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GOLF What’s in the shed


Toro GTX electric utility vehicles x 7 Toro 1000 greens mowers x 6 Toro 3400 greens mowers x 2 Toro 3400, tees and approaches Toro 3250, tees and approaches Toro 4100 rough x 2


Pro-Flex 120 and Progress, both tractor mounted Toro 5610 fairways x 2 Toro 5410, for the football pitch


Toro 3500 Sidewinder for cutting the drive and a 5-a-side pitch


Ventrac 4500Y with different attachments, tough cut deck, contour deck and stump grinder x 2


Toro 5800-D sprayer


Toro Workman with Dakota topdresser, for topdressing tees and greens Dakota Turf Tender 440 for


topdressing fairways and football pitch and topping bunkers with sand


Charterhouse Verti-Drain


Hardi Zenith 400 sprayer, for spraying the vineyard Wiedenmann Terra Spike


Wiedenmann Mega Twister for blowing grass and leaves x 2


Smithco Tournament Ultra Roller for rolling greens Bobcat


Kioti CK35 tractors x 2 TYM T503 tractors x 2 Ford tractors x 2


Topdressing with the Dakota


harvest Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, sparkling white and “pink fizz”, created using the traditional Champenoise method, used to produce Champagne, with a second fermentation in the bottle, not in the vat,” Peter adds.


“Estate worker Keith Latham is in charge of cutting the grass between the vines twice a week, whilst also pruning growth from the end of October to early November.” “Grapes are crated on a Monday, loaded and transported to Halfpenny Green Vineyard just outside Wolverhampton, where it is fermented and bottled for us.” Last year’s swelteringly hot spell may


have severely challenged turfcare across Britain, but Carden Park was enjoying a bumper crop of grapes, Peter reports. “In 2017, the harvest generated 5,500 bottles - last year that had risen to 15,500. “The vines grow from a sandy gravelly soil,” he explains. “It turned hot in May, with showers and there had been no late frosts, which can knock the flowering back, so conditions came together perfectly to create a great harvest.”


“We sell all our own wine in-house - for the 70 to 80 weddings we host every year and in the Vines restaurant, (its name inspired by Carden’s viticulture). I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about winemaking - a high point of my time at Carden Park.”


Not every grape goes into winemaking. “Our director of spa takes some of the juice, including pips, to use as the basis of certain facial treatments,” Peter reveals. Moving through to next year, 2020 could deliver another landmark for Carden Park. Nominated for World Golf’s English Golf Course of the Year Award, the estate promises to reinforce its status as one of the UK’s top golfing and leisure destinations. Just rewards for Peter Pattenden and the team working in what is a constantly evolving landscape of sport.


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