WATERVILLE GOLF LINKS - 34th in the top 100 courses in the world
Waterville Golf Links is a precious links situated along the Kerry Coastline in South West Ireland. Waterville is truely a memorable place to visit and is ranked in the top 20 links in the world.
It has welcomed many famous visitors through its gates, from Charlie Chaplin to club members Tiger Woods, Mark O'Meara, Payne Stewart, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, David Duval and Lee Jansen. In fact one of its most famous former members Payne Stewart was honoured with the Captaincy of Waterville at a ceremony during the Ryder Cup in Brookline, Massachusetts. This was one of the last golfing honours he would receive before his tragic death. In fact today a life sized bronze statue pays tribute to his Captaincy and his special never to be forgotten relationship with Waterville Golf Links.
Today the links bears little resemblance to the primitive original. Irish American John A. Mulcahy worked miracles with Eddie Hackett, Ireland’s legendary architect, and Masters champion Claude Harmon to create this benchmark links. Time does not stand still and Waterville’s pedigree has since been touched by a famed hand Tom Fazio. Fazio has assisted many of the worlds leading clubs including Winged Foot, Pine Valley and Augusta National. “Everything about Waterville is truly spectacular, said Fazio.” “The setting is one of the best I have seen for golf.” . It joins Pine Valley and Winged Foot as one of Fazio’s renovation masterpieces .In the pages of Cigar Aficionado Magazine, architect Tom Fazio listed his personal world favourites. His top three were: Pine Valley, Waterville and Augusta National!
Golfers are tested early at Waterville with the first hole named “Last Easy”, and ends with the challenging and scenic “O’Gradys Beach”. The course can be stretched to over 7,300 yards but players should not be intimidated as several tees come in to play on every hole so all standards of golfers can enjoy a game here.
Waterville and Ballybunion helped me realise the dream of a lifetime - victory in the Open Championship the following week!” Mark O’Meara