Waterville Golf Course Review

Par 72, 7,378 yards, links

A proper links course with views of the sea from just about every hole. There is lots of gorse and rolling fairways featuring plenty of bunkers and undulating greens. It is a long course from the back tees and when the wind blows, it provides a great test for golfers of all abilities.Better players will want to take on the challenge from the championship tees, but high handicappers will find that it is a fair test from the yellows.

It was established by local workers at the end of the 19th century and fell into disrepair before being redesigned in the 1960s and again, more recently, by the renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio. The result is a wondrous course that calls for accuracy from the tee and, when the wind gets up, an ability to keep the ball low.  

The 16th hole measures 350 yards and is called Liam's Ace. Why? The tee shot is blind and the Liam in question is Liam Higgins, the Irish professional. "Back in the day, I used to hit the ball a long way and I struck a great drive that landed on the green and disappeared into the hole. There were four priests on the green and one of them stole my ball!" Higgins recalls.

Waterville

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Dereck Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.