Where Memories Are Created
Families have been spending time at Castlewood Country Club for more than a century. Join the Castlewood family to make your memories here!
In 1886, George Hearst bought 453 acres of land once part of the Mexican land grant Bernal Rancho SW of Pleasanton. In 1891, Phoebe inherited the land and hunting lodge that George had built, which Phoebe transformed into her Hacienda along with architect Julia Morgan. The Alibi building and the Pool snack bar are still the original buildings designed by Julia Morgan. Her home was the Castlewood Clubhouse until it burned down in 1969. Shortly after her death in 1919, the family sold the property to help finance the project at San Simeon known today as Hearst Castle.
In 1925, the new business owners hired William P. Bell to build the first golf course on the hillside. When completed, the new course played 6,500 yards and was built for a cost of $100,000. The original Hill course layout played differently than the current layout. The problem however was that you played uphill not down. The new Castlewood Country Club with its wonderful new golf course, played by the likes of Walter Hagen, winner of 11 Major championships in the 1920s and 30s, third behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, and Gene Sarazen, winner of seven Major championships in the 1930s.
In the 1940’s, John Marshall bought the property from the bank seeing an unpolished jewel with income potential, which he turned into a dude ranch, called “The Old Hearst Ranch.” Marshall enjoyed success as celebrities and professional sports teams flocked to the Ranch. The Brooklyn Dodgers and Cleveland Browns practiced here before games in San Francisco.
In the early 1950’s, Ron & Larry Curtola and their business partner Mr. Alioto purchased the property. The Hill Course was restored and holes realigned to essentially what we see today. Soon the growth of golf activities required more space so Larry Curtola, acting General Manager, laid out a new course in the Valley, which opened in 1954. Famous Pro, Byron Nelson, inaugurated the new course.
In 1961, the Members of the Club were given the opportunity to buy out Alioto and the Curtola’s for the price of $1,250,000 or $1,200 per Member. And thanks to that purchase, we enjoy the beautiful amenities of Castlewood Country Club to this very day.