The original course design in 1990 was the work of well-known professional and course designer Tommy Halpin. For several reasons, including a desire to bring the course into play in the shortest possible time, all of the original greens were developed from the indigenous turf. Although the quality of these greens was brought to a high standard by appropriate sanding, aeration and feeding, most of them have since been replaced by USGA specification (sand based) greens during the subsequent course development projects.
In 1993, Bobby Browne was commissioned to re-design the course. This design included two new holes – what are now the 2nd and 3rd holes. It was also at this time that the transition to sand-based greens was initiated.
In 1995, the late Tom Craddock, a highly regarded course architect, was invited to examine the course and make design recommendations. Today’s course is, to a very large extent, a manifestation of recommendations made by Tom Craddock at that time.
In more recent years, the design services of Tommy Halpin were enlisted for some improvement projects relating to modification of some greens, tee boxes and the re-alignment of fairways.
Golf World Ireland May 1990
Because of our soil type and topography, poor drainage was a problem in some sectors during the early years. These initial problems have been resolved by installing an extensive (20km) sand slit-based drainage system so that the fairways in the Castlewarden course are virtually rainproof.
Over the past twenty years several thousand trees have been planted and Castlewarden today boasts an enviable selection of native and exotic tree species. The course today bears little resemblance to the original design and members now enjoy a 6704 yards, par 72 Golf Course that is of Championship standard.
New clubhouse extension completed 2003.