Cobblers Cross Lane,
Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0JB
Office+44 (0)1829 733 933
Pro shop+44 (0)1829 734 160
Fax+44 (0)1829 733 928
Golf proDaniel Martinez-Perez (PGA, Head Professional)
AcademyPortal Golf Academy.
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Above distances are for the Championship course. Also at Portal is the 18-hole Premier course (par-71; 6582 yds from back tees) and the nine-hole Arderne course (par-30; 1724 yards).
9 miles E of Chester
Leave M6 at exit 18 direction Northwich / Chester. Follow A54 direction Winsford then Chester. After 10.5 miles turn left onto A49 direction Whitchurch / Nantwich. After 2.5 miles turn left at Portal Golf sign. Entrance is o.5 miles on the left.
Portal Golf Club (Championship course): Two absorbing 18-hole courses, a nine-holer, and onsite accommodation are on offer here at Portal. The Championship course, located alongside the hotel, is longer than the Premier course, which is located just under a mile away. Both courses boast fabulous views over the surrounding Cheshire countryside; Beeston Castle, Jodrell Bank as well as a host of other counties are all in view. The views though are where the likeness between Portal's two offerings stop.
The Championship course invites big-hitters to keep the big-timber in use on most tee shots. Forget the deadly rough of the sister course, here the rough is far less onerous, no doubt helping society golfers enjoy their day out. Many people take buggies here, but apart from the length of the course and one or two green-to-tee walks, its really not too onerous.
There are some lovely water features, excellent greens, beautiful early summer rhododendrons, and many great holes. The yardage guide is well worth getting; it contains fascinating historical notes about earlier activities here - well before the golf came along.
Stay & Play at Portal: onsite hotel accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Players generally walk this course.
Some great Did You Know facts are presented in Portal's yardage guide - it's worth buying one. Our favourite is about the fragment of a ruined abbey next to the first hole and behind the 18th. The ruins are not as old as they might appear. They were put there by Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Egerton (a veteran of Waterloo and other 19th century campaigns). He also included in this feature a cross commemorating Agincourt, inscribed with the name of St Crispin, on whose special day Agincourt was fought.
Cobblers Cross Lane, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0DJ
+44 (0)1829 734 100Visit website
Set in the heart of the rolling Cheshire countryside, the Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa combines excellent accommodation, dining and spa options, with championship golf and wonderful countryside views. A choice of three excellent courses, an indoor golf academy and excellently stocked pro shop make Portal an ideal choice for a golf event or mini-break.
Portal (Championship and Premier courses)
Sandiway; Delamere Forest.
Tarporley Road, Sandiway, Cheshire CW8 2ES
+44 (0)1606 889 100Visit website
Built around 1900 for Sir Aubrey Brocklebank and his wife Grace, Nunsmere Hall epitomises the splendour of gracious living.
Sandiway; Delamere Forest; Portal (Championship and Premier courses)
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