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and Ireland. Guided by the experienced hand of architect Stephen Kay, Emerald assembles a not-your-usual-suspects list of holes for homage. Gleneagles Resort in Scotland is the beneficiary of three facsimiles, while relatively-unknown gems like Southport & Ainsdale, Nairn, Royal Portrush and Waterville receive their due. In 1914, Alistair MacKenzie was not yet the architect who would develop Cypress Point, Royal Melbourne and Augusta National. He was a physician with notions of grandeur, but it took a Country Life magazine contest for him to gain confidence in his ideas. MacKenzie’s design for a multi-faceted par four hole took the first prize. The hole was built at the Lido Golf Club on Long Island, but the Lido was severely redesigned and the hole lost. Enter Stephen Kay who, at the behest of golf writer Brad Klein, built this hole as the 7th at Emerald Golf Links. A massive sand bunker replaces the ocean, but all other elements are fa