Carden Park - Cheshire Course

Carden Park

Broxton

Cheshire

CH3 9DQ

01829 731 000

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Average rating

8.2

Course

8.3

Greens

7.5

Facilities

8.8

Value

8.4

Hospitality

8

    We are pleased to share the exciting news that a bunker refurbishment project has recently been completed on the Cheshire golf course.

    You can now play a game on the new Cheshire golf course and experience the enhancements during a golf day or stay longer with a golf break at Carden Park Hotel.

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    CSGS 2 DAY VISIT

    Average rating

    7.8

    16th October, 2017, by src1981

    Stayed here in Mid October for a 2 day society event.
    We played the Cheshire course both days. Very impressed with the setup, from a great clubhouse and facilities to the actual course itself.
    Play wasnt slow at any point which is a surpirse at these kind of venues. The course itself was in great condition considering the wonderful wet summer we've had. The greens fast and true. The only slight downer was the bunkers and the fact they didnt seem to have been raked in a few days. I had a couple of incidents where the ball stayed on the side of the bunker rather than rolling back to the bottom.
    One other slight downer for me was the price of drinks. £3.20 for a blackcurrant and lemonade is more than double what it should be. Absolutely no need to rip off customers like that.
    Other than that would highly recommend the course and im sure we will be back soon.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    7

    Great condition, lovely views

    Average rating

    8.6

    22nd January, 2017, by Gazzab73

    Just finished playing here and the course is in fantastic condition, the fairways are great no soft mushy ground anywhere, the greens well I can imagine to very tough in the summer little bit slow but that being said still great, all greens on the views from some of the holes spectacular as are some of the holes, and we had a bit of snow but didn't stop a very enjoyable round of golf.

    Course

    9

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    9

    Great course when quiet

    Average rating

    9.6

    21st October, 2015, by sterow16

    Played on a october morning, tees fairways in great knick. Greens had just been worked on however still rolled well. as with any hotel course, can get slow going. Best to play early morning. Variety of holes, with a couple of tempting tee shots over water.

    Course

    10

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    10

    Cheshire Course - Good for Society golf

    Average rating

    6.8

    4th September, 2015, by Colin B Thomson

    I have visited Carden Park over several years to join up with a group of friends and play both courses. I enjoy both equally. They are not of the highest quality but do represent reasonable value.

    Course

    6

    Greens

    6

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    7

    good society venue for overnight stay

    Average rating

    8.2

    26th July, 2015, by rugbyliberator99

    played here on mon 23rd july having stayed overnight as part of a package. they easily looked after 42 players and the whole event was very well organised.food excellent and accommodation superb.great facilities at the premises.driving range good.Cheshire course not quite as good as the Nicklaus and some tees are a bit sparse and need t.l.c. Overall this is a great society overnight venue and our group are likely to return

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    8

    Not for me.

    Average rating

    5.8

    18th June, 2015, by digger-deano

    Not my cup of tea, typical hotel golf course. Expensive golf, expensive buggies, expensive trolleys, in fact expensive is the word that best describes this place. We played four courses around the Chester area and this was by far and away the worst for condition, layout and value. The walks between holes were stupidly long as well. Definitely not worth the money. Sorry but no good remarks from me.

    Course

    5

    Greens

    6

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    5

    Hospitality

    5

    Great Back 5!

    Average rating

    7.6

    4th June, 2015, by AndyB

    Fun course that really gets going on the back 9. 16 and 17 in particular are beautifully framed in the trees and wouldn't look out of place on any course anywhere. The view off the 18th tee is excellent, and it's a nice hole to finish on.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    7

    Best view from the 18th tee ever!

    Average rating

    8.2

    14th January, 2015, by Garyuk

    Beautiful course set in a beautiful countryside! This 18 hole golf course builds up hole by hole to a fantastic back nine which culminates on the elevated tee of the 18th hole overlooking the hotel and club house.
    The club house is set in a very relaxing setting with a lovely veranda overlooking the 18th green.

    Course

    9

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    7

    Bunkers golf

    Average rating

    8.8

    17th July, 2014, by Coleys10

    Had a great day with a great bunch of colleagues and friends. Only my 2nd event with the society but fully enjoyed the course and the day. Thanks to all

    Course

    9

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    9

    A view to play for

    Average rating

    9.2

    14th July, 2014, by ste1878

    Carden park had some great reviews ! First visit last week with Bunkers Golf & Teeuplo wasn't disappointed ! The lay out is faultless and the back 9 remind me of the amazing Old Formby ! Each hole different with tight fairways and peppered with bunkers ! Course was in good condition and only criticism was the greens ! And that's being picky ! Food was great and clubhouse outstanding with the Nicholaus feel dominating the club !

