Tralee Golf Club


Address West Burrow
Co. Kerry
Telephone: 066-7136379
Public No: 066-7136355
Fax: 066-7136008
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Founded: 1896
Membership: 987
Green Fees Midweek: €130/180
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €130/180
Green Fees With a Member: €85
Green Fees For Opens: €85
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: No
Soft spikes: No
Secretary/Manager: Anthony Byrne
Captain: Gerry Leyden
Lady Captain: Lorraine Peevers
President: Richard O'Sullivan & Mary Barrett
Vice-Captain: Barry Murphy & Norah Quinlan
Hon. Secretary: Barry Murphy & Bridie O'Sullivan
Club Pro: David Power
Hon. Treasurer: Michael O'Connell Siobhan Stack
Designed by: Arnold Palmer
Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Clubhouse opening hours: 7.30am to 11.00am
Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering facilities
Days to Avoid: Sundays & Bank Holidays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance

Course Description
Tralee moved to its present location in 1983, from its 9-hole course at the Barrow. The lands were purchased for £170,000 and the members knew they had something very special. The retained the services of Arnold Palmer and his chief architect, Ed Seay, to develop the magnificent dune-lands. As a result of the natural terrain and Palmer’s skills Tralee ranks among the premier clubs in Ireland.There were some problems in getting the greens to thrive in the early stages, Arnold is justifiably proud of his first design in Europe. Overlooking the Atlantic with a mixture of pastureland, rugged cliffs, and of course duneland, the location was extensively used for the filming of "Ryan’s Daughter".

The outward nine resemble parkland by the sea, terrain, the 542 m par-5 index 2 second is along the coast with a double dog-leg to the right. Followed by the 183, m par-3 with a cave below the green that featured in "Ryan’s Daughter". The inward nine are pure links, with some magnificent holes the 417 m par 4 index 1 12th will test the very best of golfers, even if you are in pole position off the tee the only place to put your second is on the green. The 181 m 16th will be remembered long after you have departed this part of the country "kissed by God".

Visitors to Tralee Golf Club can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome and a challenging round of golf. Societies are welcome and group rates are available . Voted the No. 13-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Golf Digest Ireland” in 2008. Tralee was voted No. 17 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
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Club History
Club History

Instituted 1896, affiliated 1907. It is of interest to record that the early Tralee course had two courses, a nine-hole course close to Fenit Station, seven miles from Tralee, and an eighteen-hole half a mile from Castlegregory station, sixteen miles from Tralee. The club had 120 members and the annual subscription was ten shillings. There were two changes before 1898-the club membership had fallen by 40 and the course at Fenit had been closed and a new nine-hole course was opened at Sportsfield, Tralee.

It would appear the early club went into decline and the "Golf Illustrated" on the 22nd February 1907, reports "During the past week we have learned of the establishment of two new clubs. Tralee in Co. Kerry is at last turning its eyes from the scenery to the golf ball. Land has been secured close to the county town, sufficient members (120) have been enrolled to make the club financially b. At a public meeting last week the golf club was organised" C.H. Hardy and C. F. Dowling were the Hon. Secretaries. C. F. Dowling was a link to the original club as he was listed as Hon. Secretary in 1898. Lionel Hewson recorded laying out an eighteen-hole course at Oak Park Demesne during the troubles. The year was 1923.

Hewson later records in 1948 that the club had bought land at Lasseugh. The club's final move was to its present location at the Burrow, Ardfert. The course is the first course designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, outside of the USA.


Members Achievements

Tralee Golf Club won the Kerry Junior League in 2005, when the team was, Jason Peevers, Eoghan O'Donnell, Mark O'Sullivan, Gareth O'Donnell, Cian Scollard and Darren O'Sullivan.

Our congratulations, to Tralee Golf Club on winning, the Munster AIB-GUI-ILGU award in the Clubhouse-Course Presentation Category in 2003.

Mary Sheehy was selected on the Munster Ladies team for the AIB Interprovincial's at the Island Golf Club on the 8th to the 10th August 2001.

