Portal Championship Course is owned and managed by Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.
Plenty of room out to the left on this hole. Don't be short with your approach shot as the bunkers are tricky and depending on where the pin is, can leave you with very little green to work with.
The green is in reach for the longer hitters, even from the white tee. Two bunkers to the right and a large tree on the left at layup distance with a large bunker short right of the green. Don't go long!
Difficult driving hole at all levels of the game - well bunkered on the left of the fairway and trees down the right, your second shot is likely to require some thought! With a pond short left of the green, the sensible play is to lay up, then play a short iron to the green
With a stream to the right of the fairway, long rough to the left of the fairway, a straight drive is required. A sensible play is to hit your second shot short of the left hand fairway bunker, which opens up the elevated green. Try and avoid the bunker at the front of the green, it's quite deep.
Blind tee-shot. Aim over the top of the marker for the chance to reach the green in regulation - check the wind direction first.
Wide open fairway - take care not to be blocked out by the tree on the left. Don't be short right with your approach shot or you face a tricky pitch to the elevated green.
Only the longest and bravest of players will play to the right of the trees, with OB lurking for any mis-hits. The sensible play is to play just right of the marker post and the ball will run to the left of the fairway, this will leave a shot to another elevated 2-tier green. More deep bunkers lay in wait for any approach shots that drift to the left.
This short Par 5 plays slightly uphill (parallel to the 1st), 10 bunkers on this hole, with 8 of them in driving distance will catch any loose tee shot. A long green that plays 3 clubs different from front to back.
Aim left, or lay up short of the bunkers and take an extra club to the green, as it plays uphill.
Aim down the middle with the drive and then play to the right hand side of the green, as it all bounces to the left.
A short Par 3 that requires a lot of attention. Guarded by a pond at the front and two trees either side of the green, this hole requires a well struck tee shot. Beware of the wind swirling around the trees - sometimes going down a club (e.g. 8 to a 7 iron is the smart play).
You must fully commit to the shot on this hole or trouble awaits. Plays longer than it looks. Wind often swirls above the trees here and can be difficult to feel from the tee. Recommend taking an extra club.
Depending on your drive, either layup short left of the pond, then play up to the green, or you can go straight for the green. Approach shot, plays at least one more club than yardage.
Out Of Bounds (Rule 18 applies)
a. Applies to all holes, beyond all hedges and fences marking the boundary of the course.
b. Internal Out of Bounds when playing the 9th hole, beyond the inside points at ground level of the line of white stakes to the right of the 9th fairway.
c. On or beyond the road to the left of the 18th fairway and on or beyond the road behind the 2nd green.
1. Relief MUST be taken:
a. From all staked trees/shrubs and trees/shrubs protected by mesh protectors.
b. From formal garden areas around tee boxes and on both sides of the main entrance road.
2. Relief MAY be taken:
a. If a ball lies within one club-length of any pop-up sprinklers or concrete/plastic/metal drains.
b. If there is interference to stance or area of intended swing because of the fixed course furniture. (This includes the halfway house by the 10th tee and the Arbour behind the 12th green).
c. From all artificially surfaced paths and tracks.
d. From all drainage channels where gravel is exposed.
e. From the internal out of bounds posts when not playing 9th hole.
Safety Fence on the 1st hole.
a. If the ball lies in the area between the fence and the vertical drop, relief MUST be taken under Rule 16. If the ball is in a penalty area, a penalty shot must be taken under Rule 16.1
b. No shot shall be taken when the player’s stance is between the safety fence and the drop relief MUST be taken.
Drop Zone on 14th to the left of the rear pond by large tree
If a ball is in the penalty area to the rear of the 14th green, a penalty shot must be taken under Rule 16.1 by dropping in the drop zone.
Ground Under Repair
Relief MUST be taken from all areas marked by white paint or other medium and defined as GUR or
as currently posted on notice boards.
Tractor Tyre Marks, Wheel Ruts or Spring Flowers
A ball lying in the general area in an abnormal course condition i.e. a wheel rut, tyre or animal hoof mark MAY be lifted and dropped in accordance with Rule 16.1b.
Penalty for breach of any Local Rule.
Stroke play – Two strokes
Match play – Loss of hole
See notice board for any temporary local rules.
All 150 yardage posts are to the centre of the green.
PROTECTION OF THE COURSE
Use of Buggies
a. Buggies MUST stay on the paths when on the 14th & 16th holes.
b. When there are no paths to use, buggies should stay in the semi-rough or rough and should only
cross the fairways at 90 degrees.
c. Buggies MUST NOT be driven or parked within 10 yards of greens or green fringes or bunkers, unless on a path.
d. Buggies MUST NOT be taken onto tees, greens or green fringes.
Use of Trolleys (Pull & Electric) and Golf Bags
a. Trolleys/Bags MUST NOT be taken onto tees, greens and green fringes.
b. Trolleys MUST NOT be taken between greens and greenside bunkers.
a. Please rake bunkers and leave the rake back in the rake holder or IN the bunker if no holder after use.
b. Please all repair pitch marks on greens.
c. Please replace all divots on all parts of the course.