Cavendish - Derbyshire - England

Cavendish Golf Club,
Gadley Lane,
SK17 6XD,

  • +44 (0) 1298 79708

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  • 25 miles SE of Manchester, off the A6/A5004

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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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Description: Cavendish Golf Club is an undulating and partially wooded layout set within the Duke of Devonshire's estate. This MacKenzie course offers wonderful views over the Peak District. Rating: 6.8 out of 10 Reviews: 12
Alex Sherratt
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, Cavendish Golf Course - photo by reviewerthey 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 !
July 02, 2011
8 / 10
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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.
May 23, 2005
6 / 10
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