The quiet village set against the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Waterville, Ireland is truly a place to getaway from the world – just you, your friends and the most beautiful golf courses on the planet. I can’t wait to return for next year’s Carr Golf World Invitational Father/Daughter Tournament!
It’s been four months since our trip to Waterville for the family golf tournament of our dreams. I can still close my eyes and walk the charming cobblestone streets of the village, where my dad and I would take a morning stroll, listening to the waves crash against the shore.
For just the few short days we were there, it felt like the world had stopped. Waterville made time stand still, where you didn’t care to check your emails or texts – a place where none of the clutter of life even seemed to matter. In Waterville we found peace.
We also found a new family. I encourage you to come join us in July 2019 for the Annual Carr Golf World Invitational Father/Daughter Tournament. Or to just simply make Waterville a must stop on your next Irish adventure. The golf is fantastic too!
Golf in Waterville
We played all four days of our trip on the breathtaking Waterville Golf Links. Rated a Top 5 course in Ireland, I came to call Waterville the Pebble Beach of Ireland by the end of our trip. The inward nine wraps around the intercoastal and cliffs of the Atlantic Ocean, giving you views you will never forget and winds that will challenge your golf game like never before. While the outward nine is a tour of the beautiful Irish valleys with farms and mountainous peaks in the distance – this is the Ireland you’ve always hoped to see in person.
A brand new course dubbed ‘Hogs Head’ has just popped up in the village of Waterville, a passion project of two friends and golf fanatics. The Robert Trent Jones Jr. design is turning the heads of golf fans worldwide.
Waterville’s best place to grab a pint
The Lobster Bar & Restaurant is just like you’ve pictured a traditional Irish Pub to be, full of the village regulars, all the Guinness you could dream of, a guaranteed good time and a live musician if you are lucky.
Our favorite breakfast spot in Waterville
We were lucky to stumble upon the Beachcove Café our first morning in Waterville and we went back every morning after that, it was so good! A little café right off the rugged coastline of Waterville, the charming café had the best lattes and their homemade waffles drizzled with warm maple syrup and topped with Irish bacon were to die for!
Where to stay in Waterville
Did you know that Charlie Chaplin’s favorite and regular vacation spot was Waterville? They even have a statue of him in the village. Each year that he came he would stay at the Butler Arms Hotel and it has remained to be one of the premier places to stay in Waterville.
But nowadays there are so many wonderful spots as well! From the cottages being built at Hogs Head to Waterville House (where my dad and I are pictured above) and the many charming Bed & Breakfasts, you can’t go wrong. Looking for something a little more modern? We had our tournament-ending dinner and awards ceremony at the gorgeous Sea Lodge Hotel. I highly recommend!
Our favorite dinner in Waterville
We had many fabulous group dinners during the Father/Daughter Tournament but we really enjoyed our evening at the Smugglers Inn. With views of the ocean and spectacular seafood, we highly recommend a night with friends at this classic restaurant.
Want to come to Waterville?!
Join me, my dad and our newest friends at the 12th Annual Carr Golf World Invitational Father/Daughter tournament, July 23-26, 2019!
You can read more about our experience under the ‘Golf’ tab on my T-time blog. And don’t be shy, reach out to me with your questions on Instagram or email [email protected] to signup. I hope to see you there!