Friday June 5, 2020

Golf Special: Way Down In The Hole

The Irish golf industry has experienced a turbulent few years, and now must face the aftermath of Brexit

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

17th July, 2016
Pat Ruddy: This golf club was designed as a thing of pleasure, not a business Picture: Maura Hickey

Pat Ruddy knows Irish golf. A renowned course designer, the first paid golfing writer in Ireland, and a lifelong expert in the business of golf, he has been observing golf since the 1960s – when annual subs for membership was a just few pounds – through the boom years of the Celtic Tiger, as far as the crash of 2008 and 2009.

Back in the 1960s, Ruddy did some research on the state of the Irish golf...

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