Did Charlie Chaplin build Waterville Golf Course?

The mini-golf course at the Waterville Golf Club Waterville is a regular stop on Harry Potter’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ride. Inside the two day residence featured on JK Rowling’s book-turned-film…

Did Charlie Chaplin build Waterville Golf Course?

The mini-golf course at the Waterville Golf Club

Waterville is a regular stop on Harry Potter’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ride.

Inside the two day residence featured on JK Rowling’s book-turned-film is the fictional restaurant The Westbury, serving up American fare, ice cream and hot dogs.

And there’s an eatery at Waterville that only seems natural for a wizard.

In addition to the ski slopes and golf courses, Waterville is a resort for golfers.

Not many golf courses have actual courses for batting and making birdies, but this one does.

Waterville has the unique designation of having an ever-changing ‘hole’ with each of its nine holes replacing the last one, created in 1904.

Charles Chaplin, in his 1930s peak, was so enamoured with Waterville that he would visit it every year for a while.

The grounds were once owned by the Black family and Charlie was given some of the sprawling property for his birthday in the 1930s. He would never return.

But his old uncle Harry Greenwood, a showman who also ruled the resort from 1937 to 1958, held onto the plot and is believed to have kept the home standing.

In 1962, the American actor attended the sale of the land in Waterville, the resort – some kind of venue had to be found to hold the money.

He would stay for the day, to see what the place was like.

The deal was made with Harry Greenwood, a showman and multimillionaire, and the famous stars golf course officially opened in 1968.

Charlie Chaplin would then go on to become the managing director of England’s St Regis Hotel in Paris, the last resort he would come to, but Waterville has just been voted Traveler’s Choice Award Resort of the Year for Scotland for the third time.

Could it be true? Who could be so inspired by a resort so small that you’ll never reach its 18th hole?

Well, we tried to answer that question.

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