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Cavendish Golf Club, Buxton

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Cavendish Golf Club in Buxton, Derbyshire, opened in 1925 and was designed by Alister MacKenzie. The course is 5,721 yards (5,231 m) long with a par of 68. It is consistently voted as one of the top 100 golf courses in England.

In 1923, Victor Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire, commissioned Dr Alister MacKenzie to create and build an 18-hole golf course on moorland owned by the Devonshire estate in Buxton. The course was open to men and women from its opening in 1925. The Cavendish was one of MacKenzie's last UK course designs. He went on to design courses in Australasia, South America and the USA, including the world-famous Augusta National golf course, which opened in 1932 and hosts The Masters annual major golf championship. The Cavendish course was bought by the members from the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1955. Although the course is under 6,000 yards long, the design of the sloping greens is acknowledged as its main challenge. The course record of 61 is 7 under par.
In the 1990s, many native deciduous trees were planted around the course, funded by grants from the Forestry Commission. This has changed the nature of the course from a windy exposed links-style to play more like a parkland-style course.
Buxton and High Peak Golf Club was the first golf course in Buxton, founded in 1886 on Fairfield Common. In 1899, the Ladies Golf Club's nine hole course was set out on Temple Meads (which was developed as a housing estate in the 1960s). After the First World War, Canadian troops based in Buxton created a toboggan run across the first three fairways of the Cavendish course. The toboggan run is still marked on the OS Explorer Map OL24. The Peak District Boundary Walk runs across the golf course.
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  • I was one of 26 members of Irlam Catholic Golf Society who visited and played the course yesterday. I have to say we were extremely well looked after by all of the staff on the day. The staff in the....  more
    I was one of 26 members of Irlam Catholic Golf Society who visited and played the course yesterday. I have to say we were extremely well looked after by all of the staff on the day. The staff in the....  more »
  • Poor course with uneven tees and collapsed greens which have absurd slopes, Over-priced green fees and simply not worth the money. If you are a keen golfer, avoid this place. 
    Poor course with uneven tees and collapsed greens which have absurd slopes, Over-priced green fees and simply not worth the money. If you are a keen golfer, avoid this place.  more »
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  • Outstanding venue. Hospitable, friendly, good service. Splendid food and drink. Gorgeous views. Just held a reception after my father's funeral here and it couldn't have been bettered. It made a very sad occasion into a celebration.
  • What a great course. Not only top top quality but outstanding value too. even in iffy weather this was just a joy. Highly recommended

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