Tralee Golf Club

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Tralee Golf Club is located in the picturesque heart of County Kerry, in the south west of Ireland, sitting on the shores of Barrow Bay looking out over the white sandy coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. The club dates back to 1896 when it was home to a 9 hole course, it was in 1984 that the current 18 hole course was designed by the renowned Arnold Palmer, it was in fact his first European design. It is an outstanding links course, par 72, measuring 6,975 yards. Since it opened the course has continually featured in all Top 10 Golf Courses in Ireland lists, an impressive achievement for such a relatively new course.

The course design and layout is superb and the surroundings are simply majestic and steeped with history. The course sits perfectly into the rugged terrain and rolling sand dunes and makes the most of its natural terrain, featuring unique cliff-top greens and tees, impressive dunes and fairways. Features of the course are hard, fescue greens, undulating fairways, cavernous bunkers, some punishing rough and numerous blind spots. Being a true links course the weather comes into play frequently and here you have to contend with strong coastal winds that are almost always prevalent. There is not a weak hole here, the opening nine are beautiful and play across fairly level links land, on an open clifftop layout. Then the course really comes alive, the back nine are first class, running through a mass of dramatic dunes that curve along the beach, overlooking the sea, and carry across ravines to plateau greens, to holes carved out of the dunes. There is an excellent mix of holes, tough par 4's and great short holes too. A caddy is essential if it is your first time playing to help you navigate the course.

You will find a pristine course that is excellently maintained. The tricky greens are perfectly manicured, are fast and true, the fairways are fairly wide and perfect, the rough is punishing and the cavernous bunkers are well placed.

The stunning setting and views add to the overall experience, they are stunning, a true paradise for those willing to challenge what is widely hailed as one of the best links courses in the world. It is a challenging course but not overly difficult, it provides a stimulating and engaging round that is a pleasure to play, just don't get distracted by the views. Tralee Golf Club was recently voted as one of the Top 10 Ocean courses in the world, an exceptional and well deserved award.

Quite simply, no description is adequate to describe this course and its setting. The only way which you can appreciate the beauty of this course and the spectacular scenery which it offers is by playing this masterpiece.

Tournaments Held Here

None to date.

Our Favourite Hole

The 16th hole, is appropriately called "Shipwreck", a par 3, 210 yards, firstly the view from the tee is spectacular. Then there is the excitement of of waiting to tee off, it is played from an elevated tee over a huge chasm with a small evil bunker on the left hand side of the green, and out of bounds all along the right.

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Course Information

Course Type: Links
Year Founded: 1984
Holes: 18
Course Architect: Arnold Palmer, Donald Steel, Ed Seay, Martin Ebert, Tom MacKenzie
Course Facilities:
  • Bar
  • Clubhouse
  • Driving Range
  • Golf Caddies
  • Golf Club Rental
  • Golf Trolley Rental
  • Internet Access
  • Pro Shop
  • Putting Green
  • Restaurant
  • Teaching Golf Pro

Course Scorecard

Front Nine:


Pro Tee Hole: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Pro Tee Par: 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 5
Pro Tee Yards: 391 475 152 422 416 366 145 370 493
Pro Tee Metres: 358 434 139 386 380 335 133 338 451
Men's Tee Hole: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Men's Tee Par: 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 5
Men's Tee Yards: 377 453 141 392 395 356 135 340 483
Men's Tee Metres: 345 414 129 358 361 326 123 311 442
Women's Tee Hole: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Women's Tee Par: 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 5
Women's Tee Yards: 343 425 92 306 323 336 108 286 456
Women's Tee Metres: 314 389 84 280 295 307 99 262 417

Back Nine:


Pro Tee Hole: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Pro Tee Par: 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 5
Pro Tee Yards: 459 567 450 150 395 270 196 332 476
Pro Tee Metres: 420 518 411 137 361 247 179 304 435
Men's Tee Hole: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Men's Tee Par: 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 5
Men's Tee Yards: 410 546 431 141 383 270 171 325 447
Men's Tee Metres: 375 499 394 129 350 247 156 297 409
Women's Tee Hole: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Women's Tee Par: 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 5
Women's Tee Yards: 363 416 370 101 277 215 103 294 394
Women's Tee Metres: 332 380 338 92 253 197 94 269 360

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