Myth, History and the Sense of Place
MYTH, HISTORY AND THE SENSE OF PLACE
BY PAUL ZINGG
That the origins of golf on the sites of Ireland's most renowned courses—Royal County Down, Portmarnock and Ballybunion—are somewhat fuzzy is no fault the games's historians. Rather, it is a commentary on the nature of history itself in Ireland and the general sense that nothing is quite what it seems in this land. For the merger of actual events with spiritual experience and superstition has influenced a holistic sense of the past that often makes no distinction between what is remembered and what is imagined....