In Volume 1 of The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses, Tom Doak published that.
“This was MacKenzie’s first solo design, and the bunkering shows a bit more polish, though the property was much flatter than Alwoodley so there are fewer memorable holes. There is one great hole, the short 8th, known as “Gibraltar” because its green is built on top of a rocky ledge; when the club’s founders were having trouble raising funds to get the course off the ground, MacKenzie suggested they build this one hole to show the quality of course they were going to have, and everything fell together quickly after that. Unfortunately, two or three holes have had to be changed in recent years to rectify boundary issues, after the neighboring golf clubs moved out of town and homes were developed just over the fence.”
Moortown received a score of 6 out of 10 from Tom Doak.