Charlie Chaplin’s annual golf trips: ‘Beautiful Clare mountains’

Charlie Chaplin was a regular at Waterville Golf Club The Irish tourism board and well-known visiting golfer Charlie Chaplin have teamed up to attract more tourists to one of Ireland’s prime golf resorts, Waterville…

Charlie Chaplin's annual golf trips: 'Beautiful Clare mountains'

Charlie Chaplin was a regular at Waterville Golf Club

The Irish tourism board and well-known visiting golfer Charlie Chaplin have teamed up to attract more tourists to one of Ireland’s prime golf resorts, Waterville in Clare.

Waterville recently announced the return of its 400-year-old links course, complete with new hole and a putting green.

Chaplin had the course first listed on his annual golf trip reports in the 1930s and ’40s.

His reports in 1915, 1917 and 1917 are on display at Waterville and in preparation for the reopening.

Chaplin’s report for the 1926 report, recorded on the photo-album of his daughter Rosalind, says his mother Margaret Chaplin accompanied him on his annual trip to Ireland, his wife Evangeline and their daughters Anna, Jacqueline and Frances.

What I have seen [in Clare] weds and blends beautifully with the widespread forest and stone dwellings:

This travelogue is a letter from 1895 to 1900, the year he bought the property

He told the author that he went to Waterville several times a year, returning “each time, a better golfer”, and described the opportunity “to see the lovely Clare mountains”.

Chaplin said his favourite hole in his report is “the long, straight, par four, tenth”.

His 1895 report says the fairways had “glowing earth” and attracted more trees than you might expect.

“It was a real green fairway, unlike the sandy ones that you find elsewhere. “They also had tree-houses, fantastic little shots,” the report said.

In 1895 Chaplin also describes the border war of nine months earlier in Shannon and says the conflict had been resolved but “the dunes are still overgrown with weeds, and can only be restored if the war really resumes”.

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