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Gavin Caldwell, the captain of Royal and Ancient for 2015/2016 carried out a ribbon cutting ceremony to coincide with the club's 125 anniversary to open the new fourth hole which was designed by honorary member Mr. Pat Ruddy and built by our greenkeeper Damian Doherty on land reclaimed from the ocean.
Ruddy says, "North West proves how great the game can be on a small parcel of land when played in the right spirit by people who respect the sport and each other".
A bit about Ruddy,
Born in 1945, Ireland’s Pat Ruddy was bitten by the golf bug at an early age. As a youngster, he’d catch rides on tractors to play at a little 9-hole course in South Sligo that rented its land from a local farmer. Later, he graduated to playing County Sligo Golf Club (aka Rosses Point), and to help him tack his way around the course better, he would draw sketches of the course’s holes while sitting at his school desk.
After becoming first a golf writer and then a golf magazine publisher, Ruddy went on to design, co-design, or redesign many acclaimed courses. Among the many that bear Ruddy’s signature: Druids Glen, Druids Heath, the Glashedy Course at Ballyliffin, Rosapenna’s Sandy Hills course, and Montreal Island. Then there’s The European Club.
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