The Arnold Palmer–designed Tralee Golf Club, Fenit/Churchill Road, West Barrow, Ardfert (www.traleegolfclub.com; 066/713-6379), overlooking the Atlantic 13km (8 miles) northwest of town, is one of the most spectacularly situated courses in Ireland. Greens fees are a pricey €190, although this also allows you to play a second round within a week of the first for €130.
About 40km (25 miles) north of Tralee in the northwest corner of County Kerry is former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s favorite Irish course, the Ballybunion Golf Club, Ballybunion (www.ballybuniongolfclub.ie; 068/27146). This facility has two challenging 18-hole seaside links, both on cliffs overlooking the Shannon River estuary and the Atlantic. Tom Watson has rated Ballybunion’s Old Course one of the finest in the world, while the Cashen Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Greens fees are €55 to €190, depending on the time of year.
If you'd like to see the Tralee sights from horseback, you can't do better than to hire a horse from Eagle Lodge Equestrian Centre, Gortatlea (066/713-7266). Prices start at around €25 per hour for 1- or 2-hour rides on the Slieve Mish Mountains and Queen Scotia's Glen.