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the estate to a higher level of leisure provision, as the growing tally of awards confirms.


Last year’s drought really affected the Cheshire, and we struggled to irrigate it off the mains. Every morning at 3.00am we’d be out watering the tees and greens


Carden Park’s luxury golf breaks include time relaxing in candlelit treatment areas within the high-end spa, workouts in the fully-specified gym, a refreshing swim in the 20m indoor pool or an invigorating session in the hydrotherapy pool and sauna and steam experiences.


Tennis is on offer too. “We treat our two hard courts with algaecide, powerbrush them every six to eight weeks and paint them every season,” says Peter. Carden Park includes football among its wide-ranging provision. Training facilities can be hard to come by and Carden’s sole surface has played host to some high- ranking guests, Peter discloses. “Full-size, FA specified, the pitch has seen La Liga’s Real Betis, Bulgaria’s PFC Ludogorets Razgrad and Italy’s Genoa all


training here before European games, whilst Sheffield Wednesday came for pre-season training when their own facilities were being renovated, whilst Wrexham and Preston North End squads have also played here,” he reveals.


Living on site is the dream of many a greenkeeper and those that do remark on how uplifting it can be to walk out of your home in the morning greeted by birdsong, fine views and manicured acres, without the intrusion of noise, traffic and transport delays.


Peter lives on the estate in “a lovely house I feel privileged to live in,” he says of his period home, “and beautiful surroundings - something really special.” Peter spent his apprenticeship at Gleneagles between 1992 and 1996, before moving to Bonnyton Golf Club, East Kilbride, where he was deputy head greenkeeper for three years.


In 1999, he returned to Gleneagles as head greenkeeper of the PGA Centenary course. “I was born and bred nearby, so it was a natural move back there for me,” Peter recalls.


Perhaps ‘the seven-year itch’ kicked in because he decided to move south of the border to Carden Park in 2006, the year that owner De Vere Hotels was sold and the estate passed into new hands. “When the position of Golf Courses and Carden Estate Manager came up, I didn’t hesitate.”


A place like Carden Park can wrap you in a sense of security that must be hard to


Peter’s pick of the holes


“The 18th on the Cheshire, teeing off a sandstone cliff, takes some beating. A beautiful hole.”


Peter Pattenden 46 PC August/September 2019


“The 17th on the Nicklaus - right in front of the hotel. The biggest hitters can make it over the pond. A really nice hole.”





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