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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
KILLARNEY, Ireland — Wedged in a middle seat as our night flight from Philadelphia finally cleared the Atlantic Ocean and began descending over Ireland toward Shannon Airport in the early morning, I began a conversation with the guy by the window.
At the invitation of Tourism Ireland, we stayed in four different hotels during our tour of six golf courses in southwest 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.
WATERVILLE, CO. KERRY, Ireland — In the mid-1980s, an American named Jay Connolly, along with several club members from Winged Foot Golf Club in New York, came to southwest Ireland, played Waterville Golf Links near the peaceful village on the Atlantic Ocean and fell in love with the place.