The BrickeyTrophy and the “Helvic Heads"

In the year when West Waterford GC first opened, a group of friends arrived to play golf and started a relationship with the club which has been unbroken since that time.  Now known as the Helvic Heads, the group has expanded to 16 in number and compete for the Brickey Trophy on the first weekend of September each year.

An Amateur's Guide to the Golf Courses of Ireland

By Kevin Markham

West Waterford - Established 1993

Not A Foot Wrong

societysEven the weaker holes (the 6th to the 9th) work really well here.  They are separated from the course by a gentle hill and they go back and forth.  As you walk down the long and dark path to the 6th tee box these holes look similar - but they're not.  They are of different lengths and offer different tests.  The 9th green, by the clubhouse, offers the best views of the Comeragh Mountains.

It is the holes on the other side that are so wonderful where the creativity focuses on simplicity.  West Waterford has used the hills and trees perfectly, nowhere more effectively than holes 2 and 3, two reverse dog legs.  The 2nd hits down and demands a draw; the 3rd goes up and needs a fade.  Both are tight, need exact shots, and are enticing: they are beautiful holes.