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SeanExcellent tour! As per usual.Just thought I'd add two early plans of the course, the first of which is Mackenzie's own plan for the course, followed by what is the "as built" plan of the course after construction by the British Golf Course Construction Co, so it's kind of interesting to compare the two.The other interesting fact is that Cavendish, built by Mackenzie for the Duke of Devonshire, is probably the best documented of any of Mackenzie's courses, as the archives of the estate hold a wealth of material including plans, invoices and letters from Mackenzie to the estate managers. A new cache has recently been unearthed in the archives by Richard Atherton of Cavendish GC and the Alister Mackenzie Society. Neil
Well, I knew it would happen! Sean Arble beat me to putting up photos of the gorgeous little Cavendish! I knew I should have got up there this summer...But seriously Sean, great to see Cavendish on here (I think Tommy W put some photos up a couple of years ago?) And thanks to Neil for the plans. Not sure everyone will have noticed but MacKenzie did design it to originally be 2 loops of 9 holes, and I thought it may have played like that for a while, but it looks from the as built plan that it never was? Another interesting point from the plan is that MacKenzie designed the first 3 holes to all be much longer but then it looks like they didnt develop beyond one of the stone walls (marked by the dashed red line on the attachement below) and the 4th green was originally on the other side of the stream at the bottom of the gully? Here is a link from the website to some old photos of the course:http://www.cavendishgolfclub.com/oldcavphotos/Bit busy at work so I'll have to keep this brief but thanks again Sean,Cheers,James
Thanks again Sean for the photos and Neil for the maps.Looking through your photos Sean is the first time I’ve seen the course for a couple of years so a nice refresher.The 2nd is a very narrow green, with a very severe left to right slope, with a stone wall hard behind and OOB behind that. Just to ease you into the round…The 3rd is a great driveable par 4, but being a drop shot, if you have a lash its very easy to be very wild from the fairway or green. However, its short enough that even modest hitter stands a chance.I’ve always loved the ridge that acts as a backdrop for the 5th and 14th greens. The 5th is over more meadow like ground but I think it’s a great par 4.Your photo of the 7th with a stream running across the fairway threw me for a minute. Unless I’m cracking up that’s a fairly new feature, and it certainly doesn’t show on either of Neil’s plans. Looked at the Google aerial and there appears to be a shallow ditch running across the fairway which was cut as fairway. I assume that’s where the ditch is now?The 9th green was recently rebuilt by Steven Marnoch, though it had apparently been rebuilt in the 60s? (I think when he was still at Gaunt & Marnoch)http://www.golfmarnoch.com/golf-course-country-cavendish.htmlCould be a great little hole but just doesn’t work for me?Now to the tenth hole. This has always been a favourite of mine, now as some of you on here would say “Callng Tom Doak”. I believe this is a favourite hole of his as he lists it as the 10th hole in his 18 best MacKenzie holes, in his Confidential Guide. He also gives the hole a short paragraph and a nice picture in the “Life and Works…” he co-authored.I agree Sean that 12 is probably one of the lesser holes, but I’m sure its still a pretty fun green. 13 is a great uphill par 3, which when I was younger and just getting interested in golf architecture I always assumed to be a bit Redan like, and though it is clearly missing some of the key features, a drawn approach taking on the little bunker short right can run all the way to a back left hole position, when a high shot would struggle to hold the green. And 14 is a great par 5. It may be quite flat which makes it out of character with a lot of Derbyshire golf, but the dry stone wall is very much of the area! I have to admit I don’t recall 15 being that much of a drop shot, but what a green!Lastly, the 18th with its rumpled fairway, certainly leaves some interesting stances if you happen to have a long club in your hands.Growing up in Derbyshire, Cavendish always had a reputation of small, and very fast, slick greens. There were many stories of people putting off the 14th green that is raised up and having a 50 yard pitch back, though I don’t think they are so fast these days?In “the life and works…” Tom Doak mentions that this is one of MacKenzies more polished courses from that period of his work, so, what are you all waiting for?Cheers,James
Sean, I played Cavendish a few years ago with Mark Rowlinson. I was a delight. Here is alink to some pictures I posted of the course.http://golfclubatlas.com/forum/index.php/topic,34493.0/