Golfers from around the world flock to Waterville, at the far end of the Ring of Kerry. This is something special, something idyllic, and the setting only makes the course all the more perfect. The drive here, on narrow roads above the sea builds the expectation no end.Few courses can boast such picture-perfect holes and such a sensuous rhythm. It is an easy course to fall in love with. You can thank Eddie Hackett and, later, Tom Fazio for this links work-of-art. And the greens run like velvet.

The dunes start low but build quickly into something more dramatic and wonderfully chaotic. The many raised tee boxes, however, ensure you can see much of the hole and, with wide fairways, it will make you want to swing hard. It’s a long course so go right ahead.
The front nine are excellent but the back nine are simply stunning with holes like 11 and 12, and the seaside run for home (16 to 18) leaving you speechless.

Favourite Hole: the par five 18th, is a beautiful straight finishing hole but the par three Mass Hole (12th) is as good as you will find anywhere. Don’t be short.
What’s in the Bag? You’ll need length. Failing that, find the fair
ways and let the ball run.

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