With pure air, and only larks and the surge of the mighty Atlantic tide scurrying up the strand to accompany the sound of silence, Waterville golf links is an invigorating and therapeutic haven. A place where the great and the good have come for rest and relaxation, taken up the formidable golfing challenge and forged friendships for life. From Charlie Chaplin to club members Tiger Woods, Mark O’Meara and Payne Stewart, being part of the Waterville story means the start of a love affair. It’s the chance to indulge the passions for not only golf, but gracious living in the 18th century Waterville House by the ocean, and to revel in nature’s bounty.
A dozen elegant bedroom suites, relaxed lounges and health facility – with steam, sauna and massage rooms – feather the soul. Cool nights, warm fires and the craic counter the ravages of a tough day on the fairways. Or if you feel your swing still needs honing, head for the house’s private practice ground. Behind the manor glistens the sailor’s paradise of Lough Currane feeding the teeming river that drifts through the famed Butler’s Pool to the ocean. Guile can tempt the salmon and sea trout to bite. Hunting too on the mountains and moors of the ‘Kingdom of Kerry’ can match the patience and skill needed to tackle the links.
Waterville, with its genial people, scintillating links and blissful location is simply an exceptional corner of the world. Waterville House serves as a home from home for members and their guests and overlooks one of the finest fishing beats in Ireland. The sea angling for bass at the mouth of the river is also acclaimed. Payne Stewart had a special relationship with the people and links of Waterville, and just before his untimely and tragic death accepted his last great honour in the game – the captaincy of the club.