Mackenzie & Ebert

Full Name
Colin Thomas Mackenzie and Martin Geoffrey Ebert
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Year of Birth
1966 (both)
Place Born
Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Scotland and Isleworth, Middlesex, England

Tom Mackenzie and Martin Ebert were lead designers at Donald Steel & Co. for fifteen years before starting their own company in 2005. They advise seven of the ten current Open venues and consult at a large number of clubs with courses ranked in our Britain & Ireland Top 100.

Tom Mackenzie was born in the west of Scotland, the son of a mechanical engineer father and a mother who was a historian and Old Norse linguist. While still a teenager, his family moved to the Highlands and he spent a good part of his formative golfing years in Dornoch working as a greenkeeper and a caddy.

He carried Seve Ballesteros’s bag when he came to play an exhibition match at his old club and he later spent a year on the European Tour caddying for professionals like Andrew Oldcorn and Jeff Hawkes. Mackenzie studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot Watt University, playing to a low single figure handicap when competing in university golf matches.

Tom graduated with a Landscape Architecture degree in 1989 and began work almost immediately with Donald Steel, which was a dream start for a young man setting out in his design career. A member of West Sussex Golf Club, he’s also a member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects, serving as president from 2015 to 2107.

Martin Ebert was inspired as a teenager by reading the World Atlas of Golf : The Greatest Courses and How they are Played and designing imaginary courses. He enrolled at Cambridge University to study engineering, organising the university golf club’s tour to the northeast of the United States of America in 1989, the year of the 100th Varsity Match.

After gaining a degree in his chosen subject, Martin did a postgraduate year which meant another year of university golf, naturally. He then teamed up with Tom MacKenzie in Donald Steel’s design firm in 1990, leading to a variety of assignments over the following fifteen years in eighteen different c...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Mackenzie & Ebert

Abaco Club

1st Bahamas Ranking 5th Caribbean Ranking

The Abaco Club has been laid out on predominantly low lying sandy ground next to the turquoise Atlantic Ocean with hard and fast-running tee to green surfaces.

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Askernish

13th North Scotland - Best in Area 98th Scotland Ranking

The Askernish golf course was created by Old Tom Morris back in 1891 but over the years, it fell into disrepair. In 2008 the Askernish Golf Club came back to life.

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Beaufort

9th Kerry - Best in Area

A relative newcomer on the Kerry golfing scene is Beaufort Golf Club, near Killarney where a fine 18-hole layout was opened in 1995...

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Bom Sucesso

12th Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 41st Portugal Ranking

Set within a substantial residential development that lies close to Portugal’s Silver Coast, many of the elements of the Bom Sucesso design were fashioned with a nod towards the old classic layouts...

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Bovey Castle

5th Devon - Best in Area

Bovey Castle golf course is set magically in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. It's an English treasure originally laid out by J.F. Abercromby.

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Cannes-Mougins

7th South East France - Best in Area 35th France Ranking

Located just a few miles inland from the famous Promenande de la Croisette in Cannes, the fairways of the Cannes Mougins Golf & Country Club nestle in the foothills of the Southern Alps...

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Carnegie Abbey

12th Rhode Island - Best in Area

A Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie design, the Carnegie Abbey Club is routed across wetlands where the Battle of Rhode Island was fought. Constructed with a light touch, it contains few sand traps and four holes are bunkerless.

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Craigielaw

17th Lothians - Best in Area 79th Scotland Ranking

Craigielaw Golf Club has blended so well into the landscape, you would be hard pressed to know that it was anything less than a century old.

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Delamere Forest

2nd Cheshire - Best in Area 46th England Ranking

Delamere Forest Golf Club is a delightful Herbert Fowler designed course. Fowler made full use of the natural, undulating heathland.

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