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Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa

Surrounded by tranquil Cheshire countryside, Macdonald Portal is a fabulous resort that boasts two of the very finest courses in the North West.  The Championship Course is the headline act, designed by the legendary Donald Steel, it remains one of the best hidden gems in the country. Alongside the 18-hole Premier Course and 9-hole Arderne Course, Portal is completed by the largest indoor golf academy in Europe. 

Terrific resort facilities match the courses to provide one of the most sought-after golf break destinations in England. Following the completion of a ₤11 million investment, the hotel at Portal is a real delight and is a golf break destination where you can truly relax and unwind. Some of the best features include the state-of-the-art spa and the delightful Ranulf Restaurant.

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Exclusive promotions and discounts*

  • 1 in 12 goes free in 2018!
  • 1 in 12 goes free in 2019!
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*Where applicable, the relevant promotions will be applied during the booking process.

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Golf Courses at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa

With a choice of three great golf courses, and facilities including the largest indoors-golfing academy in Europe, and a fantastically well stocked pro-shop, The Portal Hotel has established itself as a world-class championship venue, ideal for all standard of player.

Championship Course

The Championship Course at Portal is relatively unknown to a wide audience, but having opened in 1990, it is one of the best courses to be completed in England in the modern era. In fact, it was named ‘Golf Course Of The Year' in 1995, and is the star of Portal's golfing complex. Designer Donald Steel has created a challenge that is characterised by unique and distinctive holes; expansive water hazards and cascading waterfalls are among the tests. The signature is typical of Steel's magnificent 7,037 yard layout - the long third tips the scales at 607 yards, with a green guarded by a beautiful lake.

Course Information

Par 71
Designed by Donald Steel
Opened for play 1990

Tees

White 7,058 yards SSS 71
Yellow 6,577yards SSS 71
Red 5,928 yards SSS 74.1

Signature hole- No. 14: Par 3, 136 yards (White), SI 17 (Men), 4 (Ladies)

The Championship signature hole plays to almost an island green, with water around the front, side and back of the green and a couple of waterfalls too. The best entrance would be straight down the middle, as this would avoid two large trees which overhang either side, and could easily rebound your ball back into the water.

Arderne Course

The Arderne Course at the Macdonald Portal Hotel is a 9 hole par 30 golf course and is a fantastic test of your short game. The course comprises of 3 par 4’s and 6 par 3’s and has a total yardage of 1724. There are two sets of tee’s so this course can be played twice. The Lee Westwood Golf School use this course for practicing so you never know who you might catch a glimpse of!

STATS

Par: 30

Designed by: Donald Steel

Opened for play: 1990

TEES

White: 3472 yards, SSS 30

Yellow: 3248, SSS 30

Premier Golf Course

While the Premier Course at Portal will always be in the shade of its award-winning sibling, it is a cracking course in its own right. Overlooking the Cheshire Plains, the par-71 parkland track is shorter than the Championship Course, measuring 6,538 yards, but benefits from the same stunning water and woodland backdrop. Both courses are consistently maintained in immaculate condition, and together form the basis that has made Portal one of the best destinations for a golf break in the north west.

If you're feeling strong, have a crack at the 607 yard third hole on Donald Steel's Championship Course.

Course Information

Par 71
Designed by Tim Rouse
Opened for play 1990

Tees

White 6,582 yards SSS 71
Yellow 6,293 yards SSS 71
Red 5,688 yards SSS 74.1

Signature hole-No. 15: Par 3, 205 yards (White), SI 11 (men), 17 (ladies)

The 15th on the Premier is a breathtaking hole. Playing very high up, the elevated tee is almost on a cliff face and the approach has to be judged well, due to a sheer drop to the low-down kidney shaped green. Accuracy is paramount on this hole as there are trees which overhang on both sides and bunkers to the left and right of the green.

Accommodation at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa

The accommodation consists of 85 rooms and 6 executive suites, all of which are complete with a mini-bar, internet access, tea/coffee making facilities, en suite bathroom, satellite television and a work area. The suites boast private balconies, which afford fantastic views of the beautiful estate surrounding the hotel.

