Waterville golf club Kerry

Waterville golf course Kerry

Waterville Golf Course

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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 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;

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Green Fees Weekdays: €200
Green Fees Early Bird & Twilight:
€150
Green Fees Weekends & B. H.: €220
Winter Green Fees November 1 to March 31: €75
Consecutive Round Rates contact Office:
 
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: Yes
Soft Spikes: Yes
Course Type Links
No Holes 18
Members 242
Designer Tom Fazio, John Mulcahy & Eddie Hackett
Founded 1889
Address

Ring-of-Kerry,
Waterville,
Co. Kerry

Telephone 066-9474102
Email info@watervillegolflinks.ie
Website Waterville golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Noel Cronin
Captain: Noel O’Sullivan
Lady Captain: Breda Kelly
Presidents': Frank Stephenson & Ann Quinlan   
Vice-Captains': Patrick Murphy & Kathleen Cronin
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 
Waterville Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:51.842033
Long:-10.197115
*Please check information before travelling

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 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Sunday 8 January   Closed 1
Lady President's Prize Saturday 8 July   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 15 July   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Saturday 19 August   Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 27 August
  Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies Saturday 14 October   Closed 1
Ladies Am-Am Saturday 8 April   Open 1
Invitational Week Friday 9 June Sunday 11 June Closed 3
Invitational Week Saturday 10 June   Closed 1
Invitational Week Sunday 11 June   Closed 1
Invitational Week Friday 16 June Sunday 18 June Closed 3
Invitational Week Saturday 17 June   Closed 1
Invitational Week Sunday 18 June   Closed 1
Course Closed Thursday 22 June Saturday 24 June Closed 3
Course Closed Friday 23 June   Closed 1
Course Closed Saturday 24 June   Closed 1
The Kerry Cup Sunday 9 July Friday 14 July Closed 6
The Kerry Cup Monday 10 July   Closed 1
The Kerry Cup Tuesday 11 July   Closed 1
The Kerry Cup Wednesday 12 July   Closed 1
The Kerry Cup Thursday 13 July   Closed 1
The Kerry Cup Friday 14 July   Closed 1
International Invitational Father & Daughter
Monday 24 July Wednesday 26 July Closed 3
International Invitational Father & Daughter Tuesday 25 July   Closed 1
International Invitational Father & Daughter Wednesday 26 July   Closed 1
International Invitational Father & Son Wednesday 9 August Saturday 12 August Closed 4
International Invitational Father & Son Thursday 10 August   Closed 1
International Invitational Father & Son Friday 11 August   Closed 1
International Invitational Father & Son Saturday 12 August   Closed 1
International Member's Guest Thursday 7 September Saturday 9 September Closed 3
International Member's Guest Friday 8 September   Closed 1
International Member's Guest Saturday 9 September   Closed 1
Charley Chaplin Am-Am Friday 29 September
Saturday 30 September Open 2
Charley Chaplin Am-Am Saturday 30 September
  Open 1
Norte Dame College Event
Saturday 7 October
Monday 9 October Closed 3
Norte Dame College Event Sunday 8 October   Closed 1
Norte Dame College Event Monday 9 October   Closed 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
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

Card

Name Hole No. Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
Last Easy 1 445 395 375 4 11 303 4 13
Christy's Choice 2 464 432 396 4 1 372 5 17
Sanctuary 3 433 408 364 4 3 312 4 3
Dunes 4 199 176 154 3 17 136 3 15
Tipperary 5 595 551 509 5 13 447 5 5
Inny Valley 6 194 166 148 3 15 148 3 11
Teacher 7 424 404 382 4 7 330 4 9
Hare 8 436 402 392 4 9 312 4 7
Prodigal 9 445 405 375 4 5 320 4 1
  Out 3,635 3,339 3,095 35   2,680 36  
Red Breast 10 475 450 405 4 2 323 4 6
Tranquillity 11 506 477 467 5 12 368 5 12
Mass Hole 12 200 164 144 3 14 104 3 16
Meadow Lark 13 504 492 442 5 18 395 5 10
Judge 14 456 416 390 4 4 328 4 4
Vale 15 428 396 370 4 6 316 4 8
Liam's Ace 16 386 352 342 4 10 320 4 2
Mulcahu's Peak 17 194 168 153 3 16 120 3 18
O'Grady's Beach 18 594 556 522 5 8 406 5 14
  In 3,742 3,471 3,235 37   2,680 37  
  Total 7,378 6,810 6,330 72   5,360 73  
  SSS 74 72 70     72    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: Pro. 65 Liam Higgins

