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2016 PNGA Overseas Trips – Northern Ireland Recap

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

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

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

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)

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

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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Scotland, day five: Trump Turnberry is an historically great golf course made even better (and Western Gailes is charming)

by Ron Bellamy

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

Setting aside Donald Trump’s politics (if you can), his redesign of the famous Ailsa course at Turnberry is simply fantastic

TURNBERRY, AYRSHIRE, Scotland – You can hate his politics, and ego.

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Scotland, day four: Prestwick GC, as old as golf and still feisty

by Ron Bellamy

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

Dating to 1851, site of the first Open Championship, Prestwick is more than a relic

PRESTWICK, AYRSHIRE, Scotland – Old Tom Morris laid out the first 12 holes of Prestwick Golf Club in 1851, though golf had been played there even earlier.

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Scotland, day three: Wonderfully, another round at Machrihanish Golf Club

by Ron Bellamy

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

Whereupon the writer shoots a front-nine 39, but …

MACHRIHANISH, ARGYLL, Scotland – On Sunday, the sun came out, and the wind disappeared, and you could see, very clearly now, the islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha beyond Machrihanish Bay in the North Atlantic Ocean and, to the south, much farther in the distance, Ireland.

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Scotland, day two: Machrihanish Dunes, a wild golf adventure

by Ron Bellamy

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

A relatively new course conjures the game of 130 years ago

MACHRIHANISH, ARGYLL, Scotland – If I have ever before used the phrase “wild and woolly” to describe a links golf course, please forgive that exaggeration.

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