Are the flights on time? Do we get lost in a roundabout? Is there enough daylight left? Our flight from Washington D.C. through Detroit and Amsterdam is scheduled to arrive in Inverness, Scotland, at 12:40 p.m. on April 23. Hey, what can go wrong? Can son Jason and I get luggage, clear customs, get our…
An original links course, regarded among the very best in the world Herbert Warren Wind called it “the most natural golf course in the world.” Tom Watson described it as the most fun he’d had playing golf. Donald Ross, the great American golf architect, learned his trade there. Golf Digest ranks it the No. 2…
In May 2014, a friend gave me a get-well gift, a book titled, “A Course Called Ireland,” by Tom Coyne.
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.
KINSALE, CO. CORK, Ireland — There are a few days in golf that transcend all others, that are magical, for whatever reason. Sometimes it can be how well you played, sure. But it can also be with whom you played, or where you played, or the time of day, or the way the light was, and the weather.
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.
BARROW, CO. KERRY, Ireland — Sometime Friday, perhaps, a golfer lost a ball in the rough between the first and 18th fairways at Tralee Golf Links, on the Atlantic Ocean in southwest Ireland.
BALLYBUNION, CO. KERRY, Ireland — On the fourth hole at Ballybunion Golf Club (Old Course) on Thursday, I met a long-time club member, a very distinguished gentleman, Mr. Brendan O’Neill.
LAHINCH, CO. CLARE, Ireland —The fourth hole at Lahinch Golf Club is a par 5 (475 yards from the blue tees, 472 from the white tees, 463 from the green tees that I played) that was inspired by the Klondyke hole that Old Tom Morris designed here in 1894:
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…
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