Yes, scotch is manditory! Think of all that was done in Australia in the short time he was there. Mackenzie was in Argentina from January to middle May. Until recently, the Jockey and the Golf CLub of Uruguay were the only two confirmed Mac's down there. It was known from The Spirit of St Andrews that he gave credit to work at Mar Del Plata. The truth about Mar Del Plata is that he was asked to look over and consult on the 18 nearly complete redesign by Juan Dentone.
Juan Dentone had just enlarged the course from 9 to 18, were he was the original architect designing Mar Del Plata in the late 1890's. Juan Dentone is regarded as the father of Argentine golf pros, so having Mackenzie show up and provide his 2 cents must have been difficult.
Mackenzie went in and not only gave his 2 cents, but disregarded Dentone's 18 hole revision and totally redesigned the course. I have all the minutes from the club ledger and in light of the crash of 1930 starting to show up in Argentina, they decided not to impliment the Doc'swork. Also, the Dentone routing is quite good and they didn't see the reason to take his advice. Besides, at the time he was not as well known, especially in Argentina. So, he did a plan, but he deserves no connection to the existing Mar Del Plata Golf Club.
As for El Nautico, that was a find. I was looking through 30 years of the Golfer Argentino that I had recently purchased in Argentina. From 1931 to 1960. In the early book, I saw an article with the plans on the page for the future plan for the El Nautico San Isidro by Dr. Alister Mackenzie. My jaw hit the book. This plan was off the charts with the Lido hole, Redan, Cypress #16 & 15, first green complex at St Andrews. I am sure a better eye could find other excellent attributes. The reason I state that the holes resemble these fine holes, is that is exactly what the club wanted. The great holes from around the world. We have a news paper article from 1927, with H. Cotton and Aubrey Boomer consulting for the club to create a course with great holes from around the world.
This plan is very unique in that when Mackenzie drew it, the land did not exist. Meaning it was swamp land and that only a small portion existed. Mac drew a preliminary 9 hole routing that would evolve into the the 18. They did build the 9 hole routing and it evolved into a different beast. The land was prone to high winds that in the winter swamped the course and flood it for months. A large dike was built and the features that made the course special were gone. Carlos Blasi, the pro at the club, became the new architect and the current golf course has no Mackenzie traits or flare. So, with the El Nautico, we have the 9 hole early plan, and the 18 hole plan.
Nautico is neat because there was no land, and to boot it was dead flat. The features were added from dredge spoils. The Mar Del Plata plot has gentle slope and is maybe more sight specific, but would not be difficult to reproduce, in my humble opinion.
Very exciting stuff, glad to see the interest. I know how passionate we are about Mackenzie's work, so alot of details to fill in and execute correctly. Any help is well appreciated.