Members Achievements

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

Member Year Hon. Position
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
F. O'Leary 1996 President
M. C. O'Dwyer 1997 Ladies Captain
R. Gillespie 1997 Ladies President
M. O'Dwyer 1997 Men's Captain
E. English 1997 President
M. Shanahan 1998 Ladies Captain
K. Moran 1998 Ladies President
J. C. Keating 1998 Men's Captain
T. Murphy 1998 President
Eileen Riordan 1999 Ladies Captain
D. P. Mulcahy 1999 Men's Captain
Peter Huggard 1999 President
Dympna Considine 2000 Ladies Captain
Ita English 2000 Ladies President
William O'Driscoll 2000 Men's Captain
Tom O'Sullivan 2000 President
Francis Everett 2001 Ladies Captain
V. Gill 2001 Ladies President
Tom Flaherty 2001 Men's Captain
J. O'Connor 2001 President
Ann Quinlan 2002 Ladies Captain
Helen Doyle 2002 Ladies President
John Flemming 2002 Men's Captain
M. Egan 2002 President
P. Marchant 2003 Ladies Captain
Maura O'Neill 2003 Ladies President
John Flemming 2003 Men's Captain
Ted McCarthy 2003 President
Liz O'Neill 2004 Ladies Captain
Margaret Cronin 2004 Ladies President
James Curran 2004 Men's Captain
Eamon O'Neill 2004 President
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
Sean O'Sullivan  2006 President
Esther MacAuliffe 2007 Ladies Captain
Mary Huggard  2007 Ladies President
Michael Gill 2007 Men's Captain
John Quinlan 2007 President
Maureen Creedon 2008 Ladies Captain
Phil Curran  2008 Ladies President
Jack Fitzpatrick 2008 Men's Captain
Finbar McAuliffe 2008 President
Mary Fleming 2009 Ladies Captain
Noreen Higgins  2009 Ladies President
Aidan McAuliffe 2009 Men's Captain
Vincent O'Sullivan 2009 President
Moira Lynott 2010 Ladies Captain
Abina Quirke 2010 Ladies President
Finbar McGillicuddy 2010 Men's Captain
Michael O'Sullivan 2010 President
Noelle Golden 2011 Ladies Captain
Ann Flaherty 2011 Ladies President
Hugh Mullins 2011 Men's Captain
Michael O'Sullivan 2011 President
Helen Coffey 2012 Ladies Captain
Ann Flaherty 2012 Ladies President
Pat Everett 2012 Men's Captain
William O'Driscoll 2012 President
Jane Bracken 2013 Ladies Captain
Mary Shanahan 2013 Ladies President
David Farrell 2013 Men's Captain
William O'Driscoll 2013 President
Marie Mullins 2014 Ladies Captain
Eileen O'Riordan 2014 Ladies President
Ted Foley 2014 Men's Captain
Jim Sugrue 2014 President
Bride O'Brien 2015 Ladies Captain
 Dympna Considine 2015 Ladies President
John O'Neill 2015 Men's Captain
Jim Sugrue 2015 President
Eileen Fitzpatrick 2016 Ladies Captain
Francis Everett
2016 Ladies President
Aidan O'Connell 2016 Men's Captain
Frank Stephenson
2016 President
Breda Kelly 2017 Ladies Captain
Ann Quinlan
2017 Ladies President
Noel O’Sullivan 2017 Men's Captain
Frank Stephenson 2017 President
  2017 Lowest Ladies H'cap
John B. O'Shea (0)
2017 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