Hackett, Eddie

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Biography

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 of work from the so-called dark ages of golf course design.

Proficient Player

From a young age, Hackett played to a high level before turning pro in 1932. Hackett 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, his entire design portfolio, with well over 100 courses, is confined to 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 by clicking here.


Architectural Hallmarks

Simplistic in nature, his work left good enough alone the holes "God provided him."

No hidden hazards or blind shots.


Portfolio

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Unique Collections

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