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, […]

Previewing Ireland: Ballybunion, and much more

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Ireland |

A nation famed for links golf courses In a wonderful book “A Course Called Ireland,” author Tom Coyne walks and golfs the entire perimeter of the nation. In one of those ironies of life, a friend gave it to me just over a year ago. Then, I was recovering from open-heart surgery, an unexpected quadruple […]

Grant Rogers: Bandon’s favorite teacher

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon, Oregon Coast |

BANDON — It is a quirk of Grant Rogers, the director of instruction at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, that he won’t tell you how old he is, nor even provide a few clues, though in the Internet age, that notion seems as quaint as playing golf with a hickory-shafted mashie niblick.