Portal (Championship) - Cheshire - England

Portal Golf & Country Club,
Arderne Hall,
Cobblers Cross Lane,
Tarporley,
Cheshire,
CW6 0DJ,
England


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  • Sacha Cauwels-Wigan

  • Donald Steel

  • Stuart Leech


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There's plenty of golf to be played at the leafy Portal Golf and Country Club in the North West of England and the club has established a glowing reputation for high standards of course condition and service. Donald Steel has fashioned several courses in Cheshire but he saved his very best for the Portal Championship course, which opened for play in 1990.

We're not buggy lovers, but the Championship course is sufficiently undulating and definitely long enough at 7,037 yards from the back tees to make a cart very tempting. The land was once a battlefield and the named holes include "Agincourt" and "Waterloo". There's certainly a military suggestion in the names, but today, there's a great deal of charm, beauty and tranquillity to be had at Portal.

There are also some great golf holes. The 3rd is a monster 602-yard par five and it's a ball-striker's delight from the elevated tee. Only the game's longest hitters will try to reach this green in two and undoubtedly some big hitters will have tried and failed, only to find their ball in the lake which guards the front of the green. The par three 14th, called "The Horn", is a delightful short hole, with its green also surrounded by water. At "Waterloo" the par four 17th, you may meet your very own Waterloo by going into Adam's Well, where an inscription once read: "Tho' if of this ale, you drink a pail, you'll never ail."

Portal certainly oozes quality, both from the Championship golf course to the striking modern clubhouse. Factor in the outstanding Tudor-styled hotel and restaurant and you've got one of the best golf facilities in Northern England.

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Description: There's plenty of golf to be played at the leafy Portal Golf and Country Club in the North West of England, 45 holes to be precise, but the best is certainly the Championship layout. Rating: 3.6 out of 6 Reviews: 9

I last played Portal some 15 years ago so this week I wanted to return. I always remembered it as a quiet course with little traffic, kept in the greatest condition with the greatest views across Cheshire...

Well it's now been taken on by the hotel chain of MacDonald Hotels. The scenery is still there but the rest has gone! I was surrounded by golfers who'd never been on a golf course before... I even had to tell the male behind to rake a bunker after he walked his adidas trainers straight out the front of it.

The golf course could truly be a great. It has the land and the set up but I sadly suspect they have few staff to now keep it in the condition it so requires.

4 / 6
Portal (Championship)
October 12, 2016


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Barry Heaps
August 20, 2018

I played the Championship Course about a month ago and was disappointed to see how far downhill this course has gone: course maintenance seems to have disappeared completely! The greens were particularly poor, and despite the hot weather other clubs are keeping their greens in good condition. I played the Premier Course a fortnight later and this was a far better course. Top 100 Course - I think not!

The course has come on leaps and bounds recently and was in excellent condition especially considering the recent haeavy rain. The fairways and greens were rolling well and the greens were very slick. There a a lot of subtle borrows on the greens which together with the speed made putting "interesting" but very fair.The views were excellent and the fairways pretty wide in general and the rough and trees won't gobble up too many balls.It is quite a long course with some hills and longish treks between holes so if you a lacking in the fitness stakes, a buggy would probably be a wise investment £25
5 / 6
Portal (Championship)
July 27, 2015


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Seven of us from Yorkshire, all low handicap golfers, played this course yesterday as our course was closed due to snow. This is a typical hotel course that lacks interest apart from a couple of holes. It is wide open and does not punish wayward tee shots. How anyone can rate this course above a three ball is beyond me!
3 / 6
Portal (Championship)
February 13, 2012


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Played on Sunday and I must say the course was in superb condition with some very memorable holes, especially the par 3 14th across the lake. Greens were slick yet receptive. Panoramic views of the Cheshire plains from the very top of the course are breathtaking.
6 / 6
Portal (Championship)
September 27, 2011


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Played yesterday and was a complete disappointment. The greens were like walking on a water bed - they were in need of cutting and the ball bounced all over the place. The general condition of the course was poor. Yes I know the time of year and weather conditions of late but I've played many cheaper and more interesting courses in better condition of late.
2 / 6
Portal (Championship)
October 18, 2009


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Unfortunately Portal just doesn't cut it and cant understand why it is so high in the rankings (if 100+ can be deemed as being high!!) Played better municipals and the course in most places was just too bland. A couple of good holes around the turn but thats it. Defo not worth going out of your way to play.
2 / 6
Portal (Championship)
January 22, 2009


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This is a boring golf course.I play a lot of different courses throughout the year and this one felt like a municiple. Such a long treck and nothing to reward you in terms of views or challenging holes.
1 / 6
Portal (Championship)
August 26, 2008


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Portal is a magnificent course. The third is a fantastic 600 yd par 5 with elevated tees. The 14th a beautiful par 3 with a green surrounded by water. All of the holes have amazing views and the course is kept in immaculate condition. The clubhouse and facilities are top notch. Highly recommended.
6 / 6
Portal (Championship)
December 19, 2004


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Set in the heart of affluent Cheshire this course has the feeling of being a little too rich for its own good. The course is OK, the clubhouse is beautiful. One can't help feeling they got the balance wrong. Portal can be a slog, there are precious few memorable holes bar the impressive 14th; a par 3 over a pond and surrounded by stately old trees. It is refreshing to see a 'new' course designed around the lie of the land, but it still feels somehow hollow. I hope that the course matures into middle age.
3 / 6
Portal (Championship)
May 19, 2004


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