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PNGA Archive for the ‘Travel Blog’ Category

Dooks Golf Links: ancient links gem continues to reinvent itself

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

by Blaine Newnham

Perhaps the changing face of Irish golf can best be understood during a delightful visit to Dooks Golf Links, a sort of hidden gem just off the north loop of the Ring of Kerry that each year becomes a little less hidden and a lot more of a gem.

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Adare Manor: Fazio’s spectacular renovation has made it a Ryder Cup hopeful

Friday, October 20th, 2017

by Blaine Newnham

How badly does the stately and spectacular Adare Manor want to host the 2026 Ryder Cup for Ireland?

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Doonbeg: The revival of Trump’s great links course in Southwest Ireland

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

by Blaine Newnham

On the second day of our recent trip to Ireland, we played Trump Doonbeg, the course Donald Trump bought in a fire sale in 2014.

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The changing face of Irish links golf

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

by Blaine Newnham

My first trip to Ireland to play golf was 25 years ago. It was four old college roommates from Berkeley turning 50, getting together again

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2016 PNGA Overseas Trips – Northern Ireland Recap

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

PNGA trip to Northern Ireland in September 2016 – Checking Off an Item From the Bucket List

A selection of photos from an incredible trip to Northern Ireland in September, 2016:

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Scotland, day ten: North Berwick GC, thanks for the memories

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

by Ron Bellamy

(View this article and more on Ron’s website: www.ronbwriter.com)

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, less than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, on the south shore of the Firth of Forth.

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Scotland, day nine: Crail’s Balcomie Links, ‘very historic, very unique’ and very much fun

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

by Ron Bellamy

(View this article and more on Ron’s website: www.ronbwriter.com)

The Crail Golfing Society’s older course is its most popular (but don’t overlook Craighead Links)

CRAIL, FIFE, Scotland – To this old little village on the Firth of Forth, in this region of Scotland north of Edinburgh known as the East Neuk, the golfers come from the United States, and Scandinavia, and Germany and France and elsewhere.

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Scotland, day eight: The Golf House Club, Elie Links, enduring and endearing

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

by Ron Bellamy

(View this article and more on Ron’s website: www.ronbwriter.com)

They grow up playing golf here, and have for generations

ELIE, FIFE, Scotland – Daylight was waning and the rain was pelting when we left The 19th Hole, the pub across the narrow street from the final fairway of The Golf House Club, Elie Links.

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Scotland, day seven: Spectacular Kingsbarns Golf Links (and a visit to the Old Course)

Monday, September 12th, 2016

by Ron Bellamy

(View this article and more on Ron’s website: www.ronbwriter.com)

Where we see links golf very old, and links golf very new

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Scotland, day six: Royal Troon, historic and still making history

Monday, September 12th, 2016

by Ron Bellamy

(View this article and more on Ron’s website: www.ronbwriter.com)

A stolid Old World feel at the club that just hosted one of the most vibrant Opens ever

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