Dr Alister MacKenzie, the celebrated course designer, was commissioned by the Duke of Devonshire in 1923 to lay out a new 18-hole course, replacing a 9-hole course in nearby Buxton. The course at Cavendish Golf Club was ready for play two years later and it has remained virtually unchanged in character for more than three quarters of a century.
With an overall length a modest 5,721 yards and a par of 68, Cavendish holds true to a couple of MacKenzie’s design principles – that the golf course should look as natural as possible (with artificial features blending in seamlessly with the landscape) and, above all, be interesting to players of all abilities.
Cavendish has plenty to arouse the golfer – whether it be it the elevated tee position of the short par three 4th hole, the blind drive at the 8th hole, the two-tiered green on the 9th or the crescent shaped putting surface on the 13th – there’s many stimulating design features to enjoy during the round where accurate approach play is essential in making a reasonable score around here.
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There is not much you can fault about the course at Cavendish Golf Club. I have played nearly all courses in Derbyshire and I can see why this course is voted no.1 in the district from undulating greens to carpet like fairways. The only advance I can give is that it tends to rain a lot in the peak district, so always check on the website or by phone the course conditions. The course holds some amazing holes and views. This course is all about course management. The 18th is the best finishing hole I’ve ever played.
fantastic golf course, some of the hardest greens to putt on, very undulating greens. short but a very good test of golf, in a fantastic setting , not easy to shoot par. go and play it, you wont be disapointed
Very average course, some good holes but nothing to shout about - apart from the 18th which I felt was a great finishing hole. The course was very shabby in places with some of the bunkers in appalling condition. Can now say I've played Derbyshire's number 1 ranked course but I won't be back in a hurry.
that is because you played it after the worst weather conditions we have had in many years, play again in the summer and you shall not be disapointed
It is clear that Cavendish is very pleased to be associated with MacKenzie and so it should. The course uses the natural landscape extremely well, with some excellent holes throughout. When looking at the scorecard I thought the par 3's (which are normally my weakness) wouldn't prove a problem; how wrong I was! Never before has a course, or designer, used the land so effectively on the par 3's. Three of them measure less than 125 yards and the other two are short irons, all 5 are classic examples. Yes, at times the course can be repetitive and there's only one par 5 but that really doesnt take anything away from a brilliant course. The holes from 4 to 11 are fantastic, plenty of changes of elevation with trouble to be careful of. I think the only aspect that is keeping the big boys away is the length, I , playing off 8, had a front 9 of 31. Could not fault the fantastic condition of the course and the clubhouse has some nice historical touches too.
Played on the last Weds in June 2011, the 1st leg of our Peak District trip and this was all of our favourite ! Watch out for the Mackenzie greens, they will catch you out, they are very subtle and quite often the pin can be placed on a little table making the putting very tricky ! The first three holes are a slight let down but after that the course gets better and better, the layout is lovely with a super mix of holes and the elevation (some uphill some downhill) makes it very pleasing to the eye. You do need to be straight on some holes but there is room on others. Best hole is possibly the 5th (uphill into the wind) a great Par 4 ! but the downhill 9th is a little gem with a devilish sloping green - beware !
Lovely course, and amazing value for money. Greens were fast and tricky, but fair. The par 3s are probably the stand-out holes, mostly involving changes in elevation and fraught with danger.
Superb overall, would go back in a flash. Highly recommended.
This is one of my favourite gems – superb greens, fast and true and with some devilish contours which is what you’d expect from the master MacKenzie himself. It’s a course that all players will enjoy and there are some delightful Peak District views. I think this is a really fair course and the layout is excellent. Good value too – well worth playing.