The CourseA unique Irish golfing experience, Woodbrook represents a challenge to be met weekly or just occasionally, but always enjoyably.
Although a flat course, the wind plays a most significant role. When it blows from the North, nine holes are affected, including three out of the last four. When it’s from the South, the tenth plus the par three eleventh, and the par five – 12th, 14th and 16th, all become very difficult long holes. A crosswind from the East affects almost every hole on the course and calls for shot making of the highest calibre. With its configuration of five par threes and five par fives, Woodbrook’s layout is unusual but, in the opinion of those who have played there, it is a championship course in every meaning of the word.
Over the years, many thousands of men, women and youngsters have enjoyed what Woodbrook Golf Club has to offer, and today a membership, which is more than double the original figure, continues to enjoy these facilities.
Course GuideCourtesy of Jamie Gibson
Hole by Hole Guide – Front 9
Hole 1 – Par 5
A generous enough driving hole as an opener and a birdie chance for stronger players. As with many holes at Woodbrook the chances of success depend on the pin positions.
Hole 2 – Par 3
A tough par 3 with the green set at an angle making it quite shallow. Huge bunker on the left sees plenty of action!
Hole 3 – Par 4
A great “risk and reward” hole. Take on the drive if you dare, but it is narrow between out of bounds and bunkers.
Hole 4 – Par 4
After a quietish start the course starts to bare its teeth. A tough par 4 dogleg left, very well bunked on the side of the green.
Hole 5 – Par 5
Across the railway line the course starts to change its character and ambiance. A big dogleg left is tight for the lay up. A birdie here will be well earned
Hole 6 – Par 4
Another demanding drive but a hole where the shorter the second shot the better. Great green site set amongst gorse with a protecting pond on the right.
Hole 7 – Par 4/5
Another big tough par 4 doglegging right this time. The temptation is to cut off the dogleg but the bunking on the fairway right is tough. Very challenging green.
Hole 8 – Par 4
The newly restored bunking on the right makes the hole. The impression from the tee is of cross bunking but there is more room than you think.
Hole 9 – Par 4
The most controversial hole at Woodbrook. Very shallow target testing weight of shot, not accuracy as is usually the case. Quite a test of short game skills for those missing the green.
Hole by Hole Guide – Back 9
Hole 10 – Par 4
By the sea now so best to keep away from the cliffs! Toughest green so far and on a pretty demanding hole too. 4 is a good score.
Hole 11 – Par 3
Lovely par 3 which will only yield to a good shot. Very complete bunkering.
Hole 12 – Par 5
Long leisurely dogleg right par 5 with the shape being governed by the left hand fairway bunkers that turn you round the corners. Got to be a birdie chance though.
Hole 13 – Par 3
My personal favourite hole on the course. A demanding par 3 both through length bit also the shape of the green.
Hole 14 – Par 5
Back along the cliff with a par 5 that has, at the end, an away sloping green. An old fashioned feature that requires thought.
Hole 15 – Par 4/5
Uncompromising par 4 of difficulty. This dogleg left has no bunkers and doesn’t need them.
Hole 16 – Par 5
Last of the par 5’s and a birdie chance. Sand is around for both the tee shot and the lay up and the green is testing but there is a chance.
Hole 17 – Par 3
Short par 3 with necklace of bunkers providing the test. Green is a slight bowl.
Hole 18 – Par 4
Rare to have a hole with out of bounds left and right but this is one. Need to be right off tee if pin left and vice versa. Tougher hole than it looks when you are defending a score
Woodbrook has it’s own course guide available for free on the iStore in iBook format.
The book by Jamie Gibson gives an overview of the course hole by hole and offers tips from professionals including former Walker Cup Captain, Peter McEvoy. It’s a useful tool for golfers of all skill levels taking on the Woodbrook course.