In 1926, Alister MacKenzie traveled from England to Australia to fit out the New South Wales Golf Club in Australia. Ninety-six years later, another Mackenzie from England will seek to follow in those same footsteps.

Consistently ranked among the top 50 courses in the world, the New South Wales Golf Club, outside Sydney, has retained the services of the British company Mackenzie and Ebert produce a blueprint for course improvement. The members anticipate that the results will help maximize the potential of this remarkable and historic property.

“Mackenzie & Ebert have an established reputation for successfully and sympathetically improving courses of all types, especially windy seaside courses such as ours, including Turnberry, Royal Portrush, Royal Dornoch and Royal St. George’s” said club president Chris Coudounaris. said.

On behalf of Martin Ebert, Tom Mackenzie expressed his enthusiasm for the project.

“Having traveled to Australia to meet and present to the club’s board in August, we are extremely delighted to be appointed to work with New South Wales Golf Club on the refurbishment of their course,” he said. . “This is an incredible property and the course is already highly rated, but there is so much room for improvement. Our shared priorities, as per the brief, are to make the course even more interesting, fairer and playable for members and, at the same time, more varied, strategic and challenging for the best players. This is an incredible opportunity for MacKenzie & Ebert to work in Australia for the first time, particularly at another world-class golf course.”

New South Wales is sacred ground to Australians, as it was here – Botany Bay, where the fifth and sixth holes converge – in 1770 that Captain James Cook of Britain’s Royal Navy “discovered” the ‘Australia.

MacKenzie designed the route in 1926 and he laid it on top of an extremely hilly property filled with ridges and valleys, providing superb variety. While the good doctor didn’t create the course’s most famous hole, the par-3 sixth that plays over Cape Banks – which was added by Eric Apperly in 1937 – he did carve out a handful of memorable tests elsewhere. , including the downhill but on the windy par-5 fifth, with the ocean looming attractively in the background and the short par-4 14th with its biting tee as much as you can chew pulled over from a brush filled ravine to a chaotically crumpled fairway.

Mackenzie and Ebert intend to make the various architectural elements more cohesive and improve strategy, playability, and aesthetics. They also intend to renovate the 18 green complexes together, over the course of a summer, to ensure overall consistency. Renovation work is expected to begin in 2024.

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Add another reason to take the long flight to New Zealand.

Te Arai Links, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, has opened. Conceived by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshawthe Te Arai Links South Course was completed in the fall of 2021, but allowed to grow and mature before officially opening.

Located several kilometers south of the world Top 20 Tara Iti, a Tom Doak design, Te Arai will be much more accessible to outdoor play. The course features spacious fairways and large but challenging greens, as well as ocean views throughout. Doak began work on the Te Arai North Course earlier this year.

Fazio Canyons at Barton Creek.

(Photo: Omni Barton Creek Resort)

FAZIO CANYONS OPEN FOR BUSINESS AGAIN
Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Texas has reopened its Fazio Canyons golf course after a seven-month, $5 million renovation.

Located in the Hill Country on the outskirts of Austin, the course was designed by Tom Fazio in 1999. Fazio and his team contributed significantly to the project to ensure that the integrity of the original design stood above all else. Works included new tee boxes for more length, improved greens and bunkers and improved irrigation. Updated irrigation was particularly important.

“The renovation of Fazio Canyons will allow additional flexibility to the golf course to withstand today’s top players,” said Scott Abernathy, Omni’s Director of Agronomy. “The new state-of-the-art irrigation system gives us more control and the ability to ensure optimal course conditions all year round.”

Long a member of various “best” lists for the best public-access and resort courses in the United States, Fazio Canyons is on the verge of regaining its lofty status.

“We are very excited about the work being done at Fazio Canyons,” said Tom Fazio. “The evolution of the golf course will maximize playability and playing conditions while the added length will allow for golf at all levels of play.”