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“DE VERE CARDEN PARK GOLF RESORT - NICKLAUS & CHESHIRE COURCES. BIG JACK WOULD CRY!!!!!!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Carden Park Golf

Carden Park Golf
Broxton Road, Chester CH3 9DQ, England
+44 1829 731000
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Ranked #23 of 39 Activities in Chester
Type: Sports
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“DE VERE CARDEN PARK GOLF RESORT - NICKLAUS & CHESHIRE COURCES. BIG JACK WOULD CRY!!!!!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013 via mobile

The approach to the hotel was absolutely stunning with beautifully manicured grounds and golf course set in pretty cheshire countryside
Service and food good but not cheap   

There are some beautiful views and backdrops to both courses and on a warm sunny summers day this did undoubtedly add appeal however

I would have enjoyed the rounds more if the bunkers had been much better maintained - in all my golfing experience I don't recall a worse set of bunkers.

There is only a thin layer of dust and sand below which is a hard, sometimes moist layer of something like dirt or clay or something.  If you play a standard bunker shot, using the bounce on a SW, you end up thinning the shot because the clubhead does NOT descend into the sand but rather just scoots laterally along the surface - disaster!    Not good.

The greens were one of the better features, many having several tiers and challenging slopes and borrows to contend with. They didn't always run true and were prone to the odd bobble. Our impression was that they hadn't been watered and few balls pitching the green held. In this respect the parkland layout was more akin to a links requiring shots to be played short of the greens to allow them to run on.

In summary, my impression was that the courses are there as gimmicks to attract golfers to use the hotel and that they do not get the care or attention required to justify the hype. My thoughts were that they are business ventures first and golf courses second. There are many superior courses in the Chester area to chose from. If you are visiting for golf I'd recommend you consider those.

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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“Municipal Masquarading as a Championship Course.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Played both courses today in tough windy conditions and it was a soul destroying experience,

There are some beautiful views and backdrops to both courses and on a warm sunny summers day this would undoubtedly add appeal however...

The terrain is generally flat with little protection from the elements. The courses are badly neglected and the general conditions were comparable to those I would expect to find in on an overused municipal. Neither course is designed to be walked and buggies are more or less essential. In fact we walked the Nicklaus course in the morning and it was the regular presence of 100-150yd walks between greens and tees that led to us hiring buggies in the afternoon. The cost all but doubles the green fees. Tees were generally in reasonable condition but were poorly signed meaning it could be difficult to navigate from hole to hole. The problem is exacerbated by the absurd feature of using large rocks to mark and identify the tees. The problem however is that the inscribed signs all point inwards so they can only be read when you user stood on the tee. They are invisible from the walking/buggy tracks which is inconvenient leads to confusion and adds time to the round.

The course set-up is challenging and seemed to be laid out with low single figure golfers in mind. The fairways were narrow, often only 20-25 yards wide yet the length of the course generally meant you had little choice but to hit driver from the tee. The fairways were hard and in parts they were bare so it was not unusual to find yourself playing from a hardpan clay lie or from a divot due to overuse and limited maintenance.

The exposed nature of the courses combined with the sort of wind we encountered on the day generally meant that at least one or two of the balls from our four ball missed the fairway and found the 'semi'. This 'semi' was brutal. In the two rounds we played we probably lost a couple of dozen balls that were no more than a few yards into the first cut. The problem was the first cut doesn't get cut and it was a couple of inch deep and full of dandelions so don't take yellow balls. If you strayed into this you were looking at the real possibility of a lost ball as they would settle into the grass and were often impossible to see unless you were literally stood on top of them. Again this does not help with the pace of play.

Bunkers were in bad shape. Riveted walls were still just about identifiable through the weeds and the quality and quantity of sand was variable. Some bunkers were packed hard with very little sand indeed. Drainage was poor and several bunkers were unplayable being full of water.

The greens were one of the better features, many having several tiers and challenging slopes and borrows to contend with. They didn't always run true and were prone to the odd bobble. Our impression was that they hadn't been watered and few balls pitching the green held. In this respect the parkland layout was more akin to a links requiring shots to be played short of the greens to allow them to run on.

In summary, my impression was that the courses are there as gimmicks to attract golfers to use the hotel and that they do not get the care or attention required to justify the hype. My thoughts were that they are business ventures first and golf courses second. There are many superior courses in the Chester area to chose from. If you are visiting for golf I'd recommend you consider those.

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