New beginning at North West
Pat Ruddy took time out from his design work at Rosses Point and headed to Donegal last week to accept honorary membership "for his generous professional contribution to North West Golf Club through many years".
Derry man Gavin Caldwell, the captain of the Royal and Ancient for 2015-16, carried out a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new fourth hole, which was designed by Ruddy and built by greenkeeper Damian Doherty on land reclaimed from the ocean.
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Caldwell began his golfing days at North West and knows how the club has battled the great Atlantic over the years, losing four holes before what Ruddy describes as "dogged dedication" (and two grants from the R&A) helped them recover their 18-hole course.
As 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".
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Ruddy has also left an indelible mark on Donegal at Ballyliffin, Rosapenna, Portsalon and Murvagh.