Lady Captain Irene Prendergast (30) and her Captain's Prize-winner Veronica Blennerhassett (13) came second in the regional qualifier of the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains' Classic at The Royal Dublin Golf Club in September 2001. They were beaten on a count back with 40pts. It was on to the National Finals at Druid's Glen on the 1st October.

M. Lawlor was elected to the council of the Munster Branch of the GUI for 2001.

Joseph Quinlan was President of the GUI in 1989.

Tralee Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Mixed Foursomes at Castletroy G. C. in 1989, when the team was, Brian Hennebery, Donal Houlihan, Paddy O'Looney, Veronica Blennerhassett, Moira O'Brien, Mick Coote, Maura Shanahan, Jayne Gilmore, John Keane, Margaret Hayes, Eileen Corcoran, Anton Casey, Kieran O'Sullivan, Ann Morrissey, Deirdre McElligott and Gerard O'Sullivan, they were managed by Paddy Carey.

They won the Munster Final of the Bulmers Barton Shield in 1981, when the team was Michael Coote, Arthur Spring, Gerard O'Sullivan, Paudie Ryan and Michael Hickey, the selectors were Billy Naughton and Billy Morrissey.

Tralee Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Bulmers Senior Cup in 1983, when the team was Brian Hennebery, P. Mulcaire, Arther Spring, Mick Coote, G. O'Sullivan and P. Ryan, they were managed by Billy Naughton.

They won the Munster Final of the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 2000, when the team was Tom Nix, Denis Lyons, Michael Hennebery, Michael Lynch, Rory Killallen, Tony Cahill, Dick Chute, Neal Timlin, Dominic Foley, John O'Driscoll, Pat Williams, Eamon O'Mahony, they were managed by Seamus McGearailt.

They won the Munster Final of the Irish Junior Foursomes in 1996, when the team was Marcus Pull, Russell McKenna, Paddy McElligott, Brian Sheehy, Kevin Lucey and John P. O'Neill, they were managed by Donal O'Connell and selected by Bob O'Brien.

Tralee Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes in 1992 and were runners-up in the All-Ireland Final, when the team was Deirdre McElligott, Anton Casey, Ann Morrissey, Arthur Spring, Fran McElligott, Gerard O'Sullivan, Jayne Gilmore, Emer Lardner, Donie Houlihan, Mary Scully, John Hickey, Maura Shanahan and Brian Hennebery, they were managed by P. J. Carey and selected by Peg Clifford and Der O'Sullivan.

They won the Munster Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes again in 1994, when the team was F. McElligott, M. Shanahan, E. Corcoran, C. O'Mahony, Veronica Blennerhassett, G. O'Sullivan, M. Coote, B. Hennabery, D. McElligott, G. Kelly, A. Casey, D. Houlihan, they were managed by Richard O'Sullivan and selected by Moira O'Brien.

Tralee Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes for the first time in 1979, when the team was K. Moore, S. Buckley, W. Morrissey, R. O'Sullivan, D. Kenny, D. McElligott, N. O'Sullivan, B. Brosnan, S. Guinane, G. O'Sullivan, Arthur Spring, J. Quinlan, B. Naughton and P. Toban.

Tralee Golf Club won the Munster Country Clubs Cup for the first time in 1975, when the team was P. Ryall, B. Griffin, M. Murphy, R. Green, S. Moriarty, S. O'Connor and G. Moore. They won it again in 1978, when the team was Louis Quinlan, J. F. Lawlor, Eamonn McSweeney, M, Murphy, P. J. Ryall and Michael Hennebery, they were managed by M. O'Brien.

They won it for the 3rd time in 1980, when the team was Bryan Cunningham, Arthur Hanly, Billy O'Lehan, J. J. O'Neill, Gerald Carey, Louis Quinlan and Eamon McSweeney. They won it last in 1983, when the team was, M. Hobbert, J. O'Driscoll, M. Hennebery, S, O'Connor, M. O'Brien, N. Quirke, G. Carey, P. Tobin and D. Lyons.

