Scotland, revisited: In the footsteps of Open champions

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Scotland |

The historic venues of Prestwick, Trump Turnberry and Royal Troon PRESTWICK, AYRSHIRE, Scotland — On the Firth of Clyde on the western Scotland mainland, in the region called Ayrshire, separated by a mere 25 miles, are three golf courses that are linked, intrinsically and historically, to the United Kingdom’s most important golf tournament, the Open […]

Scotland, day five: Trump Turnberry is an historically great golf course made even better (and Western Gailes is charming)

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Scotland |

Setting aside Donald Trump’s politics (if you can), his redesign of the famous Ailsa course at Turnberry is simply fantastic TURNBERRY, AYRSHIRE, Scotland — You can hate his politics, and ego. You can snicker at the self-aggrandizing ostentatiousness and opulence that characterizes much of what Donald Trump touches. But if you are a golfer, if […]

Previewing Scotland: A journey to the birthplace of golf

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Scotland |

Seeking the enduring spirit of golf in Scotland, from Old Tom Morris to David McLay Kidd (and Donald Trump) Golfers don’t simply take a trip to Scotland to play courses there.  They make a pilgrimage. That word conveys the historic nature of the game there, the bucket-list allure. Wrote the late James W. Finegan in […]

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.