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Dr. Alister MacKenzie

is revered as one of the greatest golf course architects ever to put pencil to paper.  But like many course designers he had a roundabout way of coming to the game.  Originally trained as a doctor he never really earned a living in medicine.  In World War I he served in the military with a specialization in camouflage.  He carried that skill into course design and some of his creations are listed as the greatest, and most timeless courses ever built.  MacKenzie’s Cypress Point, Royal Melbourne, Pasatiempo and his most famous design, Augusta National, rank as the standard to which other courses are measured.  Today’s course architects continue to use MacKenzie’s design features and rules in designing their courses.


Our Philosophy

Learn About Our Approach to Golf Course Design

Our approach to design is land-based

Land-based design means that the design of each hole is primarily influenced by our first-hand experiences on the site, rather than relying solely on ideas conceived while separated from the actual site experience. The key to building on time and on budget lies in the quality of preparation during the design process, before construction begins.

Quality is achieved by spending the necessary amount of time on site, and in consultation with the client and the client’s consultants to resolve most of the issues related to the design and construction of the course before construction begins.

The inherent characteristics of a property that can give tremendous character to a course are there to be found, as long as we are receptive to them. No maps, pictures, videos, or literature of or about the site can adequately supplant the personal experience on the land. Our approach is a reversal of a bad trend in design offices. Many offices have eagerly pursued the marketing and brand name frenzy to the point that this consumes more than half the office hours. Left with little time for design, the design work has been passed down to second and third level designers who do most of their creative work on a client’s project in the office, rarely, if ever, seeing the site. Many offices are preoccupied with their own packaging and marketing, course rankings, and generating fame and notoriety for themselves. For us, land-based design allows us to leave behind this mass-market approach, and open up our minds to the land dedicated for a golf course. Land-based design begins and ends with a face-to-face encounter with the land, with nature. In this way, we are more willing to cooperate with nature, not impose a will to make it conform.



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How much land is required to build a Golf Course?

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How much does it cost to build a Golf Course in India?

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Why 9 Hole Executive Golf Course?

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Affordable Golf Courses

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Is there a standard Design & Development process?


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The Grass Can be Greener on Your Side Too

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Invigorate Your Membership              

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Different types of Golf Courses

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Hydro seeding in Golf Courses

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Architects need to be face-to-face with nature

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Golf Course Feasibility Study

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Sustainable Golf Course Design & Maintenance

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Golf & Environment

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Golf in India

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Blog 23

Corporate Golf

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Golf Resort design in India

We’ve been working in India for over two decades now and it’s been an incredible experience right from ...

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The Magic of the Golf Course Site

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Sustainable Golf enviroment

The society and community is always benefited by a well designed sustainable golf course. Sustainable...

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Golf course design philosophy

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Type of Golf Courses

Several terms refer to the type of golf course which may be developed...

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Small is the new big thing!!!

Small is big, don’t we hear about it most of the time, especially in the last few years. This simply means...

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Hole Nine Yards

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Akoya by DAMAC (The Beverly Hills of Dubai)

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