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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

MacKenzie Society Outing at Sharp Park

17th Tee
I had a great day playing a scramble at Sharp Park with Russ, Oliver, and Chris of the visiting MacKenzie Society.  The membership of the MacKenzie Society are mostly Club players from Alister MacKenzie designed courses the world over.  Every year they schedule an event/pilgrimage to one of the member courses.  This year, the host was the Meadow Club

It was billed as a tournament, but it was more like a casual introduction of private club golfers to our "cheerful" "scruffy" municipal diamond in the rough.  These are players with a deep appreciation of the MacKenzie pedigree, but are accustomed to more carefully groomed greens and fairways. I had to bone up on the course history and the comparison to the original MacKenzie layout so I could pretend to offer some expertise to these patrons of the game's greatest architect. As per usual, if  I didn't know the answer to the questions, I just made stuff up. 

Good guys and a fun round - some pics from the day:

Assembling at the clubhouse before the shotgun start

16th Tee
16th Approach
5th Tee - Par 3 - Fleming designed hole
11th Tee (Original MacKenzie 1st)
2nd Tee (Original MacKenize 15th)
3rd Tee (Original MacKenzie 13th)

10th Green (original MacKenzie 18th)
15th Green, 17th Green, 16th Fairway Panorama (click to bigify)

11th Tee (Original MacKenzie 1st)

San Francisco Public Golf Alliance Co-Founder Bo Links updates the Society on progress at Sharp

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