Tralee Golf Clubwww.traleegolfclub.com
"Created by God……. Designed by Arnold Palmer"
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.
Smitten at first sight, Palmer would later go on record with this memorable quote: “I may have designed the first nine, but surely God designed the back nine”.
A trip to Southwest Ireland could not be complete without playing this most precious and unpretentious of golfing jewels.
Location: Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland
Year founded: 1896
Courses: Tralee, 6975 yards
Architect: Arnold Palmer (1984)
Hole #3 - 194 yards par 3
The show-piece of the course – a slender finger of green rising from the crashing waves – requires no more than an eight or nine iron, but the rocks and hungry sea at the right have claimed many a ball. It is hard not to be distracted by the 14th century castle/tower, with the backdrop of Fenit Island and the sweeping panorama of mountains and Tralee Bay.
Hole #17 - 361 yards par 4
Probably the most memorable hole, the 17th is a par 4 which plays from a high tee across a deep gorge to a green perched high against a backdrop of mountains. “The word awesome can rightly be associated with the Tralee Golf Club” is what the Washington Post had to say adding that it is possibly the finest test of golf in all of Ireland.
Course played: Tralee
Date played: 5th September, 2011