12th Hole, Waterville Golf LinksRegular price $95.00
The par-3 12th hole embodies Waterville's intertwining of the then and now. During a difficult period in Ireland's sometimes-tortured history, British rulers declared a law barring the Irish from practicing Catholicism. Locals refused to comply and they used the low area protected by the dunes to celebrate Mass, baptisms, weddings and the like. They would post lookouts atop the dunes, and because the British soldiers were the only ones with horses, if they saw a dust cloud rising up, they would disperse in every direction, sometimes remaining hidden in the deep grass and hills until awaiting the safety of the night. Ultimately, the British got wise to the tactic, capturing the Catholic priest and sending him off to a prison ship where ultimately he was beheaded. Eddie Hackett the courses architect ended up cutting the green atop the opposite dune from the tee, stretching to 210 yards from the tips, protecting nature's church and creating one of the great par 3s in the world of golf.