Woodenbridge Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address Arklow Secretary/Manager:  
Co. Wicklow Captain: Mark Bourke
  Lady Captain: Siobhan Saunders
Telephone: 0402-35202 President: Philip Ormond
Public No: 0402-35630 Vice-Captain: Aileen Sheehan & Kevin Saunders
Fax: 0402-35754    
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Club Pro: Craig Lewis
Website: www.woodenbridge.ie    
Founded: 1884 Designed by: Pat Merrigan
Not open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available. (on request)
Membership: 736 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €55 Clubhouse opening hours: 9.00am to 11.00pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €65 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: €20 Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: N/A Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Sundays & Thursdays
Club Hire: No Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Buggy Hire: Yes Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance
Soft spikes: No    


Course Description
Course Description:

Designed by Paddy Merrigan, Woodenbridge is undoubtedly one of the most scenic golf courses you will have the pleasure of playing. Measuring 6,400 yd's of the back tees, with a par 71 and a standard scratch of 70. Woodenbridge is a parkland course with level terrain and traversed by meandering rivers which create wonderful golf holes. Sitting in the Vale of Avoca, overlooked by Sylvan Hills it is truly a magnificent setting.

The clubhouse overlooks the course and has a full bar and excellent restaurant, facilities. The visitor is extended the warmest of welcomes and you will keep going back to Woodenbridge, for the golf and if your game is not at its best the magnificent scenery will more than compensate.Woodenbridge has recently built a magnificent new clubhouse catering for the golfers every need.

Voted the No. 98-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Golf Digest Ireland” in 2008. Woodenbeidge was voted No. 30 Parkland/Inland Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland.

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Club History
Club History

Instituted 1897, affiliated 1899. There is some confusion as to the origins of this club. The "Irish Field", on the 25th of July 1908, records "The club was started in 1897 and owes a great deal to the late Colonel Bayly, who did all in his power to further its interests, giving the land free"There are claims that in 1884, Colonel Bayly invited Sir Stanley Cochrane to field a team of gentlemen to play golf at Woodenbridge.

The best account of the formation of Woodenbridge is given in "The Irish Golfer" on the 3rd October 1900, and it records "This club was formed about three years ago. The original members numbered only about six or seven. Owing to the kindness of Colonel E. R. Bayly, Ballyarthur, Co. Wicklow, the President of the club, who permitted grounds of his, adjoining the Woodenbridge Railway Station, to be turned into a golf links, the difficulties attached to the formation of the club were speedily got over. It has improved every year, so that now there are about sixty members.

The links is a grassland course, are beautifully situated, bounded on one side by the woods of Ballyarthur, and the other side by the river Avoca, the greens are carefully kept and the sod on them is considered to be second to none on any inland links in the country.” Woodenbridge has since extended to eighteen-holes and it is the most scenic inland course I have seen in the country.

Members Achievements

Lady Captain Phyllis O'Rourke, Captain Ian Bothwell and Honorary Secretary Brian Hurley, qualified for the National Finals of the Mercedes-Benz Irish Independent Executive Golf Classic at The K Club on August 12th 2002.Lady Captain Phyllis O'Rourke (19) and her Captains Prize Winner Anne Mernagh (14) qualified for the National Finals of the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains' Golf Classic at Druid's Glen in October 2002, when they returned 43 points at The Royal Dublin Golf Club in September.

R. J. Moran represented Leinster in 1979.

Miss Denise McCarthy was selected to play in the European Ladies Team Championship at Wentworth Golf Club in 1991 and played in the Ladies Home Internationals at Wrexham in 1995 and she won the Stroke Play Foursomes together with Miss Eavan Higgins of Douglas in 1992.

