1870 Birthday of Dr. Alister MacKenzie
golf course architect,Perhaps the most famous name in the history of golf course design, Dr. Alexander “Alister” MacKenzie was born and raised in England. He graduated from Cambridge University with degrees in medicine, natural science in chemistry and started practicing medicine. MacKenzie, who became an avid golfer in his late 20s, became involved in golf course architecture when he assisted H.S. Colt in the design of Alwoodley GC. He eventually settled in America and worked on renowned courses such as Cypress Point, Crystal Downs and Augusta National Golf Club, which he designed with nine-time USGA champion Bob Jones.