Portrush

County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Back tees added & short game practice facilities designed

Links golf is all about playing the game in a wide variety of ways - not a geography lesson

Royal Cinque Ports Deal, Kent, England

Ongoing advice provided at this former Open venue

The aim of our work on existing courses is for it to blend in seamlessly with the original design


Noordwijk, Holland

Ongoing advice on major redesign projects

Change to existing, classic courses should not be for change’s sake but for definite improvement

Woodhall Spa Lincolnshire, England

New course and practice facilities designed for the English Golf Union

We create stimulating and practical training facilities

Photograph Courtesy of Woodhall Spa

Royal Copenhagen Golf Club

Dyrehaven, Copenhagen, Denmark

Major tee, bunker & green surround renovation project

Subtle design changes can make the world of difference to members’ enjoyment of their course

Tralee Golf Club County Kerry, Ireland

Major green redesign and bunkering project

Working on the established courses requires a sympathetic approach and great attention to detail

Photograph Courtesy of Tralee Golf Club


County Sligo, Ireland 6 completely new holes designed in the dunes

Clubs’ requirements are highly variable so flexibility and creativity is essential

Woking Golf Club Surrey, England

Heathland restoration and bunkering advice

Relatively small changes can transform the character of a hole or a course

Killarney Golf & Fishing Club

Killeen Course, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Complete reconstruction project

Photograph Courtesy of Killarney Golf & Fishing Club

Total reconstruction is sometimes the best option

Stoke Park

Buckinghamshire, England Harry Colt’s third nine restored

Studying the work of the likes of Harry Colt, Dr. Alister Mackenzie and Tom Simpson reinforces our strategic design philosophy

Photograph Courtesy of Stoke Park Golf Club


Helsinki, Finland

Major green & bunker reconstruction project

Photograph Courtesy of Vuosaari Golf Club

We enjoy working with club committees to assess and implement the best of their ideas

Martin Ebert MA (Cantab), MEng

Tom Mackenzie BA Hons


he primary inspiration for my career is shared with perhaps the greatest golf architect of them all, Donald Ross. We both spent our formative golfing years in Dornoch whose magnificent greens and subtleties left an indelible impression. My love for links golf has continued to grow and is highly influential in my approach to design. This passion for golf, plus a lifelong interest in landscapes, led to a degree in Landscape Architecture, a subject that offered the perfect foundation for a golf course architect. On graduation in 1989 I achieved my dream start, working for Donald Steel in my career of choice, where I worked alongside Martin Ebert. This relationship led to the formation of Mackenzie & Ebert. A love of the landscape and deep appreciation of links golf combine in my designs to create courses that sit comfortably in their setting and which offer a wealth of shot-making permutations, particularly around the greens. My natural philosophy is that the best golf courses make the most of the site’s existing features and work with the landform, a belief that I share with Martin. Too many modern courses lack soul because the land has been bulldozed into submission. I am a former university golfer with a category one handicap. As part of my apprenticeship, I caddied on the European Tour for a full season, a year where I learnt a great deal about professional golf and course strategy. The highlight was caddying in the Open Championship at St. Andrews. Further invaluable experience was gained working as a greenkeeper at Royal Dornoch. I have served as Committee Member and Chairman of the Green Committee at a previous club. I now play at West Sussex and Royal Dornoch. I am also a council member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects.


career in golf became my goal following a year long organisation of the Cambridge University Golf Club’s tour to the United States in 1989, the year of the 100th Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge. It was a privileged experience to visit a great array of the traditional, old courses and clubs of the North Eastern US and it reinforced my views of how golf courses should be eased into the landscape. This appreciation had been forged from playing many of the great seaside links and inland courses of the UK with the Cambridge team. Golf at university was mixed with studying Engineering, firstly to gain a degree but this was followed by a postgraduate year with the main advantage being another year of golf. However, the engineering discipline proved to be extremely useful in supporting the drawing skills and technical abilities required of a golf course architect. Even with the most accurate plans though, the communication of ideas between the architect and shaper is the key to obtaining the best results. Donald Steel offered me a welcome opportunity to assist him with the design of courses around the world in 1990. That has led to fascinating working experiences in 18 countries. Membership of Woking Golf Club provided me with an education in the field of golf course architecture. In the early 1900s, Stuart Paton and John Low had turned the course from an ordinary heathland layout into a strategic classic with some wonderful greens inspired by the Old Course at St. Andrews. I am also a member of the Royal & Ancient Golf Cub, allowing me to make regular visits to the Home of Golf, Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club, with its timeless nine hole course, the Hawks’ Club, the Oxford & Cambridge Golfing Society, the Cambridge University Stymies and The Dinner Match Society in the United States.

Chris Huggett HND (ED)


studied Engineering Design at Chichester College of Technology and joined Donald Steel & Company in October 2000. There I became responsible for the graphic design department of the company, moving on to work with Mackenzie & Ebert. My role combines technical and creative expertise to present the design work in a clear and professional form. This has led to a full understanding of a large number of graphics software packages such as AutoCAD 2010/Civil 3D and the Adobe Creative Suite amongst others. The use of Civil 3D allows the creation of 3D Digital Terrain Models for earth movement analysis by comparing the existing surface with the proposed surface, for large or small sites. Adobe Photoshop is used to create visualisations of future holes or changes to existing holes. These skills of visually representing the company’s ideas have proved extremely useful in convincing committees and club members of the benefits of proposed designs. I also provide a surveying service out in the field for the smaller, existing golf course projects.

The Team

Park House

West Sussex, England New 6 hole par 3 course opened in 2006

Photograph Courtesy of Park House Hotel

Our courses are fun and designed to retain their interest for the coming decades

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