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2012 Lido Prize Competition

The Conditions of the Competition (Adapted from the 1914 Country Life contest)

Special Note: All entries for 2012 must be a par 3 design.

March 12, 2012

1. The judges awards shall be final and subject to no appeal.

2. The definition of a one-shot hole for the purposes of the competition shall be a hole that is not less than 95 yards nor more than 240 yards in length, as measured from the back of the teeing ground to the center of the green.

3. No competitor may submit more than one drawing. The drawing MUST be accompanied by an entry form as supplied by the competition committee. The envelope containing the entry must be clearly marked on the outside with "MacKenzie Golf Architecture Drawing" and addressed to Chair, Alister MacKenzie Lido Prize Committee, Green Hills C.C., End of Ludeman Lane, Millbrae, CA 94030.

4. The entry must be drawn by hand, including any that may be computer assisted. They may be in black and white or in color. They must show the putting green, teeing ground, fairway, rough, bunkers, hazards, sand hills, mounds, water, roads, and any other features. These should be designated by symbols similar to those in the "Lido" drawing shown separately. The side view of ground elevations (fairway/green) should be similar to that shown in the "Lido" sample drawing.

5. It is recommended, though not required, that a memorandum setting out the merits of the design be included as a separate document. Such memorandum cannot exceed one side of an 8 1/2 " by 11" sheet of paper.

6. The drawing must bear no logo nor the competitor's name and address.

7. All drawings must be submitted by June 15, 2012. The winner will be announced by June 30, 2012.

8. The Alister MacKenzie Society reserves the right to publish any entry in any form and in any publications it deems appropriate.

9. All possible care will be taken of the drawing and memoranda, but the Lido Contest Committee accepts no responsibility for their loss or damage.

NOTE: Submitted drawings will NOT be returned unless a self-addressed envelope bearing sufficient stamps is enclosed along with the entry.


Announcing the 2012 Alister MacKenzie
"Lido" Prize in Golf Architecture
$3,000.00 Cash Prize for Winner and in addition,
$2,000.00 for attending at
The Jockey Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 11-14, 2012


What is The Lido Prize? It is awarded annually by members of the Alister MacKenzie Society to honor the memory of Dr. Alister MacKenzie and recognize the design potential of an up and coming architect. The winner will be invited to attend and participate in the annual Society gathering to be held at The Jockey Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 11-14, 2012.

What does the name Lido come from? In 1914, Dr. MacKenzie's drawing of a "two-shot hole" for the Lido Golf Course (on Long Island, no longer in existence) won first place in a competition in Country Life Magazine. The sketch, shown separately, proved to be an important step in developing his reputation. His books "Golf Architecture" and "Spirit of St. Andrews" expressed his design philosophy.

Who was Dr. MacKenzie? He was a multi-talented man who served as a surgeon in the Boer War and as a camouflage expert in World War I, and eventually became recognized as one of the greatest golf architects of all time. The legacy of his design talents can be found in great golf courses in the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Argentina.

What distinguished Dr. MacKenzie as a golf architect? MacKenzie designed courses can often be recognized by distinguishing features. Some of these are:

• There should be variety in the design of holes and they should be fun to play.
• Holes should be fair and challenging for golfers of all skill levels.
• Holes should make use of the natural features of the land.
• Bunkering should guide the player's strategy for playing the course and should "frame" shots to any greens that are "blind."
• Contours and/or multiple tiers add interest to greens. The green should provide an access route for weaker players and present a challenge for more skilled players.

What kind of design should be submitted? The competition will be restricted to the design of a proposed (not existing) "One shot," par-three hole. The design should be in the form of an elaborated sketch giving the viewer a clear idea of how the hole would be constructed and played. It should show yardages, tee locations, alternative playing routes, hazards, bunkers, green location and contours with alternative pin placements, and side elevation of the terrain.

Drawings may NOT be larger than 11"X17."

Download the entry form here and submit completed entries to:

Chair, Alister MacKenzie Lido Competition in Golf Architecture
Green Hills Country Club
End of Ludeman Lane
Millbrae, CA 94030

What is the deadline? Entries must be received by June 15, 2012.

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