DG IRELAND TOP150 – 2024
WEST WATERFORD GOLF CLUB
Editor, Kevin Markham
“… for peace comes dropping slow” wrote WB Yeats in The Lake Isle of Innisfree. In terms of Irish golf courses, nowhere does that apply to more than West Waterford. The calm and beauty of the Irish landscape wraps around it like a cloak, the River Brickey quiet and serene on one side, views spilling ever onwards to the Comeragh Mountains on the other. For Eddie Hackett’s 100th
design, just outside Dungarvan, he embraced the tranquil beauty that the Irish landscape offered and created a peaceful haven for golf.
It is positively languid at times as fairways arc sweetly between the trees, but don’t think it lacks bite: the 3rd is an uphill, left-to-right dogleg which demonstrates how tricky ‘natural’ can be. And the par threes are not to be trifled with.
The back nine descends towards the Brickey and it threatens along the left on three holes (12, 14 and 15), even though it is rarely seen
This is country golf at its best and it has produced two very talented golfers: Seamus Power and Gary Hurley
The par-3 4th is one of the signature holes here, a
hole drifting gently uphill and over a winding ditch
What’s in the Bag?
In the quiet surroundings there’s nothing like the
sound of a crushed drive. And there are plenty of
opportunities to swing hard
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