The World Amateur Team Championship will take place at Carton House, in Maynooth, near Dublin, from 29th August to 8th September 2018.
Espirito Santo Trophy (Women): 29th August to 1st September 2018
Eisenhower Trophy (Men): 5th September to 8th September 2018
The Montgomerie and O’Meara courses at Carton House will be used for the championships.
The name ‘Carton’ comes from the old Irish name ‘Baile an Cairthe’ or Land of the Pillar Stone. Carton is a 1,100 acre fully walled estate. The boundary wall is almost 9km in length and the estate itself stretches over two counties, Kildare and Meath.
The lands at Carton belonged to the Maynooth estate of the FitzGerald family from 1176. The FitzGeralds, who were part of Strongbow’s invasion of Ireland, became Earls of Kildare in 1315 and went on to become one of the most influential families in Irish history over the next eight centuries. So much so that Maynooth was actually the capital of Ireland for a short period.
In 1739, Earl FitzGerald commissioned renowned architect Richard Castles to undertake the project of building Carton House. It cost a mere £26,000 to build at the time. Castles was also responsible for some other great Irish Houses including Westport House, Powerscourt House and, in 1745, Leinster House (Government Buildings) which he built for the FitzGeralds.
In 1747, James, the 20th Earl of Kildare (and from 1766, first Duke of Leinster) married Lady Emily Lennox. Lady Emily was the daughter of the Duke of Richmond and a sister of Lady Louisa Connolly of Castletown. The story of the life and times of the sisters, Emily and Louisa, was beautifully captured by the author Stella Tillyard and made into a mini series for the BBC, entitled “The Aristocrats” which was filmed on at Carton House.
It’s rebirth as a luxury hotel and golf resort was brought about when the Mallaghan family, who bought the estate for farmland the 1970’s built the first golf course (O’Meara) which opened in 2002, followed by the Montgomerie course two years later. The luxury hotel was completed in 2006 and since then Carton House has established itself as a leading resort in Europe.
An Athlete’s Village will be created at Maynooth University, which is a10-minute journey from Carton House Golf Club. The Athlete’s Village will include Accommodation for teams, and an Athlete Hub which will be designed to include a range of amenities both event-related and extra-curricular in nature.
The Athlete Hub will be located a 3-minute walk from the Accommodation Complex. It will include the following:
- Tournament Information Centre (an information desk manned by staff from the organising country, supported by trained volunteers): Accompanying the information desk will be screens and noticeboards displaying the latest tournament information, shuttle bus timetables, etc.
- A 600-seater Restaurant
- A multi-purpose gymnasium and separate free weights room
- A first aid & medical centre
- A physiotherapy & training room
- A swing facility with trackman and video facilities
- An indoor sports hall
In addition to these facilities, we intend to offer a variety of cultural entertainments and demonstrations, including a Gaelic Sports outdoor demonstration, cinema screenings and other innovations, all within the Athlete Hub.