Waterville golf club Kerry
Waterville Golf Course
Waterville is a unique combination of classic linksland in a pristine remote setting. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Inny River estuary, its beauty and challenge was recently enhanced by world renowned architect, Tom Fazio.
When the renowned course architect, late Eddie Hackett was commissioned to design his first links course, Waterville challenge and there couldn’t be a more fitting monument memory.
I remember saying to my son Shane on our first visit play in the International Father and Son, "Who their right mind would build a golf course out here?" It is not until you have played this magnificent links most westerly part of Ireland that question can be answered.
Every hole at Waterville is a feature hole, the 200 yd‘s 12th and 196 yd‘s 17th you will remember long after have left this beautiful part of country. Hackett on record constructing "Mass Hole" he tells us "Local contractors told me they weren’t going to touch ground there because Mass was once celebrated in hollow during penal days, we never touched it. Its plateau green natural no need for bunkers, which best tribute can pay hole". played from an elevated tee, not only daunting tee shot but, your full concentration as views are stunning. Liam Higgins resident professional has distinction having albatross 350 yard 16th.
Waterville was the venue of Kerry Gold Classis from 1975 to 1977 won by Tony Jacklin and since been a regular stop over for Tiger Woods, David Duval, Mark O’Meara late Payne Stewart. Indeed made honorary Captain in Millennium after his untimely death tragic plane crash 1999. Waterville has erected bronze statue him unveiling which attended family friends. Once you have played will find excuses return again and again.
Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
Waterville was voted the No. 5-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2018 (Same);
Waterville was voted the No. 5-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Same);
Waterville was voted the No. 5-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Same);
Waterville was voted the No. 5-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Down-1);
Waterville was voted the No. 4-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Same);
Waterville was voted the No. 4-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Same);
Waterville was voted the No. 4-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;
Waterville was voted theNo. 5 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2012, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Waterville was voted the No. 6-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;
Waterville was voted the No. 6 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2010, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Waterville was voted the No. 6-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;
Waterville was voted the No. 6 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2009, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Waterville was voted the No. 6-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;
Waterville was voted the No. 7 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
|Green Fees Weekdays:||€210|
|Green Fees Early Bird & Twilight:
|Green Fees Weekends & B. H.:||€230|
|Winter Green Fees November 1 to March 31:||€75|
|Consecutive Round Rates:
|Club Hire: €50
|Buggy Hire: €40/50||Yes|
|Designer||Tom Fazio, John Mulcahy & Eddie Hackett|
|Website||Waterville golf club website|
|Hon. Secretary:||Sean O'Shea & Noelle Golden|
|Club Pro:||Liam & Brian Higgins 066-94-74102|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Jimmy Sugrue & Mary O’Sullivan|
|Comp. Secretary:||Patricia Gibson|
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to 11.00am|
|Mobile phones: Not on course
||Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering: Full catering, facilities||Days to Avoid: None (phone well in advance)|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends||Pre-booking for open Tournaments: 14-Days in advance|
Waterville Golf Club Fixtures 2019 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2019 (to be Confirmed)|
|Captains' Drive-In||Sunday 6 January||Closed||1|
