Blaine Newnham in Ireland: The changing face of links golf

By Blaine Newnham | Golf, Ireland |

The par 4 No. 7 hole at Lahinch Golf Club, County Clare, Ireland. First in a series on golf in Ireland by the veteran golf writer, with photography by Rob Perry My first trip to Ireland to play golf was 25 years ago. It was four old college roommates from Berkeley turning 50, getting together […]

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, 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 […]