Off to Doonbeg
My friend and I are married to the rarest of men—ones who enjoy playing golf with their wives. Long Islanders all, we recently took our clubs and rain gear to southwest Ireland. Highlights included rounds at Waterville, Tralee, Adare Manor and Doonbeg. We loved them all, but we were particularly taken with Doonbeg. We wish we had posted lower scores, but that was secondary to the surroundings. Waterville and Tralee were so sunny that we hoped for a few rainy, windswept holes so we could boast of how we braved the Irish weather!
Beth Wallach Rockville Centre, New York
Last August I took my friend Will Herrman, a member at Hollywood Golf Club in New Jersey, for a long weekend of golf at Western Gailes and Prestwick, where I belong. We also visited Culzean Castle near Turnberry, the ancestral home of the Marquis of Ailsa, whose grandfather was at one time captain of Prestwick. The neoclassical Culzean has a commanding view of Ailsa Craig and the Firth of Clyde. It is now one of the premier properties run by the National Trust for Scotland.
Joel I. Barad Pelham, New York
The Men of The Machrie
I made my first trip to Scotland in 2002, and that was all I needed. I fell in love with links golf and have returned every year to play—I’ve been to England, Scotland and Ireland. One course my buddy Steve and I were excited to play with other friends was Machrie Golf Links on the Isle of Islay, where there is a population of 3,500, eight whisky distilleries and one special golf course. The Machrie is unique not because of its length (it’s less than 6,300 yards) but because it has no fewer than eleven blind shots. Without a doubt, it is one of the most interesting and fun golf courses I have played in the United Kingdom. After our morning round, we headed off to the Ardbeg distillery for a taste of what true whisky is all about—peat and smoke!!
Brian Powell Houston, Texas
An Omen at We-Ko-Pa
At the eighteenth hole of the Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club near Scottsdale, Arizona, a rainbow appeared—a true omen!—just before I made a birdie. Bruce Jackson, a friend from San Francisco and a member of the Olympic Club, snapped the picture. We’ve been best friends for more than forty years, and golf just cements the relationship. This was our second day playing at We-Ko-Pa, which we love for its natural beauty and exceptional maintenance. Keep those rainbows coming!
Charlie Berger Charlotte, North Carolina
Autumn in the British Isles
This year marked the twenty-fourth annual British Isles golf trip of the boys from Minneapolis. Each fall we've traveled to play golf throughout the U.K.—so far, we’ve played more than 130 links. Several of us have become members at Ballybunion, and one of us now owns an inn there, McMunn’s. The people of the U.K. have been gracious hosts each year. We look forward to many more autumn adventures.
Dave Stassen Eden Prairie, Minnesota