Lichfield Rd, Wishaw,
nr Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B76 9PR
18 holes. Open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
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 (PGA National course): Although not quite living up to the star-billing of the Belfry's more famous Brabazon (Ryder Cup) course, the PGA National course is nonetheless a good-quality and enjoyable open parkland layout. It is certainly a course that will thoroughly test your overall game.
Prodigious bunkering is one of the distinctive hallmarks of this relatively open layout, where a considerable amount of earthmoundng creates good definition to the holes. Much of the original tree-planting is still to reach full maturity, but in time it will restore a parkland balance to the layout's predominantly open linksy character.
The PGA National's greens are typically large, and home to plenty of slopes and borrows. Getting down in two is never guaranteed. Water comes into play on less than half the holes, but it seriously threatens on those occasions when it does. The par-5 2nd, par-3 3rd and par-4 4th are a testing trio of water-protected holes, quite capable of derailing your score at an early stage in the round. You'll need to carefully pick your way through these early holes.
The PGA National provides a fine golfing experience in a pleasant rural setting. One or two large electricity pylons straddle parts of the course, but not to its detriment.
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).
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Soft spikes preferred. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts fitted with GPS available for hire.
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.
2019 Golf World rating: 9th best Stay&Play golf resort in Britain & Ireland.
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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