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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.
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.
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.
Simply a wonderful golfing experince. Fantastic hole after fantastic hole. One of the best courses I have ever played.
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.
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
6 / 6Waterville
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.
A little like the first time I played RCD, very blustery and overcast weather did its best to interfere with my review of a very fine course (and it was the twelfth 18-holes I’d played in six days so a little mental and physical fatigue was maybe creeping in as I carried my bag round the course). However, the inclement conditions could never detract from my appreciation of a Tom Fazio renovation that didn’t have a single weak hole anywhere along its routing. I was surprised in places to see one or two areas of rather lush fairway, clusters of imported tropical vegetation and a fair amount of artificially created grass mounding - the last of these should, of course, blend into the landscape over time. To compensate for the slightly more manicured aspects of the layout, there were many patches of lovely yellow gorse in full bloom and the bearded bunkering looked terrific throughout. I really liked the new holes at 6 and 7, where great use has been made of a diverted stream on both fairways whilst “Tranquility” and “Mass Hole” (11 and 12) were brilliant back-to-back holes on the back nine. Waterville is a stern test where the fairways flow one after another in an unrelenting fashion, culminating in three mighty holes in the dunes beside the sea. The club, like others on the west coast of Ireland, has its hands full coping with the sand and sea spray blowing in from the Atlantic at this part of the course but efforts at keeping nature in check are well worth it as the trio of “Liam’s Ace,” “Mulcahy’s Peak” and “”O’Grady’s Beach” form a fitting finish to a fantastic round. Jim McCann
Nick, the “replies” you’ve posted on april 1st 2008 (see also the Portmarnock page) are really spot on. This course is superb from start to finish, the routing is so natural and the round seems to fly in minutes. Waterville has to be deserved, the first step is getting there! And the road system is Kerry is far off from 2008 standards. But after all, that’s for the best! It leaves the place with all its charms: a world class course near the far end of the world, probably the only reason why Waterville never hosted big events. Because the course is definitely up for it. 7300 yds from the tips is a looooonng way, 6800 yds from the whites in the condition that we had was tough enough, thanks! Unlike Jim, and if I really want to be picky, 6th and 7th were the holes that impressed me the least. I hope to be back very soon for a salmon fishing/golf combo at their Waterville House: that’s how life should be! Cédric
A fantastic experience. If you have not played this course then you have missed out on a gem.Great condition throughout and very friendly staff.The par 5's are absolutely brilliant.You could play the 11th or 18th all day.
Of all the southwest courses Waterville and Lahinch were our favorites. Of Waterville-18 terrific holes, none weak, (11 was like being in another world), condition excellent for a links course,beautiful setting, the nicest people of all the courses, and the best practice range I've ever seen. It was simply an outstanding experience in every way.