Scotland, revisited: David McLay Kidd realizes a career dream in designing Machrihanish Dunes

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Scotland |

Noted golf architect spent childhood summers in these dunes, and carefully worked through considerable environmental restraints to build the golf course MACHRIHANISH, ARGYLL, Scotland — When he designed Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club, near the bottom of the Kintyre Peninsula in western Scotland, David McLay Kidd was fulfilling a dream he had nurtured throughout his career. […]

Wales, day one: North Wales Golf Club, classic links, classic value

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Wales |

Around for over 120 years, and still relevant LLANDUDNO, Wales — In the northern part of Wales, on Conwy Bay of the Irish Sea, is the bustling resort town of Llandudno, billed as Wales’ premier resort, known for the beach and quaint shops and hotels, and for the Great Orme, a massive limestone mound that […]

Proposed Bandon Links course: A question of vision

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon, Oregon Coast |

BANDON — As she hikes through the Bandon State Natural Area a few miles south of Bandon on the Oregon Coast, Sherri Laier sees things that most others miss. The pawprints of a critter. A colorful tree frog. A tiny young plant, poking through the ground. Different types of lichen. Mushrooms.