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 […]

Tokatee Golf Club: Still halfway to heaven

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

At 50, the golf course remains an almost ‘spiritual’ place. BLUE RIVER — The quintessential Eugene sports columnist, Blaine Newnham, wrote defining columns in the 1970s and early 1980s about the Kamikaze Kids, Steve Prefontaine and the struggles of the University of Oregon football team. And, one day in the fall of 1971, shortly after […]

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.