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Tralee Golf Club

Barrow West, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Tralee golf course features a back nine that is world-renowned as one of the toughest and most scenic nines in South Ireland golf – if not links golf worldwide. Opened in 1984, its architect and former Open Champion, Arnold Palmer, said “I may have designed the first nine, but surely God designed the back nine.”

A memorable stop on the South West Ireland Golf Tour, Tralee golf club is a challenging and breathtaking course, embodying the true essence of what golf in Ireland represents.

Course Details

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Top 100 Golf Course in UK & Ireland
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Range of tees from 5,481 – 6,975 yards
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Designers include: Arnold Palmer, Ed Seay, Donald Steel, Tom MacKenzie
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Established in 1896
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Ideal Location for South West Ireland Tour
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Par 72
Tralee Golf Club, Ireland

Tralee’s Modern Layout

Tralee Golf Club was established in 1896 and played a nine-hole design through its former years, until the members with a dream of a world-class layout, purchased the current site at Barrow in the 1980s.

The current scenic locale is perhaps best known as the backdrop for the movie Ryan’s Daughter. The memorable 17th hole a par 4 featuring a scary drive over a deep ravine and a challenging approach to a tabletop green, is named in honor of the movie.

Due to the monstrous dunes, deep ravine carries, and plateau greens that give the back nine its well-deserved reputation, the front nine seems tame in comparison.

However, it has its own delightful character, while relatively flat the land is elevated from the sea.

Offering spectacular panoramic views across Barrow Bay to the Atlantic Ocean as the routing hugs the coastline.

In fact, two of Tralee golf course’s most notable holes “Culin,” a 594-yard par 5 is credited as one of the best in Ireland and Tralee’s signature hole, “The Castle,” a 194-yard par 3, are both on the outward nine.

Tralee is a must-play on any Southwest Ireland golf itinerary and graciously offers limited visitor tee times. However, prior planning is necessary to ensure a coveted tee time, often as much as a year in advance.

Tralee from its modest beginnings has a very healthy membership of over 1,300, mainly overseas, vying for tee times during the season.


75VG+87 Church Hill, County Kerry, Ireland

What makes Tralee special?

Tralee Golf Club stands out as a unique gem on the Irish golfing landscape, not just for its Arnold Palmer-designed course, which was the first European design by the legendary golfer, but also for its captivating natural beauty. 

The course transitions seamlessly from traditional links land into rugged coastal dunes, offering players a variety of challenging holes that are as visually stunning as they are enjoyable to play. Each hole provides a different perspective of the Atlantic, with panoramic views that can distract even the most focused golfer. 

What makes Tralee truly special is its blend of challenging golf and breathtaking scenery, ensuring an unforgettable experience that goes beyond simply playing a round of golf.

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Take a South West Ireland Golf Tour

Play Tralee Golf Course as part of a South West Ireland golf tour. Include Ballybunion, Waterville, Old Head, Doonbeg and Lahinch, on a golf package filled with the best coastline golf courses that South West Ireland has to offer.

7 nights accommodation and 6 rounds of golf

From $5,945 per golfer

From $2,673 per non-golfer

Interesting Facts About Tralee Golf Club

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Tralee Golf Club FAQs

Tralee Golf Course, with its rich history, was founded in 1896. However, it was in October 1984 that the Arnold Palmer-designed course at Tralee Golf Club was opened. Since then, the course has become renowned for its stunning coastal scenery, challenging layout, and exceptional golfing experiences. Golf enthusiasts visiting Tralee can enjoy a blend of tradition and modern design as they tee off on this remarkable course.

The closest airport to Tralee Golf Club is Shannon Airport, which is approximately a 2-hour transfer away. This airport offers convenient access for travelers coming from various destinations, including direct flights from the USA.

To book a tee time at Tralee Golf Club, a renowned golf destination in southwest Ireland, you can do so by booking through Premier Golf as part of a Southwest Ireland golf package. Premier Golf specializes in creating exceptional golf experiences for golf lovers.

Tralee Golf Course was designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer. With his renowned expertise and vision, Palmer crafted the layout of the course to showcase the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.

As per the latest information the green fee is from €275 for 2023. At Premier Golf the green fee is always included in the premium packages.