Tralee Golf Club

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Tralee Golf Club Est. 1896

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Tralee Golf Club: With ever-present and ever-changing views that include Tralee Bay, pristine sandy beaches and beautiful Barrow Harbour, this is a scenic golf experience not to be missed. All this breathtaking scenery is complemented by an equally inspiring golf course, surely one of designer Arnold Palmer's favourites. The layout, part clifftop parkland, part duneland links, fits perfectly into this wonderfully natural, historic and inspiring habitat.

Tralee's front-nine loop is predominantly an open clifftop layout. Parts of it are relatively flat or gently rolling, with plenty of dry-stone walling separating the holes. The Sliabh Mish mountains can be seen to the south, while several holes overlook Barrow Harbour (known as "the Randy"), a small estuary that provided a haven for smugglers in earlier times. Ancient forts guarding either side of the harbour add further detail to this highly photogenic scene.

On the back-nine loop, the course transforms into full-blooded duneland links. Here the holes thread their way through impressively large sandhills. Each hole opens up a new golfing challenge, while also offering panoramic views of the bay and stunning Banna Strand (beach). There's considerably more undulation in the dunes, as you'll discover at the long uphill par-5 11th (Palmer's Peak). Also noteworthy is the par-3 13th (Brock's Hollow), with a tee-to-green carry over an Irish "grand canyon."

Arnie's kingly creation by the sea at Tralee is dramatic, breathtakingly beautiful and humbling. Only if you catch it on a wild and stormy day, might you be tempted to find alternative descriptions, although "humbling" might still remain. To tour the Tralee course click on the video below.

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Making Contact

Tralee Golf Club
West Barrow, Ardfert,
nr Tralee, Co. Kerry 
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Office   +353 (0)66 713 6379
Pro Shop   +353 (0)66 713 6379

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Golf Pro
David Power (Head PGA Professional)
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Seaside links.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Coastal duneland.
Designer: Arnold Palmer designed Tralee's current course in Barrow, which opened for play in 1984.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Metres 6192 5939 4790
Par 71 71 72
SSS or Slope 73 71 71
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How2Get There?

13 km W of Tralee / 47 km NW of Killarney.
From the centre of Tralee take the R551 direction Ballybunion/Fenit (R558). After 3.6 km turn left, direction Fenit R558. After 4.7 km turn right at sign Church Hill/Tralee GC. After 4.6 km turn left at Tralee GC sign and continue alongside the estuary. After 1.6 km golf is on your right.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (May thru Sept) (all days): €230. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, replay rates, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and Saturdays; no visitors on Weds during June, July & Aug.  Must book in advance. Handicap required.
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Other Information
Players generally walk this course. Caddies available (book in advance). Golf carts available for hire only on medical grounds.

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Did you know?

The current site at Barrow is the fourth permanent location for Tralee Golf Club, which was established in 1896. The earlier courses, nearer to Tralee itself, suffered badly in the winter, often becoming water-logged and making play impossible. The current course can be played all year round.

In 1968 the beach running alongside the second hole was used in the film Ryan's Daughter, in which John Mills, Trevor Howard, Robert Mitchum and Sarah Miles all starred.

The tower behind the 3rd green dates from the 13th century, while the ruins of a castle seen across Barrow Harbour date from the 12th century. Note: Barrow Country House located close to the golf is not operating as a guest house anymore (even if it does look an idyllic place to stay!).

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf World rating: 96th best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Latitude: (52.300441)
Longitude: (-9.858479)
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Meadowlands Hotel 4-star
Oakpark, Tralee, Co Kerry
+353 (0)66 718 0444

The Meadowlands Hotel is a 4-star family run hotel, which maintains a traditional quality. Tralee comes alive in the locally renowned Johnny Frank’s Bar, with its feature open fire, cascading staircase leading to the Library and the many traditional music sessions.

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The White Sands Hotel 3-star
Ballyheige, Co.Kerry
+353 (0)66 713 3102

Set in the North Kerry village of Ballyheigue on the Atlantic seaboard, which boasts one of Ireland's best blue flag beaches. The White Sands Hotel combines the friendliness and warmth of a family run hotel with professional service and comfort of modern facilities.

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