|Lady President's Prize||Saturday 6 July||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 13 July||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize||Saturday 17 August||Closed||1|
|President's Prize||Saturday 24 August
|President's Prize to the Ladies
||Saturday 28 September||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize to the Ladies||Saturday 12 October||Closed||1|
|Ladies Am-Am||Saturday 6 April||Open||1|
|Invitational Week||Friday 3 May||Sunday 5 May||Closed||3|
|Invitational Week||Saturday 4 May||Closed||1|
|Invitational Week||Sunday 5 May||Closed||1|
|Invitational Week||Friday 17 May||Sunday 19 May||Closed||3|
|Invitational Week||Saturday 18 May||Closed||1|
|Invitational Week||Sunday 19 May||Closed||1|
|Members & Guest Week||Thursday 20 June||Saturday 22 June||Closed||3|
|Members & Guest Week||Friday 21 June||Closed||1|
|Members & Guest Week||Saturday 22 June||Closed||1|
|Course Closed||Thursday 20 June||Saturday 22 June||Closed||3|
|Course Closed||Friday 21 June||Closed||1|
|Course Closed||Saturday 22 June||Closed||1|
|The Kerry Cup||Sunday 7 July||Friday 12 July||Closed||6|
|The Kerry Cup||Monday 8 July||Closed||1|
|The Kerry Cup||Tuesday 9 July||Closed||1|
|The Kerry Cup||Wednesday 10 July||Closed||1|
|The Kerry Cup||Thursday 11 July||Closed||1|
|The Kerry Cup||Friday 12 July||Closed||1|
|International Invitational Father & Daughter
||Monday 22 July||Wednesday 24 July||Closed||3|
|International Invitational Father & Daughter||Tuesday 23 July||Closed||1|
|International Invitational Father & Daughter||Wednesday 24 July||Closed||1|
|International Invitational Father & Son||Wednesday 7 August||Saturday 10 August||Closed||4|
|International Invitational Father & Son||Thursday 8 August||Closed||1|
|International Invitational Father & Son||Friday 9 August||Closed||1|
|International Invitational Father & Son||Saturday 10 August||Closed||1|
|International Member's Guest||Thursday 5 September||Saturday 7 September||Closed||3|
|International Member's Guest||Friday 6 September||Closed||1|
|International Member's Guest||Saturday 7 September||Closed||1|
|Charley Chaplin Am-Am||Friday 4 October
||Saturday 5 October||Open||2|
|Charley Chaplin Am-Am||Saturday 5 October
Card of the Course
|White||Par 72 SSS 72 6,810 yd's|
|Red||Par 73 SSS 72 5,360 yd's|
|Green||Par 72 SSS 70 6,330 yd's|
|Blue||Par 72 SSS 74 7,378 yd's|
Men's Course Record: Pro. 65 Liam Higgins
Lady Captain Ann Quinlan, Captain John Flemming and M. Egan, qualified for the National Finals of the Mercedes-Benz Irish Independent Executive Golf Classic at The K Club on August 12th 2002.
Prior to 2001:
Congratulations to David Higgins who finished second in the Order of Merit on the Challenge Tour to regain his card with total winnings of £46,926 in 2000. I for one would dearly like to see him fulfil his potential in the years to come. Good luck David.
Waterville Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 1996, when the team was Peter Huggard, Karl O'Dwyer, Michael O'Sullivan, Darragh Courtney, Michael Gill, Derry Gibons, John Quinlan, Mick O'Dwyer, Finbar McGillycuddy, Abe Huggard, John O'Connor, Jimmy Sugrue and John K. O'Shea.
They won the West Munster section of the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 2000, when the team was Alan O'Shea, Mick Gill, Finbar McGillycuddy, Richard Murphy, Seamus Murphy, J. B. O'Shea, John King-O'Shea, Darragh Courtney, John O'Neill, Jimmy Sugrue, Michael Courtney, Conor Maher, Padraig O'Neill, David Daly, Kevin O'Shea, Michael Donnelly, Niall Moran, Aidan McAuliffe and Paul Sheehan.
They won the Kerry Shield in 1982, when the team was, Michael Egan, Kevin O'Shea, Russell Orpen, Sean Kelly, Fr. Nicholas Walsh, Michael Courtney and Vincent Doyle. They won it again in 1991, with M. Donnelly, M. O'Sullivan, J. O'Connell, R. Laws, J. Morris, M. Cronin and M. Gill, they were captained by V. O'Sullivan. They won it again the following year with N. Cronin, M. O'Sullivan, J. O'Connell, M. Donnelly, T. O'Sullivan, E. O'Neill and J. Quinlan, they were captained again by V. O'Connor. They won it for the 4th time in 2001, with M. O'Sullivan, D. Courtney, M. Courtney, J. O'Neill, J. O'Connor and J. Curran, they were managed by W. O'Driscoll.
