Scotland, revisted: Where all roads lead home, to golf

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Scotland |

In a place with courses that are spectacular, historic and fun, North Berwick GC is special EDINBURGH, Scotland — The flights have been long, but now you are here. You collect your golf clubs, find the rental van, remember that in the United Kingdom they drive on the left side of the road and plug […]

Scotland, day ten: North Berwick GC, thanks for the memories

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Scotland |

A grand (if bittersweet) finale as our trip ends at an historic, highly regarded course that delivers memorable holes, memorable beauty and memorable hospitality NORTH BERWICK, EAST LOTHIAN, Scotland — Martyn Huish, the head PGA professional at North Berwick Golf Club (West Links), is 47 and was born here, in this town in East Lothian,  […]

Scotland, day six: Royal Troon, historic and still making history

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Scotland |

A stolid Old World feel at the club that just hosted one of the most vibrant Opens ever TROON, AYRSHIRE, Scotland — Trump Turnberry is more spectacular and beautiful. Prestwick Golf Club is older, more rugged, aggressively links golf. If you come to Ayrshire, on the west coast of Scotland, you must play those courses. […]

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 […]

Scotland, day one: The charm of Machrihanish Golf Club

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Scotland |

A long journey is rewarded by an inspired, and inspiring, golf course MACHRIHANISH, ARGYLL, Scotland — We had already been on the road for 24-some hours, flying from Seattle on Wednesday morning to Dallas to London to Edinburgh, Scotland, and now it was late Thursday in a new time zone and we were three hours […]