Waterville Golf Course

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Waterville Golf Course is a mystical experience – the beauty of classic links land, surrounded by the sea, yet forever challenged and shaped by the elements.

Waterville is long and I mean long, 6549yds from the white markers with a par of 72. The back side is simply monstrous, with 3 par-5`s that wind their way among the dunes. 

It is a ruggedly beautiful venue, with the sun dappled water of the great Atlantic Ocean lapping at the shore in the distance with the cottages of herders and fishermen clinging to the Kerry coast. Waterville has hosted some of the top world golf tournaments and justly so.

Rated among the top links in Britain and Ireland, this is the brainchild of Irish-American businessman John A. Mulcahy and the great Eddie Hackett who saw the potential for creating a golfing gem here in the late 1960’s. No two holes are alike and Waterville has truly won its place among the necklace of great links of the west coast of Ireland.

Waterville is home to some interesting and difficult holes. One of the favourites is the 154 yard par-3 twelfth known as the “Mass Hole”. Its name derived from under English rule practising the Roman Catholic religion was against the law and punishable by death. The local people would trek out to a remote location near the coast.

A priest would celebrate mass in a deep hole amongst the hills which the congregants would not be seen from the town. The twelfth plays across this Mass Hole from an elevated tee to a large green. The golf is almost as nifty s the history, as if you happen to drive your tee shot into the Mass Hole, you will struggle to get a good score.  

The par-5 eleventh just prior to the Mass Hole is a tremendous challenge by any standards. It requires a pair of long accurate shots that thread their way through sandy, gorse laden hills that are both sides of the ribbon thin fairway. The green sits elevated on a small hill that requires an approach that is neither too short or too long.

Waterville is the only links course prominently displayed in the Lodge at Pebble Beach. The par 3 17th, know as Mulcahy's Peak, is probably Waterville's feature hole, but most would agree with Gary Player when he described the 11th as "the most beautiful and satisfying par 5 of them all". It runs for almost 500 yards through majestic dunes. You feel almost in a world of your own as you stroll along the fairway reflecting how well the hole merits the name, "Tranquility".