Young Mark Murphy had a wonderful year's golf in the Millennium, when he was runner-up in both West and East of Ireland Championship. Noel Fox of Portmarnock G.C. was the winner of the West Championships and followed it by winning the Irish Open Championship at The Royal Dublin. Noel is a frequent visitor to Waterville. Mark capped off his year by winning the Captain's Willie O'Driscoll's prize by two shots when he shot 39pts. Wonderful golf off his handicap, Mark is one of the nicest young men you will meet and he was the late Payne Stewart's caddy when he visited Waterville they built up a wonderful relationship. I'm sure the bronze sculpture must bring back fond memories each time he passes it. Mark Murphy played Munster Youths in 1998, having played Munster Boys' in 1995.
Michael Murphy, the green keeper at Waterville, won the "Toro" green keeper of the year in 1999.
Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;
David Higgins represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1993 to 1994 playing 18-times won 9-matches halved two and lost 7-matches accumulating 20-points. He represented Ireland at international Youths level from1991 to 1993 playing 10-matches, won 2-match halved two and lost 6-match accumulating 6-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 1990 playing 7-times won 3-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 6-points. He represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1991 to 1994 playing 21-times won 15-matches halved three and lost 3-matches accumulating 33-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1989 to 1993 playing 28-times won 13-matches halved four and lost 11-matches accumulating 30-points;
Mark Murphy represented Ireland as a Senior International in 2000 playing 3-times, won 1-match and lost 2-matches accumulating 2-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1998 to 1999 playing 12-times won 5-matches halved one and lost 6-matches accumulating 11-points. He represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 1995 playing 6-times won 1-match halved two and lost 3-matches accumulating 4-points;
History of Waterville
Instituted 1902 affiliated 1925
The "Sportsman's Holiday Guide" 1897 reports "There is a private course here consisting of nine-holes, pleasantly situated on Innystrand. To the north are sand dunes, and on the other sides, bog or moorland. The green is considered a sporting one and the views from it are very fine, while the Atlantic breezes that blow across it are invigorating and refreshing. The hazards are such as usually to be met on seaside courses. Golf owes its origin in this part to the exertions of the Rev. J. G. Fahy, the Rectory, who first introduced it. During the summer season it forms no slight addition to the native charms of Waterville. Owing to the course being a private one, a small charge is made to visitors per round"
The "Irish Golfing Guide" 1916 names the President as D. Herber, the Captain as William Jones and the Hon. Secretary as A. Duffield.
Waterville Golf Club currently gives a foundation date of 1925 there is not too much evidence to prove it was in existence prior to that date of affiliation. Sunday play was optional and the green-keeper was P. O’Reilly.
Eddie Hackett was retained in the early 1970s to lay-out the new eighteen-holes which is now accepted as being one of the finest links in the world.
Waterville and Ballinskelligs Bay play an important part in the mythology of ancient Ireland. According to the "Book of Invasions" written about 1000 AD, Cessair, the granddaughter of Noah, landed in Ballinskelligs Bay and became Ireland’s first invader. Here too, the last of the mythical invaders, the Milesians, settled in 700 BC and reportedly left behind many of the archaeological sites found in the area. These rich legends, along with the earliest memories of Kerry history, combine to form a mystical aura that visitors to Waterville can sense even today. No area captures this feeling more than the sand hills and strand that border Ballinskelligs Bay and form the present day Waterville Golf Links.
