Augusta National, Cypress Point, Royal Melbourne, Pasatiempo and Crystal Downs have two things in common – each golf course was designed by Alister MacKenzie and has a become veritable cathedral of the game.
Former United States Golf Association President Sandy Tatum called Cypress Point “the Sistine Chapel of Golf.” Since opening in 1928, Cypress Point’s par-3 16th hole has been called the most photogenic in the world. Initially, MacKenzie considered making No. 16 a do-or-die par 4, but he was convinced otherwise by U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Marion Hollins.
“The amazing thrill of driving successfully over the ocean at the 16th hole at Cypress Point,” MacKenzie said, “more than compensates for the loss of a dozen balls.”