Tralee Golf Club

Tralee Golf Club was designed and built by Arnold Palmer, this stunning setting represents a true paradise for those willing to challenge what is widely acclaimed as one of the finest links courses in the world.

The word “awesome” can rightly be associated with Tralee Golf Course. Arnold Palmer designed this magnificent test of the game on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean about a 15 minute drive west of Tralee in a place called Barrow.

The course is a monument to Palmers skill in design equalling his skill to play the game. Palmer laid out the links against some of the most majestic and rugged coast line on earth. From the ruins of a Tudor Watch Tower to a golden sandy beach that stretches as far as the eye can see.

This stunning setting represents a true paradise for those willing to challenge what is widely acclaimed as one of the finest links courses in Ireland. It comes as no surprise to learn that, due to the majestic beauty of this setting, Palmer chose it to be his first (and arguably finest) golf course in Europe. 

The weather is always a factor at Tralee. A mild sunny day can turn into a roaring storm in a matter of minutes then blowing out again just as quickly.

The front 9 is comparatively very flat and gentle although it plays about 150yds longer than the back and demands 36 shots the achieve par. The back 9 has only one par 5 and is a par 35.

The straight away par-4 first hole lulls you into a false sense of security. From there it is on to the treacherous and often devastating par second. The wind off of the Atlantic is nearly always in your face as you negotiate the 565yd curving dogleg that runs from tee to green.

The par-3 third hole, Tralee`s signature hole, plays across an expanse of rocks and surf at high tide to an undulating green.

The eighth hole is a sharp dogleg left, again along the coastal rocks and crags. It is a relatively a short par-4 but presents the allusion of being shorter from the elevated tee which is very misleading. 

Catch your breath on the long, straight uphill par-5 on the ninth, because you will need all your strength and a good measure of your courage for what faces you after the turn.

The 562 yard 11th hole is the only par-5 on the back. Your tee shot is into a valley, long hitters can think about starting up the hill, if the wind is behind which it often is. Then it is up a steep hill to a green that remains hidden till after most players have played their third shot. You don`t see the green till you see the white stone marker on the middle of the fairway on the crest of the hill.

That leads to a par-4 twelfth, 440 yard monster that gobbles up golf balls and devastates egos. It is justifiably the most difficult hole on the course and may be one of the most difficult holes in the world.

The jungle of weeds and long grass on the right and moonscape of rocks on the left requires a tee shot to land on an area the size of a snooker table if not smaller. The green is elevated, hidden from the tee and sits in the crater of a huge dune.

If you approach it even slightly off to the left the ball disappears down a nearly vertical embankment into an abyss where several unfortunates have never returned. A shot slightly to the right and your ball will be lost in deep rough on the hills that guard the green.

But relentless Tralee doesn`t ease up there. The thirteenth is a short little par-3 that plays from the top of a dune to a wide but shallow green sculpted from the side of a cliff. Between the tee and the green there is nothing but a chasm filled with deep grass, weeds, rocks and gorse. If you locate your ball in there head back to the club house.

The fifteenth, sixteenth and seventh play along the cliffs overlooking the long sandy beach and ocean, usually dead into the prevailing wind. The sixteenth is a substantial par-3 that is a brutal test when the wind is in your face. The margin for error is slim and like the thirteenth it plays across a yawning expanse of wilderness.

The seventh lies in wait near the end of the round like an undertaker waiting for its next body. The hole requires a precise drive that stays left, balancing on a tight-rope of a fairway. The approach to a steeply elevated green, protected by high hills and deep rough is another tough challenge.

The par-4 eighteenth, which is long but relatively straight and flat from an elevated tee, allows for a little decompression before returning to the clubhouse. 

Tralee has a fully qualified resident professional, fully stocked pro shop and a spacious and comfortable restaurant and bar. It has earned a reputation for having a most friendly and relaxed atmosphere among members and guests alike.

As all the caddies are also members, it is not uncommon to find a caddie and guest sharing a pint and a couple of laughs in the comfort of the upstairs lounge after a round. A trip to south west Ireland for the accomplished golfer could not be complete without playing this most precious and unpretentious wonderland.


1.On a recent trip to Ireland we played Tralee Golf Club. The golf course is set amongst the dunes on the hills along the Atlantic coast. A great test of golf if you could focus on the course and not let your eyes wander to the surroundings. Definitely a must play if you visit South West Ireland.


2.When you play a course like this in the wind and rain, and come off saying Wow that was great it must be a superb course & it really is spectacular. If in the area and like golf play this course.

The course was in excellent condition and the greens rolled beautifully, this is even before you take the spectacular views into consideration. As a links course it plays very fair, and good shots are rewarded, and with the rough not penal your bad shots won’t be punished too much either.

The Hackers Grill before we went out kept us going all the way around and well worth the money too. On a good day you won’t want to be anywhere else, and on a bad day you will still marvel at this great golf course.


3.Had the pleasure of playing Tralee in beautiful conditions last week, would have to say it's the best course I've ever played and that is in comparison to British open venues, stunning links golf with best back 9 you will find anywhere... rose of Tralee week at the end of August is good time to book if you’re looking for discounted rates we got green fees for €30 four balls or €50 singles


4.A Great Golf Course even though it is a new Course. Beautiful views and a well laid out. Very Challenging. Everyone enjoyed and would recommend. Club house was nice in side with a Restaurant that overlooked the Course.

People where friendly and helpful. Building a news practice Facility which should be done by 2018.
Pro shop was stocked but slightly pricey. Men's locker room was clean and was great to change Clothes.


5.I feel like I had a chance to play some of the best courses in the south of Ireland since I played 10 rounds in 9 days on 9 courses in Ireland recently. And of the 9 exceptional courses I played, I would rate Tralee #3 and I would go back there to play again in a heartbeat.

The course itself was in terrific shape and the staff was very good. My caddie was actually a member (!) and knew the course extremely well, which made the experience even better. If you are doing a golf trip to the south of Ireland, don't miss T


Tralee Golf Club
Ardfert, West Barrow, Tralee
Tel: +353 (0)66 7136379


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