Tralee won the Dr. Billy O'Sullivan Shield in 1998, when the team was Brian Sheehy, Joe Hennebery, Jim Foley, Rory Kilgallen, P. O'Meara, Richard Barrett, Noel P. Barrett, R. Boyle, J. P. Brick, Ogie Moran and John L. McElligott, they were managed by Pierce Wall.

They won it for the first time in 1995, when the team was Ned Buckley, Billy Daly, Michael Brosnan, Brian Sheedy, Sean Walsh, Padraig Corcoran, Tony O'Keeffe, Tom McGiff, Joe Hennebery, Pat Laffan and Willie Palmer, they were managed by Pierce Wall with the assistance of Brendan Harney.

Tralee won the Kerry Shield in 1998, when the team was, Denis Lyons, Frank Stephenson, Dominic Foley, Billy Naughton, Gene Kelly, Richard Rafferty and Eugene O'Callaghan, they were captained by Nial Timlin.

The Ladies of Tralee Golf Club won the Munster Cup in 1995, when the team was, Veronica Blennerhassett, Mary Barrett, and Bernie Rohan.

They won the ILGU Intermediate League in 1991, when the team was Deirdre McElligott, Cora O'Mahony, Maura Shanahan, Moira O'Brien and Ann Morrissey, they were captained by Mary Sheehy.

They won it for the first time in 1982, when the team was, B. Kelly, Susan Buckley, Mary Sheehy, Nuala O'Sullivan, Ann Morrissey, D. McElligott and B. O'Mara.

Tralee Ladies won the Munster Ladies' Junior League at Thurles Golf Club in 1983 when the team was, C. O'Sullivan, J. Kennedy, M. Doyle, P. Clifford, A. Cunningham, they were captained by M. Kelly.

They won the Munster Ladies' Minor League in 1988, when the team was M. McKenna, M. Kelliher, M. Lawlor, B. McGearailt, N. Dawson, R. Reen, A. King and J. Kelly, they were captained by Ann Lynch.

Mary Sheehy was a reserve on the Ladies' Senior Munster team, which played in the Interprovincial Championship at Portstewart G.C., from the 9th to the 11th August, 2000.

Graham Spring participated in the Boys' Home International matches in 1991, and represented Munster from 1995 to 1996, winning 10 of his 12 matches and played Munster Youths' in 1992, winning 4 of his 6 matches.

G. O'Sullivan represented Munster from 1988 to 1993, playing 21 matches.

R. Walsh played Munster Youths' in 1998.

Deirdre O'Sullivan played for the Irish Girls' in 1965 against Wales.

Susan Buckley played for the Irish Girls' in 1974.

Siobhan McCarthy played for the Irish Girls' in 1975.

Eoin Liston and Mick Sheehy, two of the great Kerry football team played in the Tralee Lions Club charity outing in 2000. Eoin playing off 12 returned 38pts to take first prize. Mick was not far behind with his 36pts.

On 11-7-99, Ger Power, who has had many a great performances in the Kerry colours, showed his prowess on the golf course, when shooting a 68 net to achieve a runaway victory in the J. P. Griffin medal and was delighted to see his handicap cut to 4.6. This is one of the wonderful things about golf it gives sportsmen a second chance to compete.

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
John Barry 01 April 2000 3rd   143 m
Paudie Casey 09 April 2000 16th   152 m
Seamus MacGearailt 24 April 2000 13th   139 m
Nora Lehane 11 June 2000 16th   101 m
Donal Sugrue 01 July 2000 16th   152 m
Michael Barrett 20 August 2000 16th   152 m

