Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Waterford Castle Golf Club

‘The object of golf is not just to win. It is to play like a gentleman, and win.' 

Phil Mickelson

To begin our exploration of the 101 thing to do in Waterford Castle & Surrounding areas, we will be looking the Waterford Castle Golf Club. The Golf Club is still celebrating Kevin Phelan’s recent participation in the U.S Open. Not only was it an amassing achievement to qualify for this prestigious event, the 22 year old achieved a feat which eluded many more established players by making the cut. Kevin was born in Waterford and is based in Flordia, where he is currently studying for a Sports Management degree in the University of North Flordia. However, Kevin maintained his strong Waterford links, practicing and perfecting his world class swing on Waterford Castle’s championship golf course and he remains member of Waterford Castle Golf Club.

Uniquely, Waterford Castle Golf Club lays claim to being Ireland’s only true island golf resort. Designed by the renowned former Ryder Cup player and vice captain, Des Smith, this 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course, utilizes the natural landscape of the Island.  

The course itself runs to 6,814 yards, off the medal tees, and covers an expansive area of over 200 acres. The layout of the golf course reveals attractive rolling fairways and subtle contoured greens, which magnificently blend into the natural landscape. A number of man-made features further accentuate the Island’s beauty.  For instance, despite being surrounded by water, Waterford Castle Golf Resort boasts four additional water features on the second, third, fourth and sixteenth hole, which are aesthetically pleasing while providing golfers with added challenges!  Additionally, the golf course boasts its own Swilken Bridge, though it was not built the Roman Empire! While this challenging golf course is completely detached from the mainland, it is ideally located for an Irish golfing vacation. 

Additionally, Waterford Castle Golf Resort offers a year round driving range facility with two covered bays and one teaching bay. The driving range has floodlighting facilities which afford golfers the opportunity to hone their skills at any time of the day. The driving range consists of two distinct areas; one for your short game, and another for your long game. Furthermore, there is a fully grassed and fairway maintained chipping area is available for practice during the daylight hours. This area features two chipping zones and a simulated putting green, affording you the opportunity to sharpen your short game. Also, a nine-hole putting green is available for use in front of the club house; completed to the same standard of the golf course.

The Golf Pro Shop is open daily Open daily for all your golfing needs; stocking leading brands of clothing and golfing equipment. Also, the Clubhouse Bar is open form morning to dusk, offering unrivalled ‘craic’. With delicious food served from noon onwards, Sky Sports, friendly staff and an excellent pint of Guinnes, this is the ideal spot to relax and unwind after a busy day mastering your swing and putting action.

If you a planning a trip to Waterford Castle Hotel, why not view our ‘101 things to do’, which contains a variety of activities which can be enjoyed during your trip. To view the list, please visit www.waterfordcastle.com . Additionally, you are planning to visit Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort or if you have recently stayed with us, why not visit our Tripadvisor page http://www.tripadvisor.ie/Hotel_Review-g186638-d212907-Reviews-Waterford_Castle_Hotel-Waterford_County_Waterford.html .

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