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Waterville

Golf

Waterville Golf Links. Famously adopted by Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara to practice their swings for the British Open, this 18-hole course remains one of the toughest and most scenic in Ireland or Britain. A championship links consisting of sand dunes, gorse, native grass, and sod-faced bunkers linked by firm fairways and carefully tended greens, Waterville is surrounded by the wild Atlantic on two of its three sides. This is one of Ireland's top five courses and is considered to be among the best in the world. Gary Player described the 11th hole, which runs for 500 yards through majestic dunes, as "the most beautiful and satisfying par 5 of them all." Caddies must be booked in advance. Waterville, Co. Kerry. 066/947–4102. www.watervillegolfclub.ie. Fees: Apr.–Oct., weekdays €144, weekends €163. Nov.–Mar., €58. 18 holes. Yardage: 7,355. Par 72. Practice area, caddies, caddy carts, buggies, catering. Visitors daily, year-round.

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