The Cut : The Cut - Summer 2017
GOLF & LEISURE 149 Dr Alister MacKenzie was headed to Melbourne, it quickly convinced him – for the princely consulting fee of £250 – to make an excursion northeast to Sydney. Commissioning the genius behind Augusta, Royal Melbourne and Titirangi, among many other esteemed tracks, proved to be the best investment they ever made. “This is a sand-duned peninsula which overlooks Botany Bay and presents, I think, more spectacular views than any other place I know, with the possible exception of the new Cypress Point golf course I am doing on the Del Monte peninsula in California,” a smitten MacKenzie told Golf Illustrated a year later. The original par-73 layout was officially opened in July 1928 and included three par-3s, four par-5s and 11 par-4 holes, five of which were under 300 metres long. While the founding members were understandably chuffed with the good doctor’s handiwork, their confidence at bankrolling such a costly venture would be sorely tested. A year after cutting the ribbon, a stock market crash put the brakes on MacKenzie’s layout tweaks and bunkering installation and when the R&A lifted its ban on steel shafts in 1929, it soon became clear the course was too short. But the biggest upheaval would come a little over a decade later when World War II spread to the Pacific in December 1941. Considered a crucial fortification point from which to repel invading Japanese, the course was occupied by the Army Set amid scrub-covered sand hills and valleys that slope down to the Pacific Ocean, this stirring layout is bordered by breathtaking water views on three sides.
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