Scotland, day four: Prestwick GC, as old as golf and still feisty

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Scotland |

Dating to 1851, site of the first Open Championship, Prestwick is more than a relic PRESTWICK, AYRSHIRE, Scotland — Old Tom Morris laid out the first 12 holes of Prestwick Golf Club in 1851, though golf had been played there even earlier. In 1860, the very first Open Championship, known in the United States as […]

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 […]

Hickory golf: Playing an old game a new way with old clubs

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon, Washington |

Northwest Hickory Players pay homage to the history of the game Fascinated by the history of golf, Martin Pool began playing with hickory-shafted clubs, dating from the late 1800s and the early decades of the 1900s, to become personally connected to the game as it was played a century ago. “What better way to understand […]