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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 1. Woodbrook Golf Club, Wicklow

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Having been born and raised in Ireland, I can safely say that this little island offers a fantastic amount of breathtaking natural beauty, some of the best bars in the world, as well as magnificent golf courses.

In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit that go a little under the radar in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

Woodbrook Golf Club, Wicklow

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Beginning with my area on the east coast, Wicklow, which is situated just below Dublin and therefore very easy to reach. Wicklow offers plenty of stunning views and is home to some beautiful golf courses. After Glen of The  Downs shut its doors last year, the cream of those courses now has to be Woodbrook Golf Club, which is an underrated gem.

Right off the bat, Woodbrook shows its uniqueness with its clubhouse. The old pavilion-style clubhouse resembles that of a cricket club, which is due to Sir Stanley Cochrane, the club’s founder, and his fondness for that sport. Inside the clubhouse, you will find all your usual facilities in pristine condition, with the walls displaying plenty of famous faces who have played the course in the past.

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Woodbrook has excellent credentials as a course, hosting the very first revived version of the Irish Open in 1975. The golf course is situated on the coast and offers stunning views of the Irish Sea on one side and the Dublin and Wicklow mountains on the other. So no matter how you’re playing, your day out will be a treat.

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Always in immaculate condition, Woodbrook offers up a stern challenge, and despite being a flat course, when the wind blows this a true links test. Unusually, the course features five par 3s and five par 5s, and you will want to avoid the nasty fairway bunkers if you can.

18 holes at Woodbrook GC will set visitors back a little over $50.

Food & Drink – the Harbour Bar, Bray

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A five-minute taxi will take you right onto the seafront where you will find The Harbour Bar tucked away. A very traditional Irish bar full of character that describes itself as “scruffy, wild and elegant”. The Harbour Bar was once voted the best bar in the world by Lonely Planet, and even gets mentioned in the iconic novel “Finnegans Wake,” written by Ireland’s very own James Joyce.

The music and good times rarely stop in this place, and although most nights you will hear traditional music played in the bar, there are also plenty of occasions where modern artists and comedy acts take to the stage in the lounge.

As far as drinks go, you’re never going to go wrong with a pint of the black stuff anywhere you visit in Ireland. However, if you want to sample a local craft beer, try a pint of Wicklow Wolf, the deep and rich tasting lager that is brewed just up the road. Soak up the booze by ordering the Fish And Chips for about $15 from the Fish Bar located in the same complex that offers up a variety of fishy goodness.

Where To Stay

If you decide to stay in the town, then the seafront of Bray is undoubtedly the most attractive area to spend your time. The Martello is a nice little hotel smack back in the middle of the seafront, and a double room for the night costs around $85. For slightly extra, you can stay in the Strand Hotel just a few doors down, the building which was the childhood home of Irish writer Oscar Wilde.

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A half an hour away from Dublin on the train, Bray is also a great spot to stay to explore the capital at a fraction of the price. There are a plethora of things to see and do in Dublin itself. For general sports fans, my recommendation is to try and catch a game of hurling, Ireland’s national sport, in the 80,000 seater stadium Croke Park.

How To Get There

From the centre of Dublin, this area of Wicklow is easily accessible. It will take about 30 minutes to get here in a car, or you can take the train from the capital right into the heart of Bray. On your ride, you’ll get to admire Dublin bay, and you’ll also get a sneak peek of Woodbrook GC just before your stop.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.19.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

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Tommy Fleetwood gaming the VTS Black shaft for this week’s RBC Heritage.

How do we like this TP Mills putter, WRXers?

I’m digging these headcovers from Dormie Workshop.

Masters champions dinner from another era?

Putter cover party.

This Scotty Cameron restoration job from JSD Golf Art Work looks to be going very well indeed.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.18.19)

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Very cool looking hat from Golf Sub70.

A photo which has caused a little stir on social media. Any thoughts, WRXers?

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????????Looking for opinions ???????? – – *Quick statement: I don’t give a $hit about pro athletes being allowed or not allowed to take certain supplements. Also think @philmickelson is the man* – – But it seems most of the internet doctors think this is Phil taking CBD. I recently started taking CBD at night to try and aid inflammation and a better nights sleep. Let me tell you, within 30 minutes I am out like a brick ????. I have noticed much better sleep and do generally feel better when waking up. – – SO my question is this, if it is in fact CBD-is there different kinds that I am missing out on for maybe energy/focus? If I took CBD while golfing, I would be sleeping in the cart. Educate me! ???? ???? – – – – – – – – – – – – #cbd #cbdoil #health #wellness #supplements #golf #golfing #golfislife #golfclub #golflife #views #golfgram #instagolf #golfphotos #playorperish #seamusgolf #golfphotography #golfswing #golfgame #fit #fitness #golfwrx #pure #outdoors #sendit #loveofthegame #themasters #tigerwoods #goat

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Torched copper blade from Geom Putters.

Dormie Workshop and Dunning Golf going all out on the creativity front.

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Fun times on a collab with our good friends at Dunning Golf. We combined golfs most technical fabric curated by Dunning, with some good old fashioned leather(Worlds oldest natural technical material). . Our teams took a couple hours to whip these prototypes together and are stoked on the outcome! Keep in mind, these won’t be going into production. These are a teaser of what is coming next!! This was more of a “Rev the engine” test project. . Dunning X Dormie has crafted a serious line of covers and alignment stick covers that will be combined with sick alignment sticks from Bubba Whips! This player package is still under wraps and will be released soon. For now you’ll have to imagine how PURE this next collection will be. Think PURE…TOUR PURE.???????????????? . . #pga #pgatour #collaboration #unitedstates #handmade #halifax #anaheim #gq #instagolf #golfdigest #madeincanada #dunninggolf #mygolfspy #usa #golf #golfdigest #golfwrx #golfchannel #bestcovers #clean #forbes#dunning#bubbawhips

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Distinct looking work on this wedge from Impact Golf.

Bravery in the bunker from TJ!

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.17.19)

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“Pure Land O’ Lakes buttery goodness” I like it.

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It only took a couple of rounds to decide – these @benhogangolf irons are staying in the bag! Pure Land O’ Lakes buttery goodness… ???? Of course that means they have to get the full treatment – gloss black paint fill, some @bbandfco flair, and the wedges have to match… so @vokeywedges SM7’s complete the deal. ???? I was so proud that my #witb had finally stayed the same for another season… thanks again @thpgolf for changing that!!! I’ll be doing a substantial update to the WITB blog post soon! . . . . . . #notrunofthemill #golf #?? #golfswag #golfaddict #golflifestyle #handmade #handcrafted #golfishard #liveunderpar #lovegolf #golfporn #golfislife #instagolf #instagood #dropbombs #whyilovethisgame #birdiebomb #libertyballmarkers #minimalistgolf #lessthan14 #thehackersparadise #golfwrx #mygolfspy #pga

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Tommy, Tommy, Tommy…

How about this patchwork from Swag Golf? Sixteen different headcovers rolled into one.

Sharp looking flame-painted copper tour blade from GEOM Putters.

Selection of cool looking custom ball markers and divots tools.

One for the Game Of Thrones fans out there.

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