Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0JB
Office+44 (0)1829 733 884
Pro shop+44 (0)1829 733 703
Fax+44 (0)1829 733 928
Golf proDaniel Martinez-Perez (PGA, Head Professional)
AcademyPortal Golf Academy.
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Above distances are for the Premier course. Also at Portal is the 18-hole Championship course (par-73; 7037 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 50 yds on the left.
Portal Golf Club (Premier 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 parkland Premier course, partly open and partly tree-lined, is justly famous for its magnificent views over surrounding Cheshire, and also away to Staffordshire, Derbyshire and the distant hill line of Cannock Chase. On the course, very good use is made of the undulating terrain (and Roman excavations - see Did You Know?).
The driving lines here are often quite tight, with thick rough often awaiting stray shots. The closing stretch of four holes, alternating par-3s and par-5s, provides a fitting end to a very pleasant and scenic layout. Is this better than the more society-oriented Championship course? You decide ... we liked them both.
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.
This is a great course to play with one of the more knowledgeable members. They will point out the many examples of ancient Roman activity strewn around this course, activity that pre-dates the golf by perhaps 1,500 years. There are walls (as at the 7th green) and ponds (in the middle of the 10th fairway), which are remnants of the Roman stone-quarrying that supplied the basic materials from which the ancient city of Chester was first built. Masons' marks are still inscribed in some of the stones. Alongside the 8th hole (left-side) is an old Roman road.
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.
Worleston, Nantwich, nr Chester, Cheshire CW5 6DQ
+44 (0)1270 610 016Visit website
Portal; Sandiway; Carden Park; Delamere Forest.
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