Tralee Golf Club, Ardfert, Tralee, Co Kerry
Tralee unfairly basks in the shadow of nearby Ballybunion. It is quite simply an awesome golf test.
A sensational Arnold Palmer designed links course alongside a beautiful rugged coastline where one can see the ocean from every hole and a seascape, which was described by Peter Dobereiner as being ‘in a different class even to California’s Monterey Peninsula.’
Exhilarating golf, combined with cliff top greens and tees offer magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean, dingle Peninsula and Kerry head. Like the terrain, the region is steeped in history with St Brendan having been born nearby in 484AD.
The magnificent beach and surrounds featured prominently in the epic film Ryan’s daughter on the gentler outward nine you will negotiate the 6th, 7th and 8th known locally as Palmer’s loop. The back nine is a world of extraordinarily wild and massive dunes. The 12th hole is probably the most examining second shot hole in golf where you are faced with a second shot to an elevated green with a deep ravine protecting the green. From the 14th tee, there is a breathtaking view of Banna Strand, which is renowned in song and story. The downhill par three 16th and the doglegged 17th are two outstanding holes that will live forever in the memory.
On reaching the sanctuary of the clubhouse, you can sit with your friends for a pint and scan the extraordinary golf course you have just played and to which you will want to return time and time again.
Instituted October 1, 1896, Tralee Golf Club opened its present Arnold Palmer-designed course for play at Barrow in October, 1984, after moving from its nine-hole course at Mounthawk near Tralee. It was a great feat of achievement for the Club. Since the members (led by John Kelliher, Karl Condon) decided to buy land at Barrow back in 1980, their dream of seeing the Club attain world-wide status has been realized.
Back in 1896 the Club had its first nine-hole course in Tralee, believed to be where the Sports field is now located. A year later, in 1897, it opened a nine-hole course in Fenit – on the south-western side of Barrow Harbour. There were 120 members then (compared to today’s 1,300) who paid a subscription of 10 shillings a year, with visitors having one week free play as introduction.
During the ‘Troubles’, in the 1920’s, a Captain Lionel Hewson was hired to design a new course in Oakpark, Tralee. He was suspicious of the men who sat around on the demesne walls watching him while he measured and made notes. He wrote later that ‘bullets used to fly in those days on little provocation.” He had reason to cast a wary eye – a Major McKinnon in the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary was shot dead on the course in March, 1921, while playing golf.
( An excerpt from a book on the local area entitled “Links: Barrow & Hinterland”)
Tralee Golf Club, West Barrow, Ardfert, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
Ph: 066 713 6379