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It is a very good course, but I have to say that I was expecting more given the plaudits it has received. To its credit it was less corporate than Ballybunion but I just kept waiting to be blown away which didnt really happen until 16-18. Having said that thought 2nd / 3rd and the first short hole were all excellent. I actually preferred Dooks to Waterville
August 02, 2011
Played Waterville in very unlikely April Irish conditions - bright sunshine and a very light breeze and its was a fitting culmination to our 3 day trip to SW Ireland. A truely magnificent track that is hard but fair at all times. The place is a pig to get to but once there you really never want to leave as the staff are very friendly, the scenery breathtaking and the course as close to perfect as its been my pleasure to play. I've played 15 of the BI's top 20 and this place is up there with Turnberry and RCD at the very pinnacle.
April 30, 2011
Played 36 holes on June 15, 2010. The course is outstanding from start to finish and the staff is cordial and helpful. The greens were not at their best, probably as a result of the harsh winter. Otherwise, I would rank Waterville just behind Ballybunion.
June 29, 2010
Played Waterville in 2008 with a group and can say that after hearing rave reviews, we were disappointed. First off, the service was downright awful (Nobody greeted our group in the clubhouse or at the 1st tee - we actually felt ignored). We were given our caddies which ended up being kids between the ages of 12 and 15 (who had no clue). There was no effort at all from anyone at the club. As far as the course is concerned, it was extremely tight and had the thickest rough that I've ever played. If your tee ball rolled a foot off the fairway, the longest iron that you could hit was a PW and you were lucky to advance the ball 75 yards. A positive was the fact that the fairways were as fast as lightning. A # of us were hitting 3 irons 280 yards (200 yard carries with 80 yards of roll). Greens were excellent. #18 is a monster of a par 5. I'm probably not being fair to the course, but the experience was not the best.
January 23, 2010
4 / 10
January 23, 2010
Definitely not fair to the course, you got that dead right!!! Bad day from the staff maybe? Been there a couple of times and service was always superb...
So it ended up being "one of the worst days we have had in 5 years" by the end of the day, but fortunately we played the first 13 holes in only a mild storm, the 3 club wind and sideways rain did not start until the home stretch. That said, after a tour of the best of SW Ireland, Waterville comes in a strong second behind Lahinch for me. Strong holes throughout, eminently fair - just a great experience and course. Would not hesitate to make the drive again. Can only imagine what it would have been like if the weather was nice.
July 28, 2009
Played in Sept. 2008. I've been lucky enough to play many great USA, Scotland, NW England and Irish courses, and this is right up there. The Ring of Kerry drive to get there is spectacular, the surrounding views of the mountains and water is incredible, and the shotmaking value of this course is exceptionally good. The finish of 16-18 in my book is wonderful as well.
December 05, 2008
I first played Waterville in 1991, when much was made of it's length compared to other courses at the time. That's pretty much how we remember it from those days - long, tough but very beautiful and fair. Now all new courses seem to be 7000+ yards and so returning to Waterville in 2008 was not quite as intimidating. There are many new alterations and subtle changes to the course, but having played many of the UK's best, I would put this right up there with the very best. Every hole throws up a new challenge, you never play the same direction on consecutive holes, and the finish is spectacular. It's more of a brute to get to - the roads are shocking - unless you can hitch a ride on one of the ever present helicopters! My world top 4 - in no particular order - Royal Birkdale (slightly biased I have to confess), Royal Dornoch, Waterville and Royal Melbourne.
August 17, 2008
Simply a wonderful golfing experince. Fantastic hole after fantastic hole. One of the best courses I have ever played.
July 29, 2008
Quite simply stunning, far more relaxed than other big named courses in Ireland. Total package for me, true Irish hospitality from the moment we drove in. The course itself is awesome, there are a few holes said to be the best in Ireland and I totally agree. The course like Royal Birkdale is tough but a fair challenge, we got it on a beautiful links type of day, gentle breeze with the sun shining, I envisage a tough challenge would lie ahead when it blows. I could bore you write pages about the place, just go and experience this magical place for yourself. Certainly in my top 3.
July 25, 2008
Best course in the world!! Great par 5s great views stunning sourounding best course I've played in the world, this should be ranked the best in the world
June 27, 2008
10 / 10
July 24, 2008
This is the best golf course I have ever played. It is God's golf course - if he were to be a member anywhere it would be at Waterville. The views are out of this world and there isn't an average hole. Not only is it gorgeous, it's mean as well - it oozes with character and it's as tough as you can get but extremely fair. My advice to any golfer - go play it; you will not regret it.