Sam Snead and Arnold Palmer sparked golf revival in Ireland
But, in 1960, the Canada Cup came to Portmarnock, and all the Irish wanted to see Sam Snead and Arnold Palmer. The demand for courses the average Paddy could get on soared and a golf construction boom of sorts followed.
Since many of the Irish courses couldn’t afford to hire big-name, international architects, Irish architect Eddie Hackett ended up designing many of the courses. Hackett is sort of a legend in Ireland, designing links courses in Connemara, Waterville and Carne, for example.
He died in 1996, and never told anyone of his favorite designs, saying that would be an insult to all the people he worked for more than 40 years.
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Dear God, no one TOLD ME!!!!
Now what will we do???
(Has anyone told his brother, Buddy??)
And if Jimmy is interested, I have a lead on a '64 Mercury Comet, V8, swimming pool turquoise, low miles, pretty good shape for its age, has a bent 9 iron in the trunk, used only once on a snake.
Hey, wait--wouldn't need that in Ireland...never mind.
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