Carden Park has becoming somewhat of a golfing mecca in the North West of England, a 17th Century estate that occupies 750 acres of beautiful Cheshire countryside, complete with two fantastic golf courses. The Nicklaus at Carden Park is one of these, a gem of a course designed by the famous father and son duo, opened in 1996 the course was quickly recognised as one of the best new courses in the country and has since hosted the PGA seniors tour on two occasions. The course, like many designed by Nicklaus, poses a true golfing challenge, with numerous double fairways, large water hazards and strategically placed bunkers throughout, while the natural contours of the land have been used As with many Nicklaus courses there are numerous teeing areas, meaning the course ranges from a challenging 7000 yards if you play off the back, down to a far more leisurely 5200 yards from the front, a design choice that means that golfers of any skill level can enjoy a pleasurable round of golf. The setting for the Nicklaus is fantastic, with numerous large water hazards, spectacular holes across streams and panoramic views that look out over the Welsh hills. The Nicklaus is well designed parkland course that can be enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels but is still a thinking mans course and will require a certain amount of strategy if you want to post a respectable score.