Our tour of the South West coast of Ireland included the likes of Ballybunion, Lahinch and Doonbeg (now Trump International Ireland) so, while I was still looking forward to my round at Tralee, I was half expecting the other courses to outshine it due to their more established reputations...the aforementioned courses are awesome but in my opinion, Tralee trumped the lot!
The moment you arrive in the Tralee car park you know you’re in for a special round of golf as the setting is truly breathtaking. Views out over the ocean are on offer from pretty much all over the course and the Dingle Peninsula in the distance makes the backdrop even more special.
The first three holes are stunning and take you right along the edge of the water, seriously whetting your appetite for the rest of the round. The next few holes kind of connect the dots (they are by no means weak holes by the way) but from the 7th tee onwards, Tralee is simply stunning.
7 and 8 take you back along the coastline and after climbing towards the clubhouse as you make your way up the 9th (time to stock up on drinks, snacks etc), the back nine beckons...this is the best part of the course and once you’ve played it you simply have to agree with Arnold Palmer’s assertion that while he designed the front nine, “surely God designed the back nine”.
As you make your way through the giant dunes along the Tralee coastline, you think to yourself, “surely this can’t get any better?”, but every time you emerge on the tee of the next hole, you’re bowled over by a new exciting test of golf put in front of you and the views that come with it. I took almost as many pictures as I hit shots...it’s that good!
I have been lucky enough to tick off a fair few bucketlist
courses (Turnberry, Gleneagles, European Club etc, etc...) in my time as a YGT
employee but I’d go so far as to say Tralee is the best I’ve ever played. If not the best then it's certainly now my favourite course and I can’t
wait to go back. If I could give this place 6 stars I would.