Card of the Course
Name Hole No Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
Mucklough 1 404 390 369 4 14 351 4 6
The Cuilin 2 596 588 544 5 2 506 5 2
The Castle 3 194 158 145 3 12 124 3 16
Cuchullain's Table 4 426 402 379 4 6 306 4 14
Brandon 5 430 411 388 4 8 331 4 12
Chough's Corner 6 427 421 390 4 10 339 4 4
The Randy 7 157 148 126 3 16 124 3 18
The Creek 8 399 391 359 4 4 300 4 8
Here's Lane 9 504 495 462 5 18 446 5 10
  Out 3,537 3,404 3,162 36   2,827 36  
The Warren 10 437 418 403 4 7 382 4 3
Palmer's Peak 11 595 565 548 5 5 456 5 7
Bracken 12 461 440 422 4 1 373 4 1
Brock's Hollow 13 159 152 130 3 15 103 3 17
Crosty 14 403 397 388 4 13 282 4 15
Poulgorm 15 300 293 267 4 11 233 4 9
Shipwreck 16 199 179 138 3 9 119 3 13
Ryan's Daughter 17 361 351 332 4 3 305 4 5
The Goat's Hole 18 486 479 452 5 17 401 5 11
  In 3,438 3,274 3,085 36   2,654 36  
  Total 6,975 6,678 6,162 72   5,481 72  
  SSS 73 71 70     71    

Roll of Honour
Mary Barrett 1990 Ladies Captain
Veronica Blenner-Hassett 1991 Ladies Captain
A. E. Barrett 1992 Ladies Captain
Cora O'Mahony 1993 Ladies Captain
Maura McKenna 1994 Ladies Captain
Joan Kelly 1995 Ladies Captain
Mary Sheehy 1996 Ladies Captain
Deidre McElligott 1997 Ladies Captain
Joan Ivers 1998 Ladies Captain
Alice King 1999 Ladies Captain
Barbara Breen 2000 Ladies Captain
Irene Prendergast 2001 Ladies Captain
Ita Boland 2002 Ladies Captain
Kitty Nolan 2003 Ladies Captain
Catriona Foley 2004 Ladies Captain
Noreen Quilter 2005 Ladies Captain
Fiona Lally 2006 Ladies Captain
Joan Costello 2007 Ladies Captain
Lorraine Peevers 2008 Ladies Captain
Betty Walsh 1990 Ladies President
Kitty O'Keeffe 1991 Ladies President
Lillian Carmody 1992 Ladies President
Gene Kennedy 1993 Ladies President
Bebe O'Mara 1994 Ladies President
Doreen Kenny 1995 Ladies President
Joan Williams 1996 Ladies President
Betty Quinlan 1997 Ladies President
Maura O'Farrell 1998 Ladies President
 Ann Morrissey 1999 Ladies President
Maeve Doyle 2000 Ladies President
Nora Drummond 2001 Ladies President
Carmel O'Sullivan 2002 Ladies President
Carmel Fleming 2003 Ladies President
Ann Cunningham 2004 Ladies President
Peg Clifford 2005 Ladies President
Anne Lynch 2006 Ladies President
Mary Kelleher 2007 Ladies President
Mary Barrett 2008 Ladies President
Pierce A. Wall 1990 Men's Captain
Paudie Landers 1991 Men's Captain
Michael Coote 1992 Men's Captain
Des O'Halloran 1993 Men's Captain
Nial Shanahan 1994 Men's Captain
Tom O'Connor 1995 Men's Captain
Joe Carey 1996 Men's Captain
Des Fitzgerald 1997 Men's Captain
Neal Timlin 1998 Men's Captain
Jim Dooley 1999 Men's Captain
Gene Kelly 2000 Men's Captain
Richard Rafferty 2001 Men's Captain
Denis Lyons 2002 Men's Captain
Philip O'Sullivan 2003 Men's Captain
Louie Quinlan 2004 Men's Captain
John Murphy 2005 Men's Captain
Teddy Reynolds 2006 Men's Captain
Michael Barrett 2007 Men's Captain
Gerry Leyden 2008 Men's Captain
Sean O'Donoghue 1990 President
Paddy J. Carey 1991 President
Paddy J. Carey 1992 President
Kevin Roche 1993 President
George Keane 1994 President
Billy Naughton 1995 President
Joe Quinlan 1996 President
Michael Hennebery 1997 President
Frank Stephenson 1998 President
Seamus MacGearailt 1999 President
Michael O'Brien 2000 President
Dermot O'Sullivan 2002 President
Pierce Wall 2003 President
Rory Kilgallen 2004 President
Joe Murphy 2005 President
Ned O'Shea 2006 President
Denis Reen 2007 President
Richard O'Sullivan 2008 President
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