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I am compelled to write a review of this course because it is so overrated in these ratings. The layout is nothing special...until you get to 16,17, 18 which are special. In addition when I played the conditioning was awful. Yet the annoying thing I have to say is how "Americanized" (btw - I am an American) this place is: statue of Payne Stewart; carts; etc.). This I can get at Pinehurst. I do not expect it at a "world class" links course. I would not go back. Kelly Conway
December 18, 2005
2 / 10
August 14, 2007
carts and a statue of Payne Stewart are superficial - the course is superb
April 01, 2008
is this guy for real, to belittle waterville is golfing ignorance, it is one of the finest links courses on the planet and maybe our american friend should appreciate what real links golf is, the only reason the course has become american friendly is to cater for mr conway and his friends
Having just returned from a visit to Southwest Ireland, I can safely say that Waterville was the highlight of our trip, which included both courses at Ballybunion, Tralee, Lahinch and Dooks. This was the first time for me at Waterville and I realise that I cannot compare the old layout with the post 3rd phase of the Fazio changes (which I have been keeping an eye on via the Waterville website). The thing that I like the most is that Waterville is in balance as a course (unlike Ballybunion Old and Tralee). The opening hole is quite ordinary and simply gets you away and then things get better and better. The yardage chart wasn't much help because bunkers have come and gone and it was quite confusing getting accurate distances. Granted, we were lucky with the weather, which was sunny and warm with a light winds. When I come back to this neck of the woods (and I will), I will head for Waterville first and probably stay here. Billy.
October 06, 2005
I have played 126 top courses in the UK and Ireland. I have absolutely no doubt that Waterville is THE most over rated course I have ever played -July 2003. Even in mid summer parts of the course were very very wet. 5 or 6 good holes - the rest are very ordinary as was the condition of the course.Would not get in my top 60.David Worley.
October 05, 2005
4 / 10
April 29, 2008
Hi,stunned to hear that - one of my favourites. Play all over the world and would have WV in my top 10 easy, probably top 5.Was it breezy? Are you a hacker?Ally
February 25, 2015
Just noticed my July 2003 review of Waterville in which I was clearly underwhelmed. Not knowing anything about recent 'problems' I think it is only fair that I comment as per my book 'Another Journey through the Links' - "The Waterville I played in 2006 was brilliant - immeasurably improved upon from my visit in 2003 when apparently renovation works had just started and it was in poor condition." The Tom Fazio changes have also been beneficial.
Wow – what a golf course. This is the real deal and it is where Tiger and his pals practice before the Open Championship each year. I have been fortunate enough to play many links courses over the last few years, over 30 including big names at Portrush, Portmarnock, Ballyliffin, St Georges plus many more …. Waterville is the best of the lot and now becomes my favourite course that I have played. Everything here is spot on, the variety, the quality, the twists and turns, the history and this is just the most fantastic place to play golf. Fav holes, 3rd, 11th and the final four – just the ultimate course. AN.
September 24, 2005
Played this in 2000 and it's a long tough course, but in a great location. I found the front 9 to be quite undistinguished for links golf but the back 9 is superb with the Par 5 18th skirting the Atlantic. Well worth a visit.
April 11, 2005
Waterville is a tough links golf course that requires accurate driving. The course was in great shape and the staff was very friendly. You should add this course to your itinerary when golfing in southwest Ireland.
August 22, 2004
Tough...long...tight...enough said! Not to be missed though.
June 14, 2004