Golf Tours Ireland, Focus on Tralee
Welcome to our November blog where this time we are continuing with our focus on golf courses that feature in our 2015 Golf Tours Special Offer. But to be honest, I could write or talk about Tralee Golf Club and the Kingdom of Kerry forever and a day. Let me start by painting the geographical picture. Just outside the Kingdom town of Tralee is its own golf club nestled in a dramatically scenic peninsula. One where Atlantic views of cliffs and castles and sand are the norm, not the exception. This is where the grass, green with its golden hue is as lush and intense as the moody Atlantic wind that graces it with its raw physicality. Perhaps these are the ingredients that inspired what is surely the jewel in Arnold Palmer’s golf links design legacy. Welcome to what is a highlight on our Southwest Ireland Golf Tour as well as our 2015 Golf Tour Special Offer.
Tralee Golf Club has been around since 1896 and is rich in history, but has been delighting and challenging its visitors in its present guise since 1983. Arnold Palmer had many firsts in a glittering career as player and course designer. As course designer he was first in China, and interestingly Tralee Golf Club represents his first foray in Europe. Thankfully not his last as this course is one that leaves a lasting impression, not just because of the challenges each hole presents, but you can see how sensitive Palmer was to the awesome and inspirational scenery that forms the fabric of what he has woven for us here. This classic links with its Atlantic vistas is in itself a manifestation of everything that defines the Irish golf experience.
Tralee and the kingdom of Kerry offer the discerning visitor world class golf but so much more beyond that. In fact it is the very backbone of many of our One Week, Ten Day and Two week luxury Irish private site seeing vacations.
A True test on an amazing Irish Golf Vacation
The golf course itself has a slightly easier outward nine than the inward. With a par of 72 and a medium putt shy of 7000 yards, you’ll need a hearty breakfast inside you, of course, Mike and his colleague golf transport tour guides will see to that. The course has matured very well over the years and it plays well all year round barring a bout of biblical rainfall. We love the 3rd and12th holes as two signature holes one for each nine. The latter, indexed as it is, the hardest hole on the course, is just one of a series of challenges that form an obstacle laden inward nine. The par threes are either short and inviting, or long and fraught, meaning club selection is crucial, none more-so than the 3rd. By the time you are standing on this tee box you have learned to treat this links with every respect. So as you face down feeling the pull of the Atlantic breeze you can see a Castle Ruins beyond the green more to the left. You have to aim right of that but do so knowing that anything more than what is required is equivalent to dropped shots inevitably. By the end of this golf experience you will have become more steely at phasing such threats out of your psyche – we hope!
On the back nine you can see where Palmer was able to take his lead from Mother Nature. The front nine is excellent and doesn’t have a weak hole in its numbers but really it’s just whetting your appetite for what is surely one of the world’s most epic inward sequence of golf holes. Each shot seems to dice with dunes and cliffs. Playing the 16th from the back sticks, you notice the hole is called ‘Shipwreck’ and by now you know each par 3 here punishes wrong club selection. This hole is heading for 200 yards, but there are very few spots other than the heart of the green that offer any comfort. Take your pick of bunkers, hollows, sand and water…salty water, Mike’s tip, play an iron lower than you would think and let the club do the work without you forcing the issue but if you are going to go anywhere go left… but only slightly!
Tralee and indeed the Kingdom wouldn’t be what it is without offering you some well earned hospitality. That said you only really get it here on the 18th. True, a par 5 is a seemingly exhausting sting in the tale at the end of a hard day battling the elements, but if you can be lucky enough to avoid 13 bunkers peppered right where you don’t want them to be, you might be harbouring thoughts of a good birdie or satisfying par to take with you to the céad mile fáilte of the clubhouse.
Play the elite of Ireland’s Golf Links Courses
As you would expect from a member of Ireland’s elite golf links, the facilities here are top of the range. Everything from the practice range, practice green, golf pro shop, club house, course guides….its all covered and of a quality you would expect. Tralee always features on Executive Tours Irelands Southwest Ireland Golf Tour, and is one of the feature courses of our 2015 Golf Tour Special Offer. As ever we would ask our clients not just to take our word for it but check out the rave reviews this illustrious links enjoys on Tripadvisor, and while there you can also read why Executive Tours Ireland are number one for luxury site seeing and golf vacations Ireland. We like to think we have earned our reputation as Ireland’s leading luxury private site seeing and golf tours operator in the basis of our dedication to our client’s needs, a process that starts from the initial phone enquiry, right up to the time of airport departure. Our itineraries are efficient, clever and easy on the body, and our private drivers are our hallmark. They are punctual, presentable, personable, fun and knowledgeable and we hope our client testimonials bear this out. Thanks for reading about a course that can be the making of your irish Golf vacation Package in 2015, Mike Ryan