Sunday July 10, 2022


Waterville today was my first proper links golf course. Narrow fairways and if you miss, losing it in the tall grass is likely.

A gentle starting hole followed by 2 really tough par 4s. The front nine was a fine set of holes, but the course really started to get interesting with the par 5 11 and got better towards the end. Holes 16, 17, and 18 along the water coming in were fantastic.

I was hitting the ball well, couple birdies on the front and some safe bogeys. Felt good about things until I 4 putted the 12th hole for bogey and then started to get shaky. The wind started to pick up to, so I tried to change my swing to hit low driving shots and that was a disaster. But loads of fun and interesting golf nonetheless.

We had a quick bite in the Waterville clubhouse before driving back to Killarney.

Hole Par Score Comments
1 4 4 Good drive, 140yds in with 8I to 20ft, 2 putt
2 4 5 Drive right into rough, 4Hy pulled into tall grass left of green, awesome splash to 6 feet, left putt short
3 4 5 Good drive, 4Hy into string wind left short of green, decent chip but short of pin, 2 putt
4 3 2 Par 3 looking down a canyon, 170yds with 6I to 3 feet, birdie
5 5 5 Center cut drive, 3Hy to 10 paces short of green, poor chip to 40 feet, 2 putts
6 3 4 Perfect 6I that hit pin high and bounded over the green into high rough, wedge to 20 feet, 2 putt
7 4 5 Par 4 into the wind. ok drive and pulled 3I left of green, chipped on and lipped out par putt
8 4 3 Good drive, approach shot short right of gree, chipped in for birdie
9 4 5 Good drive, pulled approach left next to bunker, awkward lie and chipped not close, 2 putt
10 4 5 Good drive and good 3Hy onto green of this long par 4, bad three putt bogey
11 5 5 Good drive and precise 3Hy to bottom of hill short of green, chip on, 2 putt par
12 3 3 The Mass Hole, 180yds with good 6I past the pin, 2 putts
13 5 6 Shortish par 5, good drive leaving 237yds, 3Hy to just sort of green, 4 putts(!)
14 4 4 Good drive and another piercing 6I to the right side of the green, 2 putts
15 4 5 Short par 4 with winding downhill approach, Good drive leaving 130yds into green, got cute and skulled a wedge over the green, chip and 2 putts
16 4 6 Dogleg left par 4, good drive but skulled approach, made a mess of the green for double
17 3 5 Gorgeous par 3, 170yds with 6I, another double
18 5 6 Good drive but found a small fairway bunker with my second shot, 9I approached pulled left leaving 100ft putt, 3 putt
White 72 83 Balls Lost: 0


#2, chip from the bushes


#4, 6I to 3 feet and birdie


#8, chip in for birdie


#12, good par at the Mass Hole


In the fairway at 13


#15, neat short par 4


#17, highest point at Waterville


#18 tee box

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