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Visit Ireland’s Tralee Golf Course

November 9, 2012 by

Tralee Golf Course

Tralee Golf Course offers stunning views.

The Tralee Golf Course has the distinction of being the first European golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. Tralee Ireland’s spectacular countryside offers a magnificent setting at the gateway to the Dingle Fenit and Barrow Peninsulas, the perfect backdrop for golfers and visitors alike.

Tralee Golf Course

The Tralee Colf Course, designed by Arnold Palmer, opened in 1984.

The Tralee Golf Course

The Tralee Golf Course is considered one of the finest link courses in the world, and the beauty of the course and the natural lay of the land led Arnold Palmer to say, “I may have designed the first nine, but surely God designed the back nine.”

The original Tralee Golf Club dates back to 1896, but in 1980 Arnold Palmer was commissioned to design a new ocean course. The new links were unveiled in 1984. The beautiful backdrop is unsurpassed, and the landscape offers plenty of challenge for golfers with jagged cliffs rising above the sea.

The course also features unique nuances, like hole number 3, a seaside hole nicknamed “Castle” with an old, stone outlook beyond the green. If you have time, take a moment and duck through the archway and explore a little.

16th hole at Tralee Golf Club

16th hole at Tralee Golf Club

While the front nine are beautiful and challenging, most golfers look forward to the second nine. Wait until you step up to the 10th tee box and soak in the fairway as it weaves through the dunes.

The second nine challenges golf skills to carry the ball over a deep abyss, and the 16th hole known as the “Shipwreck” will test your abilities to see if your ball will suffer the fate of doomed ships that once sailed near the rocky coast.

Tralee Windmill

Visit a working windmill in Tralee.

Other Things to Do and See in Tralee

While you’re in Tralee, you’ll want to take in the sights in Southwest Ireland. Visit a working windmill at the Blennerville Visitor Centre and while you’re there enjoy an exhibition, craft shop, and take advantage of a bird watching platform.

A trip to the Tralee Bay Nature Reserve provides nature lovers with a chance to see the local birds of the bay including turnstone, dunlin, bar-tailed godwit, golden plover and more.

There’s more to do in this coastal paradise, and if you time your trip right, you can also take advantage of festivals held in the spring, summer and fall.

Photo credits: linksgolfballybunion.com, golfweek.com, forgottenjourneys.blogspot.com

 



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