MacKenzie’s maxims were realised at a host of courses throughout the 1920s, culminating with his 1928 design of California’s Cypress Point Club and Pasatiempo. A year later after Bobby Jones had played both these courses, Jones was then convinced Alister MacKenzie was the man to build his dream course – the Augusta National Golf Club, Home of the Masters, which embodies MacKenzie’s precepts.
Among MacKenzie’s many admiring architects, and influenced by him, is Steve Smyers who said
“The thing that stands out for me is his spectacular bunkering. In both aesthetics and positioning, he was a master – absolutely brilliant. He used few bunkers, but he positioned them in such a way that they were in the line of play and in the line of sight, so they could scare and excite you, and thrill you with the risk/reward possibilities, but always he left a route that would let you play around them. MacKenzie tried to create excitement in a round, but he always provided options for every class of golfer and always gave you a chance to recover after a missed shot.”
Dr MacKenzie, remembered affectionately as a robust man, affable and tactful yet forthright, had a clear view not only on the designs of golf courses, but on the game itself. He belittled those who played in the “card and pencil” spirit as opposed to embracing golf with the “spirit of adventure.”