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59 Reviews (59)
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.0
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.8
85.5%
Recommend this course
51 out of 59 reviews
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3.8
19 Reviews (19)
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Conditions
4.1
Value
3.6
Layout
4.3
Pace
3.1
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
84.2%
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16 out of 19 reviews
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4.0
26 Reviews (26)
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.0
Value
3.7
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.4
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.5
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22 out of 26 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 73
Length 7037 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A
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Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa - Championship Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1990
Golf Season Year round
Architect Donald Steel (1990)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Lee Westwood Golf School"
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Walking Allowed Yes

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Fitness

Reviews

4.0
59 Reviews (59)
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Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

What a great course even with all the rain we’ve had and barely any leaves either. Only down side was coming down the 18th near the car park was about 10 women all chatting loud like fish wives while you are taking your shot. You can be clearly seen from the car park and only a few yards from it. They just couldn’t shut their traps for 30 seconds. Other than that it’s a fantastic course better than portal premier

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

5 HOUR ROUND AGAIN

As last visit we had a bunch of 4 balls ahead of us (or was it 5 balls?) which got so slow that we abandoned our round after hole 14 and 4 hours and walked in. Clearly no guidance given to first time visitors on either time or etiquette which is detrimental to regulars who wish to play at normal speed.
Disappointed again.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Shocking pace of play

Got to course for the 2nd week running 12-16 players waiting at the first tee because of over booking,5 and half round last week because of slow play,yday got stuck behind a four ball that didn’t hit the ball more than 50 yards a shot and refused to let us play through so we walked off after 12 hole after 4 1/2 hours it would have been 6-7 hours if we had stayed on,we won’t be playing there again
I went into the shop to make a complaint but got fobbed off

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Portal - Championship

Course is in great condition. It’s long and fairly wide with plenty of bunkers protecting greens and fairways. Greens are quick but in excellent condition. Only negatives are it can be a little slow when busy and a couple of the marker posts on blind dog legs can be misleading.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Course, Good condition, Quick Greens.

First time playing the course, Very impressed with the course conditions, well kept, greens pretty good and quite quick. A long course but mainly wide fairways so not really tough.
Some great signature holes teeing off overlooking the Cheshire Plains down towards the green and a par 3 with water at the front and trees either side.

A cart guy going round selling snacks & drinks was always welcome.

Only downside was lack of signage to the next hole and not too obvious where you were going, not a place for a quick round with lots of big groups however the views made up for that.

Hire buggies unless you like a good walk.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Avoid slow play

Course in good condition. Greens really good. But if you don’t want a 5 hour round avoid the weekend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Championship course

A nice varied course, the greens and fairways are good however the bunkers are like concrete, hard sand and a lot of them even have moss growing in them, other than the bunkers a descent course, will return,

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Don't go

Nearly 6 hours to play 18 holes the bunkers were horrendous and the course was just generally in bad condition all round the greens weren't bad

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging

Course held up well given amount of rain in previous few days. Greens slightly slower than expected. Good layout but quite long for average golfer. Tee boxes well looked after and flat. Greens true with plenty breaks. Need to make your score on front 9.
Lovely signature hole is par 3 14th- only 120 yards but over water to shallow two tier green with trees overhanging both sides.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fantastic!! With great views!

A fabulous course, prepare to get your steps in as it’s long! But fantastic surroundings and some lovely holes. One of the best I have played on.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor Value

So slow we ended up just playing 12 holes, on one hole the 4th there were 4 groups with another waiting behind us. Over an hour to play 4 holes. We think 2 lots of teenagers had ‘bunked on’
This used to be my favourite course in Cheshire but it is def not in the condition it used to be, sadly it will be a while before we go back & £35 for a dirty grubby buggy is an absolute rip off compared to the alternative hotel type golf at Carden Park where it is £20 and the courses in much better condition

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Enjoyed the day

I did like this course, tee'd off on a Saturday @12:00hrs .
100 and 200 markers missing on the fairways, and the bunkers lacked attention and sand. The greens were in good condition, and some very interesting holes.
Very polite staff in the golf shop, as well as very nice golf attire on sale as well.
This was my second visit, and I will return again very soon.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Good whack

Long holes, some are pretty tight, greens are not the best, but enjoyed the game

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Tough test

Course was in decent condition but greens and bunkers need improvement. Good test of golf and played it in in easy conditions so would be a different story in wind and rain. Definitely worth playing.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
First Time Playing

Such a shame

Beautifully laid out course but been so late ago the bunkers you can’t play full of weeds the greens are horrible cracked and unplayable such a shame a great course it could be

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0

Single round

Course was very very wet but a a good effort on keeping rough shorter and clearing leaves. Greens soft but true. Overall conditions much better than expected. Played as a single and 3 ball in front we’re happy to let me play through. Will be back.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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