A renowned Alister Mackenzie course designed by the Master back in 1925 is still largely unchanged and provides a hugely satisfying test on a sloping site just outside Buxton in the heart of the Peak District.
At under 5600 yards from the yellow tees with a par of just 68, Cavendish may seem a pushover, but the reality is very different. The typical Mackenzie green complexes are probably the course’s biggest defence with huge movement and very few straightforward putts, but the incredible variety of the holes provides a thrilling ride for the golfer.
After three short par 4s to start which introduce the need for an assured short game, the course just gets better and better. All 5 par 3s are excellent holes but it is the giant 10th and classical 11th which are probably best remembered, before a rousing finish at the supremely tough final hole.
Course conditioning is barely adequate but this mustn’t detract from a very special sequence of 18 holes in the Derbyshire countryside. Cavendish provides a majestic setting and enjoyable place in which to play the game.
Date: May 18, 2021