Carden Park (Nicklaus) - Cheshire - England

Carden Park,
Broxton Road,
Nr Chester,
Cheshire,
CH3 9DQ,
England


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The Golden Bear team of Jack and his son Steve worked their magic on Carden Park’s Nicklaus course and it opened for play in July 1998. It was quickly recognised by a leading golf magazine as one of the ten best new courses to have opened since 1996. The historic 17th century Carden Park estate occupies some 750 acres of prime Cheshire countryside and has become a golfing Mecca in the northwest of England; it’s worth a detour on the way to the links wonderland between Liverpool and Blackpool.

The Nicklaus course has appeared highly in our rankings but has recently fallen from favour. So, what is it really like? Well, it's a tough golf course but then it would be, wouldn’t it, if Nicklaus had a hand in it, it was bound to be challenging.

Park-like ground is not always conducive to all-weather golf, but the drainage has been installed well. The conditioning of the course is generally good and the holes are typically Nicklaus-like, pleasurable but eminently fair, everything is laid out clearly in front of you. There are two double fairways, there’s plenty of water and many strategically placed bunkers. Additionally, as is normal on Nicklaus courses, there are plenty of teeing areas, five in total. Consequently, it makes the course playable for golfers of all standards. Measuring a chunky 7,045 yards from the black tees to a leisurely 5,211 yards from the reds.

In essence, the Nicklaus course at Carden Park is fun. It holds your interest very well. It isn’t the most inspiring piece of parkland in the world, but Nicklaus has made full use of the land that was readily available. Despite being in its infancy, the Nicklaus course at Carden Park has already played host to the PGA Seniors Tour on two occasions.

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Description: The historic 17th century Carden Park Estate occupies some 750 acres of prime Cheshire countryside and has become a golfing Mecca in the northwest of England with the Nicklaus course the jewel in the crown. Rating: 3.9 out of 10 Reviews: 13
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Hugh
Played the Nicklaus course for the first time during last autumn and liked it. The usual Nicklaus water hazards and dual fairways make for an entertaining round which I enjoyed but the topography is fairly flat and although it contains plenty of decent holes, but I only remember a couple and for me there should be more memories. Generally speaking our group preferred the Cheshire course, especially the back nine which is really good, 16th and 17th standout holes. Carden Park is an decent resort venue but the golf courses are not out of the very top drawer.
January 28, 2007
6 / 10
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Billy
Very very impressed with the Nicklaus course . Certainly a course that makes you think with classic Nicklaus double fairways and plenty of water. There’s a feeling of an inland links here, except that the ground is nothing like a links course. I personally like the variation that the Cheshire course has to offer. Carden Park is a great place for a summer 36-hole society and a great hotel with facilities to match.
January 24, 2006
8 / 10
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James Logan
What a dissapointment this course is. For a course that closes for the majority of the winter, or so it seems, you would think it would be in a good condition in the summer months. Alas it was not. I played the course this last summer and I found, like its sister course the Brabazon at the Belfy, this course is all about a name more than a quality of course. The course, despite its ilustrious designer is at best average, even now I cannot really recall a hole that has stuck in my mind. There are far better courses in the area for a lot better prices, Portal, Delamere and Wychwood to name a few. Don't get me wrong the service we recieved at the hotel was second to none, the leisure facilities, food and staff made our stay a most enjoyable one, its a shame the course could not match these standards.
January 04, 2006
2 / 10
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