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Woodbrook Favourite Hole: The bunkering on the par four 8th is an intimidating sight from the tee but it still lends itself to a tempting drive. What's in the Bag? Get to grips with the greens early and you’ll score well here. It was back in 1975 when Woodbrook hosted the Carrolls Irish Open, famously won by Christy O’Connor Junior. Things have moved on as the course evolved but Woodbrook still boasts that same stunning location on the low cliff-tops north of Bray. This is a parkland of easy pace, smooth terrain and explosive greens. Pine trees dominate on fairways but it still feels spacious and, when you reach the seaside holes and the views you’ll appreciate just how spacious that is. To the south, Bray Head dominates, while Dalkey Island and Howth hover on the horizon to the north. These are most likely the holes you will remember most but the two walks under the railway line which divides the course and the classic clubhouse have plenty of impact, too. Play in summer when the fescue grasses glow golden and Woodbrook is a blaze of colour. 38