Golf is one of the prime sports in Ireland and it can be played year round in Waterford. According to the websites there is a statue of Tiger Woods here and also one to Payne Stewart
Golf at Waterville was first introduced by the men who arrived here to work the first transAtlantic cable relaying messages between North America and Europe, it was the crudest kind of golf and generally only played in the summer when the grasses died down
Links golf combines sand dunes gorse and native grasses, firm fairways, sod faced bunkers and subtle putting surfaces all intertwined by the ever changing weather.
Smart casual dress is essential in the clubhouse. It must be clean, neat and tidy in keeping with the high standards of the clubhouse.
Soft spikes are encouraged but not mandatory. All guests of Waterville House have priority access to the Links as special tee times have been set aside. Tee times may also be arranged through a Golf Tour Operator as part of your Ireland package. In addition you may call, fax or email the Links administrative office in Ireland.
Room Rates (per room)
Single € 185
Twin Room € 275
Early/Late Green Fees € 115 per person per round
Weekday Green Fees € 180 per person per round
Weekend Green Fees € 190 per person per round
Second Rounds € 130 per person
Golf Cars € 50 per round
Pull Carts € 4 per round
Senior Caddies € 40 per round (single bag)
Senior Caddies € 80 per round (double bag)
Junior Caddies € 25 per round
Club Rental € 35 per round
Yardage Booklet € 5 per booklet
"IRELAND - HOME OF THE LINKS"
Let me preface this by saying I played the worst golf of my life on this trip . . . and it didn't matter.
A golf vacation in Ireland is like visiting the Hershey's Chocolate Factory and finally understanding more about chocolate besides the fact it tastes good. You develop a finer appreciation of the taste, the presentation and for the different types and flavors. I mean, let's face it. Golf is one of the most frustrating games people can play. What keeps people coming back? The history, the opportunity to hit the perfect shot, the chance to spend a glorious day outside? In Ireland, it is clearly for the post round pint of Guinness. IF YOU LOVE GOLF, GO TO IRELAND IF YOU GET THE CHANCE. Between the history, beautiful scenery, friendly people and stellar golf, it is a great and memorable trip. I have never had as much fun golfing in a torrential downpour before...
Just bring plenty of balls...you'll need them!
"The European Club"
The European Club is a new course located 30 miles south of Dublin in Brittas Bay. The greens fees run between 25-30 irish pounds. The course runs along Arklow Bay and if you are not a straight hitter, enjoy the view. This eighteen hole, par 71 course measures approx. 6800 yards and is pretty hilly.
Phone Number is: 404 47415.
"The European Club"
I can't say enough about this golf course. This place is amazing. Located on farmland by the sea...I think I hit a wayward drive and knocked a sheep out cold.....
"Dooks and Killarney"
Unfortunately, due to the rain, my pics of Dooks and Killarney did not turnout real well. Golf in Ireland can turn out to be a foul weather sport. In fact, when playing Killarney in gale force winds and the driving rain, the locals called it a day and ducked under a tree. We had come a few thousand miles to play so they let us play through. . . and laughed at our determination. As you can see from the picture, Killarney was wet!
Dooks is an old course located on the water of Dingle Bay with the Kerry Mountains in the backdrop. The name Dooks comes from the Gaelic word for sandbank. The course is very reasonably price and was a fun course to play.
It is located in the middle of nowhere though, so it is less crowded and I guarantee that it is worth the drive.
Phone Number for Dooks is: 06668205
Killarney Golf and Fishing Club is host to the Mahoney's Point Course and the Killeen Course. The Irish Open was played here in 1991 and the course calls for more strategic than wide open play. Killarney's phone number is: 064 31034
"Waterville House & Golf Course"
Waterville was by far one of the most challenging and beautiful courses in the world. We arrived a week after Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan had played and locals would not stop talking about " That Lad Tiger.... He can sure hit the ball..." Much of Waterville, well, runs along the water and the views are amazing. The course is in tremedous shape. When I heard that the locals can play the course as many times as they want for 300 irish pounds a year, I almost quit my job and moved to this small town to open up a pub......
Waterville's phone number is: 066 74102
"Ballybunion - Bill Clinton's Favorite Place to Gol"
Ballybunion was the perfect end to my golf trip. I was finally hitting the ball well, but the course is fairly narrow and if you are even a few feet off the fairway, kiss your ball goodbye. Also consistently ranked as one of the top courses in the world, the huge dunes, tall grass and ocean front holes add up for a golfing challenge you will never forget. Ballybunion has two courses. the Cashen Course and the Old Course and both are formidable challenges. If you can only play one round in Ireland, this is the course.
Ballybunion's phone number is: 068 27146
"Find the Ball in this Picture...I CAN'T EITHER!"
"All You Have to Do is Hit the Ball Straight...."
"GOLF, golf and more golf"
Village side of the waterfront from the bus