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (yards)
Hole No Blue Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 360 347 4 9 327 4 11
2 419 381 4 3 372 4 5
3 374 346 4 13 342 4 7
4 190 174 3 7 160 3 13
5 407 382 4 5 359 4 1
6 448 426 4 1 416 5 15
7 322 308 4 15 285 4 9
8 121 113 3 17 109 3 17
9 502 486 5 11 464 5 3
Out 3,135 2,963 35   2,834 36  
10 455 434 4 2 374 4 2
11 194 193 3 4 164 3 10
12 353 341 4 16 290 4 14
13 386 375 4 10 311 4 8
14 295 284 4 18 255 4 16
15 500 473 5 12 454 5 4
16 357 341 4 14 301 4 12
17 167 153 3 8 97 3 18
18 551 536 5 6 456 5 6
In 3,258 3,130 36   2,702 36  
Total 6,393 6,093 71   5,536 72  
SSS 70 69     71    

Roll of Honour
Ann Fallon 1990 Ladies Captain
Vivienne Jarrett 1991 Ladies Captain
Alyse McCarthy 1992 Ladies Captain
J. Birthistle 1993 Ladies Captain
Doris Tyrrell 1994 Ladies Captain
Muriel Byrne 1995 Ladies Captain
Marita Ryan 1996 Ladies Captain
Mary McDonald 1997 Ladies Captain
Margaret A. Byrne 1998 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Ann Liddy 1999 Ladies Captain
Breda Murphy 2000 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Mary Hickson 2001 Ladies Captain
Phyllis O'Rourke 2002 Ladies Captain
Eleanor Hunt 2003 Ladies Captain
A. Hurley 2004 Ladies Captain
Mary Reynolds 2005 Ladies Captain
Alyse McCarthy 2006 Ladies Captain
Alyse McCarthy 2007 Ladies Captain
Mrs. I. Ryan 1990 Ladies President
Mrs. I. Ryan 1991 Ladies President
Mrs. N. Butler 1992 Ladies President
Mrs. C. Kavanagh 1993 Ladies President
Mrs. J. B. Joyce 1994 Ladies President
Noelle Doyle 1995 Ladies President
Moira Boden 1996 Ladies President
Doris Tyrrell 1997 Ladies President
Mena Sarjent 1998 Ladies President
Mrs. Kay Kenny 1999 Ladies President
Mrs. Ethel Kelly 2000 Ladies President
Mrs. Mary Byrne 2001 Ladies President
L. Byrne 2002 Ladies President
Maura Crummy 2003 Ladies President
Ann Fallon 2004 Ladies President
Marie O'Brien 2007 Ladies President
N. G. Doyle 1990 Men's Captain
M. Duffy 1991 Men's Captain
J. J. Moran 1992 Men's Captain
N. A. Barry 1993 Men's Captain
D. P. Brennan 1994 Men's Captain
Dr. P. G. Liddy 1995 Men's Captain
P. A. Corcoran 1996 Men's Captain
G. P. Phelan 1997 Men's Captain
R. C. Stapleton 1998 Men's Captain
Jim Kavanagh 1999 Men's Captain
Brian Hurley 2000 Men's Captain
Thomas J. Mernagh 2001 Men's Captain
Ian Bothwell 2002 Men's Captain
Frank Duffy 2003 Men's Captain
D. M. Healy 2004 Men's Captain
Paddy O'Brien 2005 Men's Captain
Dudley Byrne 2006 Men's Captain
Sean Darcy 2007 Men's Captain
E. Jarrett 1990 President
Rev. J. A. O'Brien 1991 President
Rev. J. A. O'Brien 1992 President
M. J. Murray 1993 President
M. J. Murray 1994 President
M. A. Healy 1995 President
M. A. Healy 1996 President
J. B. Joyce 1997 President
J. B. Joyce 1998 President
Paddy O'Brien 1999 President
Don Barrett 2000 President
W. J. Moran 2001 President
T. O'Neill 2002 President
Dr. P. G. Liddy 2003 President
J. Moran 2004 President
John Kavanagh 2005 President
John Kavanagh 2006 President
John Kavanagh 2007 President
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