This course started out as a nine hole golf course in 1889 which was laid out in the eastern section of the current course. The club eventually folded but then was bought by Irish American Jack Mulcahy in the late 1960s who commissioned Claude Hammon and Eddie Hackett, Ireland’s most prolific architect, to design a new course. Waterville Links opened for play in 1973. Starting in the 1990s American course architect Tom Fazio began an extensive course makeover of Waterville that is now complete.
Lying just one mile north from the town center immediately in back of a wide, white beach and offering spectacular sea and mountainous scenery the layout is a par 72, 7,200-yard (6,600 from the middle tees) links-style course that draws the highest accolades from the world's best golfers.
Ranked among the Top 25 International Courses by Golf Digest, Waterville is truly a mystical Links in the Kingdom of Kerry. The late Henry Cotton, three times British Open champion, said it best "Waterville has to be one of the greatest golf courses ever built. If it were locat-ed in Britain, it would undoubtedly be a venue for the British Open. I have never seen a more consistent succession of really strong and beautiful golf holes than here".