One of Europe’s best qualified golf professionals and coaches, David Llewellyn, is coming home to Carden Park in Cheshire, although part of him never left the leading golf destination.
The former Welsh champion will return as Executive Golf Professional at Carden Park this Spring. He originally worked at the 1,000-acre estate from 1994-2002, during which time Jack Nicklaus and his son Steve designed the club’s famous Nicklaus Course.
Llewellyn was lucky enough to caddy for Nicklaus Snr in the opening exhibition match with Ian Woosnam. A photograph of the two players has remained above the stairway in the clubhouse for over 22 years.
Both then and now, Llewellyn will work alongside general manager Hamish Ferguson, who said: “David has always been one of the team and is a great asset to Carden Park. His worldwide experience, our recent PGA Accreditation, and our on-going programme of investment, means we are poised to become one of the finest golfing destinations in the country.”
Llewellyn will be responsible for looking after the club’s private members and visitors, and will be raising the profile of the new golf academy, which was awarded PGA Accreditation at the start of this year. He is particularly keen to work in local schools and to help attract young people, as well as professionals at the start of their career, by using his knowledge and experience of playing with the world’s best players.
Llewellyn, who turned pro in 1968, won the World Cup of Golf for Wales alongside Woosnam and also won 10 tournaments worldwide, said: “I am very excited about coming back home. Carden Park has the opportunity to be one of the best golfing destinations in the UK, and I will be working with Hamish to realise it’s full potential.”