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.
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.
Simplistic in nature, his work left good enough alone the holes "God provided him."
No hidden hazards or blind shots.
- Ballybunion – Old Course
- Ballyliffin Old
- Carlow Golf Club – Deerpark Course
- Carne Golf Links – Hackett 18 (Belmullet)
- Castlerock Golf Club – Mussenden Links
- Connemara Championship Golf Links (A&B) (Ballyconneely)
- County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point – Colt Championship Links
- Dingle Links Golf Club Cheann Sibeal
- Donegal Golf Club (Murvagh)
- Dooks Golf Links
- Dun Laoghaire Golf Club
- Enniscrone Golf Club – The Dunes
- Island Golf Club (The) – Championship Links (Malahide)
- Killarney Golf & Fishing Club – Killeen
- Mulranny Golf Club
- Old Head Golf Links
- Portmarnock Golf Club
- Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort – St Patricks Links
- Royal Dublin Golf Club (The) (Dollymount)
- Strandhill Golf Club
- Tralee Golf Club
- Waterville Golf Links