Waterville Golf Club

Originally Published: April 27, 2004
Golf Digest

Waterville Golf Club
The 496-yard par-5 11th hole features a tight fairway.

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Waterville Golf Club
Ring of Kerry
Waterville, Kerry

Eddie Hackett designed the original course that opened in 1880 and John Mulcahy redesigned it in 1970. Henry Cotton called Waterville "one of the great courses ever built," and Ray Floyd ranked it alongside Pebble Beach, Pine Valley and St. Andrews.

The course, which received consideration to host Ireland's first Ryder Cup Matches in 2006, has recently re-opened after a renovation by Tom Fazio. And at 7,184 yards, Waterville is one of the longest courses in Ireland. It is located on the southwest coast in County Kerry and is bordered on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean, making it one of the world's more isolated golfing gems.

The course hosted the 1978 World Cup and with holes such as No. 11 (named "Tranquility") it's easy to see why. The hole is a 496-yard par 5 with an extraordinarily narrow fairway framed on both sides by towering dunes. PGA Tour players think enough of this test that many make it a regular stop prior to playing in the British Open.