As many of you will know, Alistair MacKenzie had a great influence at Ilkley Golf Club. In fact, according to the archives, he was a member. He first advised Ilkley in 1908, which was prior to designing Moortown and just after Alwoodley. The above photograph shows the 15th hole designed by the great man.
His final commission for the Club came in 1926, which included a comprehensive plan for the whole course. This was at a time when MacKenzie was at the peak of his career, as he was designing Royal Melbourne the same year and had also been awarded the commission to design Cyprus Point.
To ensure the course maintains the MacKenzie heritage, we commissioned world renowned architects, Mackenzie and Ebert, to finalise the design for our stunning new look par five sixth hole, as well as redesigning the approach to the fourth green and making other subtle changes to the course.
If you play a course regularly you don’t always notice things change, that’s because Mother Nature slowly takes over.
It is interesting, therefore, when someone with an expert eye, such as MacKenzie and Ebert, point out changes that have happened and how the course can be improved.
We have therefore made a number of changes to the course on their recommendation.
You will see the greenside bunker on the right of the fourth green has been moved from behind the giant sequoia that had obscured it over time.
The bunker is now positioned more to the front of the green which means golfers have to play down the left hand side of the fairway, closer to the river, to ensure the best route in to the flag.
In addition, you will see that trees have been removed around the course to create more light and air to the greens and tees as well as opening up some more fabulous views.
We hope you will enjoy the changes and find your golf at Ilkley even more enjoyable