Castlewarden Golf Club
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Castlewarden is one of the best kept secrets in Leinster. This hidden gem is nestled in the plains of Kildare between the townlands of Steelstown and Oughterard.
Castlewarden is one of the best kept secrets in Leinster. This hidden gem is nestled in the plains of Kildare between the townlands of Steelstown and Oughterard. The 160 acres of lush pastureland were transformed into a magnificent par-72, 6,704yd, 18-hole parkland golf course. Castlewarden opened as a members-owned club in 1990. The original course development was undertaken by the well known golf professional and course designer Tommy Halpin.
In 1993 Bobby Browne was commissioned for the second stage of development and undertook a redesign of the course. In 1995 the much acclaimed course architect the late Tom Craddock gave his design recommendations for a long term development plan. Finally, and more recently in 2008 the design services of Tommy Halpin were enlisted again to complete the final stage of the club's vision for this grand design. The course has matured beautifully over the 20 years and bears little resemblance to the original design. Many thousands of trees have been planted and today Castlewarden boasts an enviable selection of native and exotic trees. The members now enjoy a course of Championship standard and it presents an interesting challenge for every level of golfer.
The house known as Castlewarden House pre-date the 16th century. In 1941 the Harrington family sold the farm of 200 acres to the O’Malley family. The O'Malley's then lived there and enjoyed a thriving mixed farming family business until they sold 160 acres approx to what is now home to Castlewarden Golf and Country Club. In 2004 the original house, which is listed as a national monument, was tastefully extended to include a new bar and restaurant with excellent views of the first and third holes. Fully fitted ladies and gents locker rooms and professional golf shop now complete these modern clubhouse facilities.