Ray Haddock Lido Prize
24th Annual Competition
Alister MacKenzie Society
2023 “Ray Haddock” Lido Prize
The Ray Haddock Lido Prize 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 is invited to attend and participate in the annual Society gathering to be held that year.
The name “Lido” comes from Dr. MacKenzie’s own drawing of a “two-shot hole” for the original Lido Golf Club on Long Island (no longer in existence, see video below), which won him first place honors in a 1914 golf architecture competition sponsored by Britain’s Country Life magazine. MacKenzie’s drawing, shown below, proved to be an important step in developing his reputation.
MacKenzie’s great-grandson, Ray Haddock, headed original funding for the Prize. Dr. MacKenzie left behind a manuscript entitled The Spirit of Saint Andrews, whereupon Mr. Haddock had it published and proceeds from the sale were used to create a perpetual fund for the Lido competition. The competition began in 1998 and the success of the Prize is evidenced by winners who have gone on to become successful golf course architects. All of the winners and finalists have exhibited the ability to incorporate MacKenzie design features into their entries.
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.
Submitted designs 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″ x 17.” See entry form for details.
2022 Award Winner
The 2022 award winner is Bo Links, now a four-time winner. His entries were selected in 2007, 2008, 2021, and again 2022. Bruce Charlton, president and chief design officer for Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects, judged the competition. Further details about the competition, this year’s winning design, and other entries can be found in this Golf Digest article.
Todd Eckenrode,Gene Zanardi
Ron Whitten, Gene Zanardi
Robert Trent Jones III
Arnold Palmer, Ed Seay
The Original Lido Golf Club
Jim Urbina, a strong supporter of the MacKenzie Society, was the judge for the 2015 Lido competition. Jim has also consulted on the renovations of many Alister MacKenzie designed courses, including Pasatiempo, Valley Club, Claremont, and St. Charles. Connor Lewis from the Society of Golf Historians is a co-host of the TalkinGolf podcast.