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. 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, getting together […]

Ireland, day six: The Donald & Doonbeg (updated)

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Ireland |

DOONBEG, CO. CLARE, Ireland — In December 2013 and early in 2014, when billionaire Donald Trump was negotiating the purchase of Doonbeg Golf Club, on the shore of Doughmore Bay, two massive storms off the Atlantic Ocean essentially reduced the golf course from 18 holes to 15.