Blaine Newnham in Ireland: The worthwhile trek to Dingle

By Blaine Newnham | Golf, Ireland |

Dingle Golf Links (Ceann Sibeal) in County Kerry is unspoiled, unpretentious links golf. (Dingle Golf Links) Sixth in a series by the golf writer, who finds Dingle (Ceann Sibeal) to be classic Irish links. BALLYFERRITER, CO. KERRY, Ireland — You’d go to the end of the earth for one more memorable round of golf. But […]

Blaine Newnham in Ireland: Dooks less hidden, more gem

By Blaine Newnham | Golf, Ireland |

The par 5 No. 9 hole at Dooks Golf Links, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry, Ireland. (Dooks Golf Links) Fourth in a series, as the writer revisits a course he played 25 years ago and finds it better Perhaps the changing face of Irish golf can best be understood during a delightful visit to Dooks Golf Links, […]

Blaine Newnham in Ireland: Adare Manor a Ryder Cup hopeful

By Blaine Newnham | Golf, Ireland |

The 18th hole at Adare Manor Resort in Ireland (Adare Manor Golf Club) Third in a series by the veteran golf writer focuses on Tom Fazio’s fine renovation How badly does the stately and spectacular Adare Manor want to host the 2026 Ryder Cup for Ireland? Badly enough to use “the finest Scottish sand” in […]

Dan Hixson: Golf architect finds a Northwest niche

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

His latest design — the wonderful new courses at The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch The enterprise that is Dan Hixson Golf Design doesn’t have a web site, and its sole proprietor, and sole employee, ran out of business cards a few years ago. Which doesn’t mean that Dan Hixson hasn’t been busy. […]

Silvies Valley Ranch: Dan Hixson’s courses in isolation

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

Scott Campbell blends ranching, luxury, golf at The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch SILVIES ­— In the eastern half of Oregon, on a straight as-the-crow-flies line from Eugene, is Silvies Valley Ranch. It covers 140,000 acres, which can be a hard concept to grasp; maybe easier to visualize is the fact that the […]

Blaine Newnham in Ireland: The revival of Trump’s Doonbeg

By Blaine Newnham | Golf, Ireland |

The No. 1 hole at Trump Doonbeg Golf Links, County Clare, Ireland. (Rob Perry) Second in a series on golf in Ireland by the veteran golf writer, with photography by Rob Perry On the second day of our recent trip to Ireland, we played Trump Doonbeg, the course Donald Trump bought in a fire sale […]