Woodbrook Golf Club is a lovely parkland course sitting on cliffs overlooking the Irish Sea at Bray, just south of Dublin. Peter McEvoy redesigned the course in 1998 when USGA standard greens were laid in preparation for the Irish Seniors Open. As he said at the time, “Woodbrook had history, ambience and class. Golf and its high-tech equipment had outgrown its challenge…design changes will prove to have redressed this balance and places Woodbrook back at the top of Irish championship venues.”
The main railway line south of the capital runs through the course and must be crossed after playing the 4th and 17th holes. It is said that in the recent past, members could pull a switch to stop the next train traveling north to Dublin or south to Bray if they required transportation!
The course stretches to 6,863 yards from the medal tees and has a hole configuration of five par threes, eight par fours and five par fives, giving a par of 72. There are many stands of mature trees and strategically placed bunkers around the course. Greens are generally large and gently undulating though several are tiered and hard to read.