The investment scheme encompassed the entire property, and as such, the public areas are equally as plush as the deluxe bedrooms, ensuring that your golf break at Potal will be comfortable from the first moment to last.

Indulgence is the buzz word in Portal's state-of-the-art Spa, which opened in September 2007. The relaxing tranquil environment will soothe mind, body and soul, and is complemented by the sauna, rock sauna, aroma steam bath, salt infusion suite and ice bath. In addition to the 18-metre swimming pool, the complex offers a fantastic range of beauty treatments.

The Ranulf Restaurant is among the region's best - choose from the finest Scottish-bred beef and lamb, or the fish, sourced from the famed Loch Fyne Oyster Company. 

For something more laid back, unwind with a drink or snack in the lounge, overlooking the beautiful Cheshire Plains.

Features

  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Beauty Salon
  • Gymnasium
  • Conference Facilities
  • Private Dining
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EVERYONE IN OUR GROUP THROUGHLY ENJOYED OUR WEEKEND. THE STAFF WERE GREAT AND FOOD IN RESTUARANT WAS EXCELLANT. HAD GREAT NIGHT IN THE BAR, BUT PRICES ABIT STEEP

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Hotel has excellent facilities with a great choice of food and drinks.

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Great hotel. Everything was spot on, nice rooms, nice food, friendly staff and a good atmosphere around the hotel.

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Excellent

Lovely welcome, very nice hotel, clean accomodation, staff giving good service, food excellent, 2 good golf courses well maintained. only down side was the weather on one of the days. Really fabulous 2 days which we all enjoyed and recommend to anyone.

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Lovely hotel, but the sign on the main road was covered by a hedge where the arrow shows left, but because we couldn't see this we went right for 4 mins then decided to turn round, we were also asked if we had booked our time slot for eating, we didn't know about that either before the trip

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Staff very helpful, very clean and rooms were comfortable.

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Championship Course (Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa)

Not as good condition as previous visits.

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Premier Course (Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa)

The greens staff were top dressing on a hole that we were playing,one half of the green was full of sand the other half ok.we had to replace the balls to put out.NOT happy.

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Premier Course (Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa)

ENJOYABLE COURSE WITH SOME INTERESTING HOLES. NOT AS WELL PRESENTED AS CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE BUT STILL A GREAT DAYS GOLF

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Championship Course (Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa)

SUPREBLY PRESENTED COURSE, IN GREAT CONDITION DESPITE RECENT WEATHER. CHALLENGEING BUT REALLY ENJOYABLE WITH STUNNING VIEWS OF LOCAL AREA

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Premier Course (Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa)

Tighter off the tee than the championship course with some great looking holes. Again fast and slopey greens. Really enjoyed the challenge.

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Championship Course (Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa)

Tough course if you're not on your best game but still enjoyable. Greens are fast and slopey..

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Premier Course (Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa)

Loved this course. Great design and great condition. We will definitely be back to play this course again. Especially enjoyed the Par 3's

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Championship Course (Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa)

The course was in good condition considering the time of year (Oct) and the very dry summer we have just had. Greens were very good. We all enjoyed the course with the only complaint being that there were too many long Par 4's

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Championship Course (Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa)

Being 74 years young I found the course rather drawn out and long. Good for the hard hitters but not as interesting as the Premier course.

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Premier Course (Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa)

Heavy rain spoilt the round, but the course was well drained with no puddles, good greens. Better two of the courses.

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Championship Course (Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa)

quite bare in places on the fairway with no free drops, greens were spongy and strange which left pitch marks quite deep which players before us didn't repair!

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Premier Course (Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa)

We arrived to be told we hadn't booked buggy's when we had and was on the booking form, we teed off at 215 and got in after 7 to find out the clubhouse closed at 6 which they didn't let us know, luckily the bar lady was still cleaning and let us in to get our shoes!

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Premier Course (Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa)

Hillier but shorter. Liked it very much

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Championship Course (Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa)

Enjoyed but liked premier better

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Championship Course (Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa)

Long course 4 me

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Premier Course (Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa)

Long course 4 me

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