Tralee’s 7th hole offers an A or B option
In the first edition of The Hole Story, APDC architects Brandon Johnson and Thad Layton exhibit the architectural details behind the philosophy of a single golf hole. In this Hole Story, Brandon Johnson covers the unique seventh hole(s) from their recent project for Tralee in Ireland.
Hole 7A (above) – This stunning, short, but tricky par three sits on a gorgeous corner of the property and provides a “dunes look and feel” that the front nine currently lacks. The green snuggles up against a large dune on the left with the coastline lurking to the right. Yardage variety and distance control to a large oblong shaped green are the main strategic themes. Front pin locations on the widest section of the green may play as short as 100 yards while back pin locations to a narrowing green, tucked between two dunes, can range up to 140-145 yards. The infinity view across the bay will make firing for back pins a thrilling experience.
Hole 7B (right) – This mid length par three sits on another magnificent corner of the golf course. Long infinity views to Tralee Bay and surrounding mountains provide a picturesque back drop to this large green. Dunes and a short cross bunker will foreshorten the view from the right cliff edge tees and guard the feeding slope from the elevated left side tees. Rambling greenside contours an a large deep bunker guard the green.