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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