Lichfield Rd, Wishaw,
nr Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B76 9PR
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Peter Alliss & Dave Thomas
The three 18-hole courses at The Belfry are: Brabazon course (par-72, 7196 yds from back tees); PGA National course (par-72, 7053 yds from back tees); Derby course (par-70, 6057 yds).
10 miles NE of Birmingham
Leave the M6 (toll) motorway at exit T2 (Lichfield A446) and follow direction Lichfield on the A446. After 1.2 miles The Belfry is on your right.
The Belfry (Brabazon course): Hosting four Ryder Cup matches between 1985 and 2002 put The Belfry's Brabazon Course fairly and squarely on the world golfing map. The course had suffered from rather mediocre reviews, but from its Ryder Cup heydays steadily rose in stature and in the rankings. The natural parkland layout now commands a reputation that matches the quality of the top-level events played here.
Predominantly tree-lined, although a little more open in places, this excellently presented layout has matured over the years into a very pleasant and absorbing test of golf. Although not overly undulating, the excellent bunkering, frequent water hazards and woodland stretches provide each hole with excellent definition, and in most cases plenty of challenge.
Thanks in large part to the Ryder Cup coverage, several of the Brabazon's holes have now become part of golfing folklore. Two holes standout. The drivable but water protected green at the short gently downhill par-4 10th, presents a huge risk-reward opportunity for those prepared to have a tilt at the green from the tee. Closing out the back-nine loop is the always testing long par-4 18th. With water lurking from the tee and needing to be cleared in front of the large final green, this hole has been the demise of many a world-class player, especially when the weight of Ryder Cup honours is bearing down.
It's not just Ryder Cup fame that draws golfers to The Brabazon. The quality and inherent challenge of the course makes it one of England's top-rated modern parkland courses.
Stay&Play at The Belfry: onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 24; women 32. Proof of handicap required. (No handicap limit on the Derby course).
Soft spikes preferred. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts fitted with GPS available for hire. Caddies available.
The Belfry's Brabazon golf course, a regular European Tour venue, gained wide acclaim as host venue for several unforgettable Ryder Cup matches. The PGA National course has hosted the European Senior Tour on a number of occasions. For details see: Top Golf Tournaments at The Belfry.
England's 84th best course (Golf World, 2023).
Britain & Ireland's 172nd best course (Golf World, 2022).
Lichfield Rd, Wishaw, North Warwickshire B76 9PR
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The 4-star Belfry Resort, located just outside Birmingham, is home to world class golf facilities, including the renowned Brabazon course, of Ryder Cup fame. The resort offers a wide range of excellent leisure, spa and conference facilities.
The Belfry (Brabazon, PGA National and Derby courses).
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