Golf Safety Measures

Update - 13th October

Macdonald Portal Hotel & Spa will be operating the following guidelines as Tarporley has been classed within a 'high risk' area, falling within the Cheshire West and Chester area.

The following guidelines are now in place for people that live within this or travelling from a lower-tier area:

  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
  • People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space.
  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or plan to avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

Operational confirmation/changes to our golf business:

  • Golf will continue in its entirety on the Championship, Premier and the Arderne. Players must not congregate in groups of any more than 6 outside.
  • Access to golf shops will continue, however social distancing and face coverings are mandatory. To reduce footfall, we ask that the primary contact, per tee time, 'checks' in with the pro shop on behalf of the tee time.
  • Buggy usage may continue however you must follow the England Golf guidance which states individuals or members of the same household/bubble can use buggies
  • The Premier clubhouse and hotel lounge will remain open. However, you can only sit with members of your household/support bubble on that set table for food & beverage. Tables service, as well as face coverings, will continue to be mandatory.

Please note: that it is the individual's responsibility to check and act accordingly, based on where you are travelling from and the destination.

If you currently live within a 'very high risk' area, then further guidelines/restrictions will apply.

Booking / Arrival

  • Every golfer that wishes to enter the golf department across the Resort, MUST wear a face covering or they will be denied entry by one of the golf team
  • Tee time reservations are mandatory for all and should be booked online or by calling your club in advance
  • Full pre-payment to be made in advance to our golf team
  • Payment must be made via credit card or debit card. No cash payments
  • By booking and paying for a tee time to play at our courses, you accept all terms and conditions and agree to abide by our strict rules of play and observe health and safety guidelines at all times. Failure to do so will result in your removal from our courses
  • Golfers should travel to the course alone, or with a member of the same household only
  • Arrive at the course 15 minutes before your tee-time
  • Ample car parking spaces are available to ensure social distancing (2m at all times)
  • Players should arrive in golf attire and change shoes at their car
  • In line with Government Guidelines, as of Friday 24th July all members and guests must check in and will be asked to wait outside whilst acknowledging you are checking in if no mask is worn
  • If a payment is required, contactless machines are available and a member of the golf team will take payment whilst wearing a mask – if they are behind the currently installed glass shields they will not be required to wear one


  • Be on the first tee at least 5 minutes before your tee time
  • Avoid accumulation of several golfers (i.e. more than 4) on tee boxes
  • Do not share any golf equipment with other players
  • Do not touch golf-flags, play ‘gimmes’ where possible
  • Do not shake hands after the game and do not exchange score cards
  • Please rake bunkers with a golf club or your feet

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