Tralee Golf Club

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  • Holes of Merit:
    2, 3, 13, 17
  • NCG Rank:
    63/100 in GB&I

Overview

Tralee Golf Club was Arnold Palmer's first overseas design and first links project.

Tralee Golf Club Videos

Hidden Links video can be seen here

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A shorter version is found here

No Laying Up's visit can be seen here

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Golf Course Review

Tralee Golf Club is known as Arnold Palmer's Jewel. The man himself said, "I may have designed the first nine, but surely God designed the back nine.' Such is the quality and splendour of this fine links in County Kerry, Ireland.

The links are found on the rugged Atlantic coastline in Ireland's south-west. Barrow Beach flanks one side of the course and Barrow Harbour the other. In the distance are seen the Magharee Islands and the small islands of Mucklaghmore, Illaunnabarnagh and Illaunnucusha. Directly opposite is the peninsula of Fenit Island.

Tralee GC was founded in 1896 on a 9 hole course in the town of Tralee itself. A year later in 1897, the course moved to a 9 hole course on Fenit Island, opposite Barrow Harbour from where the current course sits. In the 1920s, Captian Lionel Hewson laid out a new course in Oakpark. At some point, a further move was made to Mounthawk where the club would play on 9 holes until the 18 hole course opened in 1984.

The course is laid out in two loops. The front nine is more on the harbourside of the site. Four of the opening 9 holes are situated directly on the seashore. The back nine is on the northerly side of the site closer to Barrow Sands. This is were the towering dunes the course is known for are to be found. Holes 15, 16 and 17 run along the coast.

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