Blaine Newnham in Ireland: Adare Manor a Ryder Cup hopeful

By Blaine Newnham | Golf, Ireland |

The 18th hole at Adare Manor Resort in Ireland (courtesy 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” […]

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 […]

Blaine Newnham in Ireland: The changing face of links golf

By Blaine Newnham | Golf, Ireland |

The par 4 No. 7 hole at Lahinch Golf Club, County Clare, Ireland. (Rob Perry) First in a series on golf in Ireland by the veteran golf writer, with photography by Rob Perry My first trip to Ireland to play golf was 25 years ago. It was four old college roommates from Berkeley turning 50, […]

Eugene Country Club: A new clubhouse and a new logo

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

Remodeled clubhouse offers improved views of the golf course It’s been a year of change for Eugene Country Club, which this summer reopened its clubhouse after an $11.8 million remodeling project that began in June 2016 and last spring unveiled a striking new logo, a streamlined rendition of a Douglas fir with the trunk bisecting […]

The Resort at Eagle Point: A golf course becomes a destination

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

Owner Bob Hyer’s decision to add lodging makes a place to play also a place to stay EAGLE POINT — It seems that Bob Hyer has always had good business instincts. When he was 6 he went around his modest southern California neighborhood shining shoes for 10 cents, and a few years later, when he […]