MacKenzie’s Alwoodley is restored


MacKenzie’s Alwoodley is restored
Sean Dudley

Alwoodley Golf Club in Leeds, England, the first course designed by the legendary architect Dr Alister MacKenzie, is undergoing a bunker restoration at the hands of fellow Scot Ken Moodie.

Moodie, principal of Creative Golf Design, was hired by Alwoodley to conduct a course review in 2009, and, as a result of that review, commissioned to recapture the naturalistic quality of MacKenzie’s original bunkers, much of which has been lost over the years. Using old aerials, dating back to the 1940s, plus the club’s extensive archives, a number of bunkers that have been filled are also being replaced. Sand lines are being raised to recreate MacKenzie’s desired visual effects.

Holes seven and thirteen were restored late in 2009, while the first, second, seventeenth and eighteenth are being worked on at the moment. Moodie has also recently started a similar project at Moortown, MacKenzie’s second course, which is nearby.

A more detailed review of the Alwoodley restoration project will appear in the forthcoming issue 23 of GCA. Subscribe to receive the magazine.