A different kind of jail: Explaining Delcastle Golf Club's clubhouse

Delcastle Golf Course clubhouse

There's a saying in golf, that when you get in trouble on the course, you can find yourself in jail; it's hard to escape. That turn of phrase takes on a whole new meaning at Delaware's Delcastle Golf Course

The land on which the golf course now sits was once the site of the New Castle County prison farm. County inmates were housed in dormitories in what is now utilized as the clubhouse. The warden lived in a house that is still utilized by the club to this day. When you pull into the facility, you pass the guard’s watchtower that still stands.

In the late 1960s, the county decided to close the prison farm and hired architect Ed Ault to build the golf course on the property. Billy Casper Golf has been leasing the property from the county since 2009.

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