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The links at Tralee is home to some of the most exhilarating holes in Ireland , as well as some of the most dazzling scenery . From the high clubhouse most of the 18 holes are on show and they will take your breath away . Tralee was designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay , despite Palmer ’ s protestations that “ surely God designed the back nine .” Certainly the perfect landscape of towering , twisting dunes and deep hollows left little for the designers to do . The run from 12 to 17 is one unbelievable hole after another and the green settings here , and everywhere else , couldn ’ t be more enthralling ... but putting surfaces are often steep and swaying so don ’ t be surprised if approach shots slip away .
The links is in the middle of a lengthy upgrade programme which is refining things still further . Work on the front nine included superb enhancements to the par three 7th and magical par four 8th , above Barrow Harbour , while the back nine are now being improved , too … if that ’ s possible !
Tralee also boasts a six-hole par three course , excellent practice facilities and a buzzing clubhouse .

“ Surely God designed the back nine !”