Tralee Golf Club
Dramatic dunes meet the sea on a spectacular back nine
Read any amount of golf course marketing material and surely you’ll see repeated quotes from architects saying the land was the finest they’d ever seen for golf. It’s a tradition that goes all the way back to Old Tom Morris and most of the time it’s just fluff. But then, every once in awhile, it’s true. Tralee proudly and prominently touts architect Arnold Palmer’s quip that he designed the front nine but surely God designed the back nine. Don’t dismiss it; the man knew what he was talking about. This is as spectacular a course that exists, and while not perfect, it’s undoubtedly one of the finest modern links in existence. And on that wonderful back nine, you may find yourself nodding in agreement with The King.
When asked to think of great Irish seaside links courses, most golfers will certainly come up with Ballybunion and Lahinch, two of the oldest on the Emerald Isle. But if you ask golfers who’ve actually been to Ireland to play and sample the famed links, one of the names you’ll certainly hear is one you’ve likely not heard before: Tralee Golf Club.Golf Advisor
[Tralee] feels different than many on Ireland. First, it is decidedly newer than other Links golf courses and, second, it is built on land that is a bit more hilly than other links courses. Because of this, there are ocean views on pretty much every golf hole, but some of them are more sweeping the further away from the coast one gets.Golf Top 18
Tralee is a treasure. It has few rivals in the world from a scenery perspective and a collection of holes that are as memorable as any course you’ll find…Comparisons between Pebble Beach and Tralee are natural given their stature among public courses in their respective countries, but when it comes down to it I give Tralee the slight edge as having the more spectacular setting and grouping of holes.Golf Course Gurus
What To Know
Yardage & Tees
When to Play
Tralee is open April through October.
April through July are the driest months, while the warmest temperatures can be found May through October. Winds will be a little calmer during the summer. Any time the course is open is a fine time to play Tralee, with May-July giving you the best odds for nice weather.
Greens fees last verified January 2019. View them on traleegolfclub.com
Visitor Tee Times
Visitors may play Tralee during the following times:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. (excluding June, July and August)
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rentals & Caddies
Caddies are available for €45 plus gratuity, junior caddies are €30 plus gratuity, and forecaddies are €80 per group.
Clubs are available to rent for €50.
Pull carts are available.
Golf carts are €50 and are only allowed for medical reasons.
Tralee has several putting greens – including a 9 hole putting course – and a driving range. More details.
Other Things To Know
Year Built: 1984
Architects: Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, with later contributions from Donald Steele and Tom Mackenzie.
Course guide: Tralee has an online course guide here.
Photos: See more pictures on Tralee’s online gallery here.
Playing ability: Men should have a handicap of 28 or
less (men) or 36 or less (ladies). If you don’t have an official handicap, Tralee requests you can play to that ability.