Photo of Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa (Championship course)

Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa

Arderne Hall, Cobblers Cross Lane,

Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0DJ

  • Office

    +44 (0)1829 733 933
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1829 734 160
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1829 733 928
  • Golf pro

    Judy Statham / Adrian Hill
  • Academy

    Portal Golf Academy.

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Rural countryside.

  • Designer:

    Donald Steel

SSS or slope

At the same location:

18-hole par-71 Premier course (6582 yds from back tees); 9-hole par-30 Arderne course (1724 yards).






How to get there:

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 Hotel, Golf & Spa (Championship course)

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1990

Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa (Championship course): Like the Premier course here at Portal, the Championship course can also boast fabulous views over surrounding Cheshire; 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 is longer than the Premier, and really invites big-hitters to keep the big-timber in use. Forget the deadly rough of the sister course, here the rough is far less onerous, helping the many society golfers enjoy their day out. Two refreshment cabins and a circling buggy should also help keep you "fat and happy" as your round progresses. 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 strokesaver / course guide is well worth getting; it contains many fascinating historical notes about earlier activities here - before the golf took over, that is.

List of courses: England - Lancs / Cheshire
  • Photo of Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa (Championship course)
  • Photo of Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa (Championship course)
  • Photo of Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa (Championship course)
  • Photo of Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa (Championship course)
  • Photo of Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa (Championship course)
  • Photo of Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa (Championship course)
  • Photo of Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa (Championship course)
  • Photo of Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa (Championship course)
  • Photo of Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa (Championship course)
  • Photo of Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa (Championship course)


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Contact Hotel or Pro Shop for green fee details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc.

Other information

Players generally walk this course.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Some great Did You Know's are in the strokesaver - its worth buying one. Our favourite is about the fragment of a ruined Abbey next to the first hole and behind the 18th. It’s a fake ! 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.

Published ranking

2019 Golf World rating: 49th best Stay&Play golf resort in Britain & Ireland.


  • Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa4-star

    Cobblers Cross Lane, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0DJ

    +44 (0)844 879 9082

    Visit website

    Set in the heart of the rolling Cheshire countryside, the 18-hole Portal and Premier golf courses and 9-hole Arderne course have established the Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa as a top-class championship golf venue. A choice of 3 excellent courses, an indoor golf academy and excellently stocked Pro Shop make Portal an ideal choice for a golf event, while luxury accommodation, fine food and drink and a premier spa turn a golf break into a holiday.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Portal (Championship and Premier courses)

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Sandiway; Delamere Forest.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Carden Park

  • Nunsmere Hall4-star

    Tarporley Road, Sandiway, Cheshire CW8 2ES

    +44 (0)1606 889 100

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    Built around 1900 for Sir Aubrey Brocklebank and his wife Grace, Nunsmere Hall epitomises the splendour of gracious living.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Sandiway; Delamere Forest; Portal (Championship and Premier courses)

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Carden Park

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