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, […]

Blaine Newnham in Ireland: Adare Manor a Ryder Cup hopeful

By Blaine Newnham | Golf, Ireland |

The 18th hole at Adare Manor Resort in Ireland (Adare Manor Golf Club) Third in a series by the veteran golf writer focuses on Tom Fazio’s fine renovation How badly does the stately and spectacular Adare Manor want to host the 2026 Ryder Cup for Ireland? Badly enough to use “the finest Scottish sand” in […]

Blaine Newnham in Ireland: The revival of Trump’s Doonbeg

By Blaine Newnham | Golf, Ireland |

The No. 1 hole at Trump Doonbeg Golf Links, County Clare, Ireland. (Rob Perry) Second in a series on golf in Ireland by the veteran golf writer, with photography by Rob Perry On the second day of our recent trip to Ireland, we played Trump Doonbeg, the course Donald Trump bought in a fire sale […]

Ireland, day six: The Donald & Doonbeg (updated)

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Ireland |

DOONBEG, CO. CLARE, Ireland — In December 2013 and early in 2014, when billionaire Donald Trump was negotiating the purchase of Doonbeg Golf Club, on the shore of Doughmore Bay, two massive storms off the Atlantic Ocean essentially reduced the golf course from 18 holes to 15.