Dr. Alister MacKenzie
At South Moor, he created a stunning county championship venue oozing natural charm as it winds between gorse, heather and bracken in a superb heathland layout.
We started life as a miners only National Coal Board golf club in 1923. Bearing in mind Augusta hosts the Masters, our members are fond of pointing out MacKenzie designed courses range from miners to majors!
Golfers who would enjoy the challenge of testing their putting on a MacKenzie trademark so noticeable at Augusta – beautifully shaped greens which are fast, mainly vast, varied and sloping – will get a thrill out of playing South Moor.
MacKenzie was a friend of Basil Sadler, managing director of Holmside & South Moor Collieries. Like the coal mines, sadly both men are no longer with us although the name MacKenzie is forever enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
For connoisseurs of golf, South Moor should not be missed. How appropriate it is that, when the club motto, nil nisi optimum, is translated from the Latin it means “nothing but the best.”