A prolific Irish architect whose work is found solely on the Emerald Isle. He is considered by some to have one of the best portfolios and bodies of work from the so-called dark ages of golf course design.
From a young age, Eddie Hackett played to a high level before turning pro in 1932. He would apprentice with Fred Smyth, a well-known club-maker but also contributor to Ballybunion Old. Following this, time was spent in Belgium with Henry Cotton and then with Sid Brews in South Africa before returning to Ireland to become Head Professional at Portmarnock.
The Irish Golf Boom
Following the 1960 Canada Cup at Portmarnock, Ireland would experience a substantial and sustained demand for golf. Perfectly positioned to take advantage, Eddie Hackett 's entire design portfolio of well over 100 golf courses, is confined to the island of Ireland.
A Closer Look
We wish to thank friend of Evalu18 and collaborator, Keith Cutten, for the material for this short biography. For a more detailed account, you can find his book, The Evolution of Golf Course Design.