Destination Golf Ireland 2018 * - Page 93

Tralee The links at Tralee is home to some of the best holes in Ireland, as well as some of the most dazzling scenery. From the high clubhouse most of the 18 holes are on show and they will take your breath away. Beyond the edges of the course, the dunes, beaches, mountains and seascapes led Golf Channel to nominate Tralee as a top ten ‘Best Ocean Courses’ in the world. (The list includes Ballybunion and Old Head.) This is a golf experience you will be unlikely to forget. Tralee was designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, despite Palmer’s protestations that “surely God designed the back nine.” Certainly the perfect landscape of towering, twisting dunes and deep hollows left little for the designers to do. The run from 12 to 17 is one unbelievable hole after another and the green settings here, and everywhere else, couldn’t be more enthralling... but putting surfaces are often steep and swaying so don’t be surprised if approach shots slip away. It adds to the drama. Tralee recently added a driving range with sheltered bays and a new six hole par three course will open later this year. www.traleegolfclub.com 91