Tom Mackenzie BA Hons
Martin Ebert MA (Cantab), MEng
Chris Huggett HND (ED)

The primary inspiration for my career is shared with perhaps the greatest golf architect of them all, Donald Ross. We both spent our formative golfing years in Dornoch whose magnificent greens and subtleties left an indelible impression.

My love for links golf has continued to grow and is highly influential in my approach to design. This passion for golf, plus a lifelong interest in landscapes, led to a degree in Landscape Architecture, a subject that offered the perfect foundation for a golf course architect.

On graduation in 1989 I achieved my dream start, working for Donald Steel in my career of choice. This relationship led to the formation of Mackenzie & Ebert.

A love of the landscape and deep appreciation of links golf combine in my designs to create courses that sit comfortably in their setting and which offer a wealth of shot-making permutations, particularly around the greens. My natural philosophy is that the best golf courses make the most of the site’s existing features and work with the landform, a belief that I share with Martin.Too many modern courses lack soul because the land has been bulldozed into submission.

I am a former university golfer with a category one handicap. As part of my apprenticeship, I caddied on the European Tour for a full season, a year where I learnt a great deal about professional golf and course strategy. The highlight was caddying in the Open Championship at St. Andrews. Further invaluable experience was gained working as a greenkeeper at Royal Dornoch. I have served as Committee Member and Chairman of the Green Committee at a previous club.

I now play at West Sussex and Royal Dornoch. I am also a member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects.

A career in golf became my goal following a year long organisation of the Cambridge University Golf Club’s tour to the United States in 1989, the year of the 100th Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge. It was a privileged experience to have visited such a great array of the traditional, old courses and clubs of the North Eastern US and it reinforced my views of how golf courses should be eased into the landscape. This appreciation had been forged from playing many of the great seaside links and inland courses of the UK with the Cambridge team.

Golf at university was mixed with studying Engineering, firstly to gain a degree but this was followed by a postgraduate year with the main advantage being another year of golf. However, the engineering discipline proved to be extremely useful in supporting the drawing skills and technical abilities required of a golf course architect. Even with the most accurate plans though, the communication of ideas between the architect and shaper is the key to obtaining the best results.

Donald Steel offered me a welcome opportunity to assist him with the design of courses around the world in 1990. That has led to fascinating working experiences in 18 countries.

Membership of Woking Golf Club provided an education in the field of golf course architecture. In the early 1900s, Stuart Paton and John Low had turned the course from an ordinary heathland layout into a strategic classic with some wonderful greens inspired by the Old Course at St. Andrews. I am also a member of the Royal & Ancient Golf Cub allowing me to make regular visits to the Home of Golf, Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club, with its timeless nine hole course, the Hawks’ Club, the Oxford & Cambridge Golfing Society, the Cambridge University Stymies and The Dinner Match Society in the United States.

Chris studied Engineering Design at Chichester College of Technology. He joined Donald Steel & Company in October 2000 and became responsible for the graphic design department of the company, moving on to work with Mackenzie & Ebert. His role combines technical and creative expertise to present the design work in a clear and professional form.

This has led Chris to gain a mastery of a large number of graphics software packages such as Autodesk Civil 3D, AutoCad 2009 and the Adobe Suite. amongst others. The use of Autodesk Civil 3D allows the creation of 3d models for earth movement analysis by comparing the existing surface with the proposed surface, for large or small sites. Adobe Photoshop can be used to create visualisations of future holes or changes to existing holes. He also provides a surveying service out in the field for the smaller, existing golf course projects.