Blaine Newnham in Ireland: Dooks less hidden, more gem

By Blaine Newnham | Golf, Ireland |

The par 5 No. 9 hole at Dooks Golf Links, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry, Ireland. (Dooks Golf Links) Fourth in a series, as the writer revisits a course he played 25 years ago and finds it better Perhaps the changing face of Irish golf can best be understood during a delightful visit to Dooks Golf Links, […]

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 […]