The early spread of golf in Ireland owed much to the influence of the forces of the British Empire. Wherever there was a garrison, there was also a golf course, it seemed. Golf at Waterville on the other hand was introduced through technology by the men who arrived here to work the first transAtlantic cable relaying messages between North America and Europe. They came first to nearby Valentia Island in the 1860’s, then to Ballinskelligs in the 1870’s, and finally to Waterville in 1880’s. Hundreds of technicians and workers arrived in these remote areas to build and man the Cable Stations, and it was inevitable that they should turn to sport and recreation. Golf was part of this agenda but it was of the crudest kind and generally played in winter when the grasses died down.
The earliest structured golf at Waterville has been tracked back to 1889 when it came under the umbrella of the extremely active Waterville Athletic Club. It was a formalised part of the life of the village by 1900, when becoming one of the first clubs to be affiliated with the Golfing Union of Ireland. A modest nine-hole layout occupying for the most part the flat eastern section of the present championship links, it was operated by the Athletic Club for, and on behalf of, the Commercial Cable Company. Over the next fifty years the club membership fluctuated with the demand for cable communication, however in the 1950’s more advanced technology replaced this demand and ultimately the club ceased to exist.
The Links lay dormant throughout the 1960’s waiting the arrival of the Irish born American, John A. Mulcahy who had a vision to build the most testing golf links in the world. Ireland’s foremost links architect, Eddie Hackett, joined Mulcahy and his close friend Claude Harmon, a past Masters champion and head professional at Winged Foot Golf Club and between them designed a course fit to be ranked among the best. The terrain was ideal, and after exhaustive planning and work, the course and its new clubhouse opened in 1973. The original nine holes were reconfigured and expanded to create today’s front nine. Its layout was designed as a contrast to the more rugged and exposed back nine, yet it quickly introduces the player to the complexity and beauty of links golf. The testing begins 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. During the next 15 years under the leadership of John A. Mulcahy and its famous long driving professional Liam Higgins, Waterville enjoyed great popularity.
Numerous professional Tournaments were played, and over forty of the world’s greatest champions from Sam Snead to Nick Faldo experienced the Links.
In 1987 Waterville was sold to a small group of Irish Americans. They loved the game of golf and set about carrying on the history and tradition of the Links. The Links combined with Waterville House, the Directors 18th century four star residence to create one of the finest golf and fishing resorts in the world. The Waterville Fishery, and in particular Butlers Pool next to the House, are famous for salmon and sea trout.
Great champions continue to find their way to Waterville – Els, Furyk, O’Meara, Stewart and Woods to prepare for the 1998 British Open which was then won by Mark O’Meara. Prior to the 1999 Open O’Meara, Stewart and Woods were joined by Appleby, Duval and Jansen, all of which became members of Waterville. Later that year at a ceremony during the now famous Ryder Cup in Brookline Massachusetts, United States team member Payne Stewart accepted the Captaincy of Waterville – the last golf honour he would receive before his tragic death. Today a life sized bronze statue pays tribute to his Captaincy and his special relationship with Waterville.
Waterville Golf Links embarked on a new chapter of its fabled history when noted international golf architect Tom Fazio was commissioned to update the memorable Eddie Hackett masterpiece. 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."
The Fazio project will proceed in concert with a major coastal protection programme and will be completed in 2006 without interruption of regular season play. (see changes) In addition, Waterville House is undergoing its own renovation highlighted by a Fazio designed practice facility, a state of the art health facility and enhancements to the latest angling assets. These projects will insure Watervilles future and reputation as Irelands premier golf destination.
