Portal (Championship) - Cheshire - England

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


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There's plenty of golf to be played at the leafy Portal Golf and Country Club in the northwest of England, forty-five holes in fact. Donald Steel has fashioned several courses in Cheshire but maybe he saved his 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 tempting. The land was once a battlefield and two of the named holes include the opener "Agincourt" and "Waterloo" the penultimate hole. Choose your tee carefully unless you want a personal skirmish.

There are also some strong golf holes on the Championship layout. 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."

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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: 4.5 out of 10 Reviews: 12
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paul higgins

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.

December 19, 2004
8 / 10
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David Richards
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.
May 18, 2004
4 / 10
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