Come rain or shine at Carden Park Hotel our two championship golf courses and full 1000 acres of estate are tended to all year.
Behind the scenes our Estates Team work are working hard 356 days of the year ensuring the golf courses are in top condition.‚ However, as the new golf season has arrived we wanted to find out just what it takes to prepare for all the golfers keen to play a game in 2015.
Here, Peter Pattenden our Golf Courses and Estates Manager gives us an insight into what the team get up to‚¦
We have a large estate that needs to be worked on every day of the year. In our full team we have 10 Greenkeepers, two Gardeners, two Estate workers, one Mechanic and me. For the busy periods during Summer we also have four additional team members for the season.
What time do the team start and how many hours are invested into each course?
The main consideration is not to impact the golfer’s games so during the Summer we start from 5.30am – 6.00am! This is mainly to use the noisy machinery such as rough mowers and Fairway units.
What does it take to prepare each hole for the new season?
We try to maintain each hole the same, because the golfers are looking for consistency i.e, green speeds, height of rough, bunkers condition which is always a topic for discussion on preference!!
Is there certain criteria/standards that must be met?
Preparation for the new season normally takes place in the Autumn before. We start hollow tinning greens, tees and approaches during October through to February.
Any other project work we have will be started during the winter months and we also aim for this to be complete by the new season. The weather trend usually gives us all false start to the summer, the end of March is dry and sunny then April is either wet or cold, so the best growing conditions start in the middle of May.
What do you think makes a great golf course?
Being able to enjoy approx. 4.5 hours of fresh air in beautiful surroundings, playing on a course that is in good condition and‚ tailored to create a game golfer’s can be passionate about
Carden Park has a green business tourism award, are there any techniques used at Carden Park on the golf courses to support this?
We have recently had a visiting primary school, St Peters from Rossett helping #teamcarden build a swans floating raft. On a daily basis we use a waste to water wash down system and all our machines are washed using recycled water .
The irrigation system on the Nicklaus course is all recycled from our ponds and grass management is continuous through summer and winter months.
We are near completion of our new cart paths being installed on the Cheshire golf course which we will allow guests to use our new fleet of golf buggies throughout the year.
If you want to play a golf game at Carden take a look at the latest golf offers here.
Alternatively if you are interested in organising a society day, corporate event or team building golf game please call 01829 731002 and our team will be happy to help.
We hope to see you teeing off very soon!