Roll of Honour
|M. Huggard||1989||Ladies Captain|
|J. A. Mulcahy||1989||President|
|P. Curran||1990||Ladies Captain|
|S. O'Sullivan||1990||Men's Captain|
|A. Quinlan||1991||Ladies Captain|
|R. L. Laws||1991||Men's Captain|
|N. Higgins||1992||Ladies Captain|
|E. J. O'Neill||1992||Men's Captain|
|A. Quirke||1993||Ladies Captain|
|F. O'Leary||1993||Men's Captain|
|E. Herbison||1994||Ladies Captain|
|M. Donnelly||1994||Men's Captain|
|A. Flaherty||1995||Ladies Captain|
|S. O'Sullivan||1995||Ladies President|
|T. P. O'Reilly||1995||Men's Captain|
|J. A Mulcahy||1995||Men's President|
|A. O'Driscoll||1996||Ladies Captain|
|M. Clifford||1996||Ladies President|
|M. O'Sullivan||1996||Men's Captain|
|M. C. O'Dwyer||1997||Ladies Captain|
|R. Gillespie||1997||Ladies President|
|M. O'Dwyer||1997||Men's Captain|
|M. Shanahan||1998||Ladies Captain|
|K. Moran||1998||Ladies President|
|J. C. Keating||1998||Men's Captain|
|Eileen Riordan||1999||Ladies Captain|
|D. P. Mulcahy||1999||Men's Captain|
|Dympna Considine||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Ita English||2000||Ladies President|
|William O'Driscoll||2000||Men's Captain|
|Francis Everett||2001||Ladies Captain|
|V. Gill||2001||Ladies President|
|Tom Flaherty||2001||Men's Captain|
|Ann Quinlan||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Helen Doyle||2002||Ladies President|
|John Flemming||2002||Men's Captain|
|P. Marchant||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Maura O'Neill||2003||Ladies President|
|John Flemming||2003||Men's Captain|
|Liz O'Neill||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Margaret Cronin||2004||Ladies President|
|James Curran||2004||Men's Captain|
|Maureen O'Sullivan||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Jenny O'Sullivan||2005||Ladies President|
|Con McCarthy||2005||Men's Captain|
|T. P. O'Reilly||2005||President|
|Ann Aherne||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Patricia Gibson||2006||Ladies President|
|Alan Landers||200||Men's Captain|
|Esther MacAuliffe||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Huggard||2007||Ladies President|
|Michael Gill||2007||Men's Captain|
|Maureen Creedon||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Phil Curran||2008||Ladies President|
|Jack Fitzpatrick||2008||Men's Captain|
|Mary Fleming||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Noreen Higgins||2009||Ladies President|
|Aidan McAuliffe||2009||Men's Captain|
|Moira Lynott||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Abina Quirke||2010||Ladies President|
|Finbar McGillicuddy||2010||Men's Captain|
|Noelle Golden||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Ann Flaherty||2011||Ladies President|
|Hugh Mullins||2011||Men's Captain|
|Helen Coffey||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Ann Flaherty||2012||Ladies President|
|Pat Everett||2012||Men's Captain|
|Jane Bracken||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Shanahan||2013||Ladies President|
|David Farrell||2013||Men's Captain|
|Marie Mullins||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Eileen O'Riordan||2014||Ladies President|
|Ted Foley||2014||Men's Captain|
|Bride O'Brien||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Dympna Considine||2015||Ladies President|
|John O'Neill||2015||Men's Captain|
|Eileen Fitzpatrick||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Aidan O'Connell||2016||Men's Captain|
|Breda Kelly||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Noel O’Sullivan||2017||Men's Captain|
|Kathleen Cronin||2018||Ladies Captain|
|Patrick Murphy||2018||Men's Captain|
|2019||Lowest Ladies H'cap|
|John B. O'Shea (0)
||2019||Lowest Men's H'cap|
Holes in One at Waterville
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|Irma Clifford||10 April 2000||17th||100 yd‘s|
|Donal Fenton||8 October 2000||12th||154 yd‘s|
|Conor O'Mahony||18 November 2000||7th||148 yd‘s|
|John Flemming||13 January 2002||17th||186 yd‘s|
|Rob O'Mahony||20 February 2002||17th||158 yd's|
|Jack O'Connor||15 September 2002||12th||154 yd‘s|
|Eileen O'Riordan||7 August 2005||12th||104 yd's|
|Padraig Doyle||13 May 2009||17th||168 yd's|