The MacKenzie Course at Haggin Oaks
The MacKenzie Golf Course was designed in 1932 by the renowned Dr. Alister MacKenzie, who designed several of the world’s top courses, including Augusta National, Royal Melbourne, and Cypress Point. The MacKenzie Golf Course is a classic “parkland” golf course with flat to rolling terrain. The fairways are lined with mature oak trees and the Arcade Creek meanders through the middle of the course. The course hosted the PGA Tour’s Sacramento Open from 1935-1938, and legendary players participated each year including Walter Hagen, Jimmy Demaret, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead and Ben Hogan. The course also hosted the 1963 U.S. Public Links Championship and the 1992 U.S. Women’s Public Links Championship.
The course was renovated in 2000 by Mike Asmundsen. The new renovation has captured the “old charm and feel” of Dr. Alister MacKenzie’s original design. With greens stimped between 10 and 11 for the tournament, the 7,000-yard MacKenzie Golf Course is fair, but challenging from the back tees. The competitive course record of 63 was set in the 2015 State Fair Championship by Lee Gearhart.
Tournament Course Set Up
· Greens are dry cut the afternoons preceding each tournament round day
· Greens are double cut and rolled each morning to .140 (10 to 11 on the stimp meter)
· Fairways are narrowed to 25 to 30 yards in width and dry cut to ½ inch the afternoon before each round
· Rough mower height will be 2½ inches for a couple of weeks preceding the SFC
· Tees and green collars are dry cut to 3/8 of an inch the afternoon before each round
· The inner cup dirt is chalked white on all fresh holes daily
· Custom SFC hole location charts daily
· A group scoring standard bearer is with the final four groups during the last round
· A food and beverage “snack bar” and BBQ is located between holes #7 tee, #13 green and #16 tee