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Episode 24: ODG Series #3 – Eddie Hackett with Ally McIntosh

Ally McIntosh joins us on this episode to take a dive into the golf course design career of Eddie Hackett. A name synonymous with golf course design in Ireland from the mid 1960's until his death in 1996.

Over the course of his career, Hackett would hold many roles within the golf space – apprentice, golf club maker, teacher and head professional – he even owned a tobacconist in the 1950's before he was reincarnated as a course designer through the auspices of an invitation from Bill Menton, the President of the Golfing Union of Ireland, to consider offering course design services to member clubs.

For the final 35 years of his life, Eddie Hackett extended and revised well over 100 golf courses, many of which were on virginal linksland on the West Coast of Ireland.

Over the course of the episode we will take a look at his approach to design and commonalities between projects. We also linger on some of Hackett's better known course, exploring how they started and how they are going now.

Please find a link a number of videos below, introducing you, should you need an intro, to some of the courses that we discuss

Connemara Golf Links
Enniscrone Golf Club
Waterville Golf Links
Donegal Golf Club
Carne Golf Links

Many thanks for tuning in, we hope that you might consider adding some of Hackett's course to your bucket list – you definitely will not be disappointed!

Special Guest: Ally McIntosh.

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