Calling All Armchair Architects
January 18, 2017

2017 Lido Prize Competition Rules

Here are the rules for this year's competition. Special Note: All entries for 2017 must be a par-5 design.

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



Announcing the 2017 Alister MacKenzie

"Lido" Prize in Golf Architecture

$3,000 Cash Prize for Winner and in addition,

$2,000 for attending at St. Charles Country Club, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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 St. Charles Country Club, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, August 27-30, 2017.

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) “Three shot, par 5 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".

Email almaclido@ sbcglobal.net for entry form and submit entries to:

Gene Zanardi

Chair, Alister MacKenzie Lido Competition in Golf Architecture

Green Hills Country Club

End of Ludeman Lane

Millbrae, CA 94030