I’ve played the course twice - the second time out of necessity. The course was in reasonable condition on both occasions. There’s one good hole along the bottom of the course (the 12th) and the par three 4th isn’t too bad either. The rest don’t leave a lot to the imagination. Holes 6 thru’ 9 are played in a field where seemingly the only design principle is to fit four holes in. There’s an incredible sense of déjà vu on playing the 10th – it’s a replica of the 1st but shortened by 80 yards. Both holes are featureless and played to unsightly artificially raised greens. And that for me sums up the main problem with the course, it seems unnatural and blends poorly with the surrounds. Let’s lay my cards on the table here – I disagree with West Waterford’s ‘Gem’ status. There are more deserving courses around. Faithlegg, Waterford, Waterford Castle and even Youghal have far more character – that’s where I’d be heading if I was visiting the area.
Date: February 27, 2008