England’s Tommy Fleetwood on the seventh tee during the pro-am   before the Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph:   Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

A long-time member of the host club put it succinctly about the lack of any real wind in these parts. “You wouldn’t even put your washing out, there’d(...)

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open host Paul McGinley pictured beside the  The Rampant Goat bronze at Lahinch Golf Club, host of next week’s event. Photograph:   Brian Arthur

The symbol most associated with Lahinch Golf Club is that of the “Rampant Goat.” It is on the club crest, and a wonderfully crafted statue of the anim(...)

US president Donald Trump with schoolchildren in Doonbeg: “Come on, come on, let them up,” he said to the Secret Service agents. Photograph: Abbi Shanahan/Brian Shanahan/Reuters

Donald Trump may have won his round of golf at Doonbeg but his playing partners said the champagne moment was the singing local schoolchildren they me(...)

Paul McGinley at Lahinch Golf Club for the announcement that it is to host the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, with McGinley as the host.  Photograph: Brian Arthur

As you’d somehow expect from someone whose Ryder Cup captaincy was deemed a template for all others, to the extent that the USA has sought to imitate (...)

Eric Trump takes to the redesigned greens at Trump International Doonbeg this week. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Not everyone knew that Eric Trump, a son of US president Donald Trump was on a two-night stopover in Doonbeg this week. Certainly not the ESB, who wer(...)

Eric Trump said the Trumps had invested “north of $50 million to $60 million” on Doonbeg golf club in Co Clare. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

There is no question that Donald Trump will return to Doonbeg many times as president of the Unites States, his son Eric predicted confidently on Sun(...)

US tycoon Donald Trump arrives at Shannon airport in Ireland to visit the Doonbeg course after he got the go-ahead from council chiefs to shore up the famous 14th green on the course, following a deal to carry out work on a protected dune system running alongside his luxury golf resort in the west of Ireland. . Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

US tycoon Donald Trump has said he will invest up to €45 million in his newly acquired Doonbeg links in Co Clare. The property mogul — on a three day (...)

Doonbeg Golf Course,  Co Clare.

In the golfing world, Donald Trump is a serious player. Not, admittedly, when it comes to winning green jackets or claret jugs or such l(...)

Ernie Els and caddie Colin Byrne during the final round of the BMW International.

It has become fashionable in recent times for players to start their Major tournament preparations well in advance. Innocent amateurs are often amazed(...)