Previewing Scotland: A journey to the birthplace of golf

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Scotland |

Seeking the enduring spirit of golf in Scotland, from Old Tom Morris to David McLay Kidd (and Donald Trump) Golfers don’t simply take a trip to Scotland to play courses there.  They make a pilgrimage. That word conveys the historic nature of the game there, the bucket-list allure. Wrote the late James W. Finegan in […]

Previewing Ireland: Ballybunion, and much more

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Ireland |

A nation famed for links golf courses In a wonderful book “A Course Called Ireland,” author Tom Coyne walks and golfs the entire perimeter of the nation. In one of those ironies of life, a friend gave it to me just over a year ago. Then, I was recovering from open-heart surgery, an unexpected quadruple […]

Previewing Wales: Where courses are steeped in history, and beauty

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Wales |

I’ve actually been here before, sort of. In the early 1970s, as a young sportswriter working for the now-defunct Sacramento Union, I took a vacation to Europe with a backpack, and spent a couple of days hitch-hiking through Wales. I remember staying in a youth hostel, where my job was to sweep the floor before […]