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Tralee

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Founded: 1983
Designer: Arnold Palmer
Championship Length: 6,806 yards
PAR: 71
Type: Links
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Who this course is best for:

A golfer who enjoys the most visually spectacular courses, enjoys links golf with huge dunes in their natural state, enjoys playing a newer Arnold Palmer designed course.

Overview:

Representing the first European design of Arnold Palmer, Tralee Golf Club in southwestern Ireland is one of the most spectacularly beautiful golf courses you will ever encounter. And while beauty often masks certain deficiencies in a golf course, that is certainly not the case with Tralee. Having completed his masterpiece, Palmer commented: “I have never come across a piece of land so ideally suited for the building of a golf course. I am happy that we have one of the world’s great links here.” While it always boasted a magnificent setting, with the course settling down and the greens thriving over time, Tralee has now joined the elite group of Irish links. With views of the Atlantic and white sandy beaches from almost every hole, Tralee earns rave reviews from all who play it. Renowned golf writer Peter Dobereiner aptly summed up the experience of playing here, commenting: “As a spectacle, Tralee is in a different class…the setting is quite the most magnificent backdrop for a golf course I have ever encountered. It thus passes with distinction my first test of a course, which is that it should be an exhilarating place to walk around regardless of how well or badly you may be playing.”

Tralee is one of those courses where it is difficult to concentrate on your game due to the breathtaking nature of the scenery, but you will nevertheless note that the course offers countless superb holes. Best on the front nine include the doglegging par 5, 2nd hole, which measures over 590 yards from the championship tees and plays directly along the Atlantic Ocean to the right; the demanding par 3, 3rd hole, which requires a tee shot struck almost over the beach to a green guarded left and right by bunkers; and the relatively short par 4, 8th hole, which again requires a brave tee shot skirting with a watery grave on the left and requiring a pinpoint approach to a target sloping wickedly from right to left.

Brace yourself for one of the finest homeward stretches in golf. Each hole from the 10th to the 18th provides an unforgettable experience. When playing your second shot to the 12th green, you will quickly realize why it’s rated the most difficult on the course. Assuming you have hit a good drive, a huge depression from which there is no escape lurks to the left, while there is literally nowhere to land your ball other than on the green. The short par 3, 13th over what is best described as “trouble” is all about trusting your club selection, while the longer par 3, 16th requires a well-struck mid to long iron from an elevated tee to a green cleverly protected by bunkers and perched directly beside the Atlantic Ocean.

Course review content courtesy of Golf Publisher Syndications

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Art Testimonial Scotland 2010

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“Our arrival to St. Andrews was magical.  The Old Course to our left, the Royal & Ancient Club house and the North Sea in front of us made it such as special moment in our lives that we will never forget.”  

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