Woodenbridge is one of Ireland’s oldest clubs, having been formed in 1884. Its members were content to play over a 9-hole layout for more than 100 years before Patrick Merrigan extended the course in 1994 to a full 18 holes.
The Woodenbridge course is a delightful, well-maintained, top quality parkland track which is situated in one of Ireland’s most scenic locations at the confluence of the rivers Aughrim and Avoca in County Wicklow.
Fir, beech and pine trees clad the sides of the valley through which the rivers run and trees are also strategically placed to create obstacles on several fairways. With two rivers running through the Avoca Valley, it’s no surprise to find out that fast flowing water comes into play on over half the holes on the course.
The course measures 6,393 yards with a par of 71 and accuracy here is more important than length. Two of the best holes are played right at the end of the round. The 167-yard, par three 17th is a tricky one-shot hole and the 551-yard, par five 18th has water all the way down the left to punish any pulled shots.