    Course

    9

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    9

    Lovely Views

    Average rating

    7.8

    14th July, 2014, by Kmurphy87

    Played this course with www.bunkersgolfsociety.com as one of our major events.

    This is a lovely looking course and it is everything you expect from a 'resort' course,the fairways are well maintained the tee boxes are pristine. The only thing that let me down on this visit was the quality and speed of the greens, each green seemed to be running at a different speed so it was hard to get the pace of them, some you would race right through only for you to get tentative on the next and fall way short of the hole.

    Would this stop me playing here again? Definitely not this is a fantastic course and the finishing holes(14-18) are among the best aesthetically pleasing holes i have ever played especially the view from the 18th looking at the clubhouse. This is the first time i have played here with the greens not being up to the standard of the rest of the course so i would expect them to address this and make it a fantastic all round course once again!

    Course

    9

    Greens

    5

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    8

    A Cheshire Classic

    Average rating

    8.2

    14th July, 2014, by Bunkers Golf Society

    We took our golf society - www.bunkersgolfsociety.com to Carden Park on 13th July to play the Cheshire Course.

    The event was to be our 3rd Major of the season and was kindly supported and sponsored by our friends at Teeuplo, and in true supportive fashion they came along to enjoy the day with us.

    We had played the same course at the back end of our 2013 season and it impressed itself upon us immediately. Unbelievably, when you arrive and turn into Carden Park and think you've arrived, you still have another 5 minutes drive as you meander through the grounds and the Nicklaus course on your way to the golf clubhouse which is situated at the most elevated position of the estate.
    The grandeur of the place is evident as you drive up and pass the magnificent hotel building and various sporting grounds [archery, driving range, football pitches]. The club house is a wonderful building with a well stocked club shop and friendly staff. The bar is located on the first floor and due to us being a fairly large group; we were kindly seated in a private dining area located just off the bar with a view over the 18th green. Wonderful.

    We enjoyed tea/coffee and bacon rolls before play and made our way out to be greeted by a friendly starter who pointed out the days pin positions and gave a low-down on the course. There is a large putting green beside the 1st tee, but disappointingly for such a large complex there are no nets or pitching area to warm up – and the driving range is part way through the long drive in to the clubhouse. It’s not an ideal set up.

    The Cheshire course starts off with a par 3 – which is unusual, but gets the group together to watch eagerly to see who is ‘tuned in’ with their swing so early in the round. The course then opens up with a couple of holes to allow you to open up your shoulders and settle into the round. It then crosses a road for 2 holes that are quite tricky and back onto the Nicklaus course.
    You then return across the road to play the remaining 4 holes of the front 9 that are all very tricky and include the stroke index 1 hole on the 9th. There is a long 200+ yard par 3 that plays slightly uphill that can be a nightmare in a breeze and the course starts to take its toll on the scorecard for anyone who isn’t playing well.

    After the turn, the course really becomes impressive and the quality of the backdrop, the views across to the Welsh mountains and the layout of the course between the pine tree lined fairways starts to impress with every passing hole. It literally does just get better and better.
    In particular, the 14th to the 18th are as good a holes as you are likely to play and they are comparable in quality and appearance to Formby Golf Club [not Formby Hall] and Hillside Golf Club. The holes feel completely different to everything else on the course with superb undulations and the placement of hazards and greens within the landscape make the natural contours of the land play their part in making it a very difficult end to the round.
    It’s hard to look past the 18th hole as the standout of the course, given its elevation and views over Cheshire as you look at a tight fairway and a water hazard that is bang in play. However, for us, the best hole is most probably the 16th which presents itself with a tight tee shot down into a valley with a slight left to right shape. The next shot leads to a very tight fairway and green and any wayward shot – either way – would find itself in the pine needles. Stroke index 2 is a fair reflection of its difficulty, but the aesthetics of the hole are what really leave an impression rather than hopefully the score on your card.

