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, revisited: A podcast

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Scotland |

With award-winning Ru Macdonald Ru Macdonald, an award-winning expert on Scottish golf travel, interviews the blog host about our recent trip to Scotland, courtesy of VisitScotland. Courses covered include North Berwick Golf Club, Royal Troon, Prestwick, Trump Turnberry, Balcomie Links, Elie Links and Kingsbarns.

Scotland revisited: Rob Perry’s wonderful slideshow

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Scotland |

Featuring Prestwick, North Berwick, Kingsbarns, The Machrihanish Golf Club and Balcomie Links Professional golf photographer Rob Perry of Bellevue, Wash., part of the foursome that visited Scotland in September, thanks to VisitScotland, has put together a wonderful slideshow of some of the courses we played.

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 […]