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De Vere Carden Park Hotel (Chester)
Member Name: cragle
De Vere Carden Park Hotel (Chester)
Date: 02/07/13, updated on 02/07/13 (32 review reads)
Advantages: Beautifully manicured course, Excellent club house
Disadvantages: Pricey - Especially drinks
Recently I had the pleasure of playing golf at Carden Park on the Nicklaus course. As you meander up the drive leading to the Course you know that you are in for something special. The road dissects the course and on both side you can see the beautifully manicured greens and fairways. At the top of the drive you eventually come to the recently built clubhouse, or should I say club mansion. The building itself has been beautifully designed to fit in with the surrounds whilst still having a contemporary feel, spread over two floors their is a well stocked pro-shop and changing facilities on the bottom floor, whilst the second floor houses the bar and restaurant. Included in our package was a 2 course meal that cooked to the highest standard and supplied us with the substance we needed to tackle the course.
For the first course we were present with water melon and various berries with a blackberry jus. The second course was locally sourced Gammon Steak, hand cut chips, egg, pineapple and garden peas (A true british classic). the handcut chips were to die for crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, my mouth is watering now just thinking about them.
The first tee is a short walk from the clubhouse down a tree lined cart path. We were greeted by a starter who advised us where the best place to hit the initial tee shots would be (unfortunately I decided that the trees were the best place for my ball to call its new home). The course itself is beautifully present with the 6th and 17th particularly memorable holes. You can tell that this is a Nicklaus course as it has a distinctive American feel about it, lots of water, doglegs and fast greens. Make sure that you take lots of balls though as the rough can be quite unforgiving in places.
The only criticism I would have would be about the bunkers, even though the weather had been nice they were still hard and compacted and in need of turning over. That said I would not hesitate to go back or recommend the course to anybody looking for a special day out.
The hotel itself is beautiful, it is a modern building that has been designed in a Georgian style. As you walk into the mains reception you can tell tell that the staff pride themselves on first appearances, everything is perfect, from the layout of the papers on the sitting table to the extravagant flower displays that adorned the reception desk. Check-in was very straight forward and within minutes we were in our allotted rooms. The rooms are as you would expect from a major hotel chain. The laundry was clean and sharply ironed, the room itself was spotless and the small touches that let you know you are somewhere special were all in place (ie Complimentary wine, biscuits, vistor guide etc).
Summary: Well worth a visit
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