    The bunkers have had some major renovation work since our last visit and they are now very much in keeping with the rest of the venue/course. They’ve also been renewed with sand and are full and soft and a true hazard if you are unlucky enough to find yourself in there.
    The fairways were short and spongy and were a joy to play off. However, if you slipped into the fluffy rough, it could be an absolute nightmare to get out if you did not get a clean connection. The dense and thick rough often wrapping around the hosel and slowing the club down into impact. If you went into the heavy stuff you could pretty much write the hole off, even if you were lucky enough to find your ball.

    The main downside of the whole day was the greens. The last 4/5 holes were without doubt the best on the course. But the previous 13/14 were very inconsistent both in terms of pace, appearance and roll. Several of the greens had small bare patches on and a couple had a form of moss growing within them that gave a horrible uneven roll if you had to go through it. There was also one hole in particular where the old hole had been filled back in and a terrible job had been made and looked like a cork sticking out the top of a bottle. The pace was probably the most frustrating as one green would be very quick and the next would be the opposite, making consistency on them very difficult as you would expect. For such a wonderful venue it is a disappointment as the greens are probably the most important aspect of any course and these [on this showing] were some way short of decent. That said, last year they were much better, but when small private courses are producing vastly superior greens at this time of year, you have to ask why such a large and prestigious resort course is falling short.

    Pace of play was O.K, but occasionally on the slow side [which tends to be a trait of the large hotel courses] and maybe signage along the way to point out how long it should take to reach certain key points on the course should be advised. I think most of our fourballs came back in around 4.5 hours – which is what the club advise on their website but at around 6000 yards [off the yellows] that is too long in our opinion.

    Post round we were again taken to a private area where we were served a lovely roast dinner, followed by tea/coffee by very attentive and friendly staff. At £4.50 a pint of Guinness, it was a bit on the steep side – but to be expected from a venue such as this I guess.

    Overall, Carden Park is a venue that we would recommend to anyone and will continue to be a resort that we try to attend season on season. The price for the day is extremely competitive for the quality of the venue, that along with the friendliness of the staff make it a pleasure to attend. Maybe in 2015 we will try the Nicklaus and get a comparative result for both – but those last 6 holes of the Cheshire course just keeps enticing us back.

    Course

    9

    Greens

    5

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    10

    A course of two halves

    Average rating

    7.8

    14th July, 2014, by phil196

    Played the Cheshire Course on Sunday 13th July 2014 with www.bunkersgolfsociety.com

    This is the second year that we have played Carden Park and the experience was just as good as 2013.

    The set up is excellent with the golf reception, pro shop and bar being away from the main hotel. As a large group we were allocated a small room to set up for our bacon rolls and evening meal and also to hold the presentation. The pro shop is well equipped and staff were welcoming. Locker rooms are spacious, well maintained and look good.

    The 1st is unusual as a par 3 and the breezy conditions made club selection tough. Not sure that many hit the green that day. The subsequent holes are of a good standard and are a decent test without being too punishing. It's when you get on the final stretch that the course really shows off with tighter fairways, well placed water and beautiful views over the Cheshire plains. The 12th through 18th are a great stretch of holes and tough with the crown jewel being the 18th. What a tee, what views and a lovely balcony overlooking the green.

    The tee boxes are well maintained and the fairways firm underneath with a lovely spring to them. Greens in the main are receptive and big. In the main they are quick however, we did notice a little inconsistency of pace on a small handful.

    Post round meal was good but not brilliant and don't go to the bar with anything less than a £20.

    Overall, this is a cracking course and pretty good value for money and I am sure this will be a regular fixture on the society calender.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    6

    the Cheshire course

    Average rating

    9.8

    14th July, 2014, by lloydyefc

    the Cheshire course is a lovely course , the back 9 is quality with some lovely holes the 15th to 18th is top quality it has a look of the Augusta national with how it's designed , the bunkers are very heavy tho lots of sand so it keeps you thinking to avoid them , av played it a few times with my society an it's a course we will always visit every season , the clubhouse is lovely to an food is quality

    Course

    10

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    10

    Always pleasant to play

    Average rating

    8.8

    24th April, 2014, by JohnS

    I have played here a number of times over the years and always found both courses at Carden Park Hotel a pleasure to play. It is a golf resort and as such it can get a little busy and worn at times but the views and surroundings are beautiful. I personally prefer the Cheshire which is a tougher test of golf with some really nice holes, I particularly like playing the 18th from an elevated tee with great views across Cheshire. The clubhouse and changing facilities are some of the very best and a well deserved pint overlooking the 18th green is a nice way to finish your day.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    8