The Belfry

The Belfry, Wishaw, West Midlands, England, B76 9PR

01675 470301 | E-mail golf course | Golf course website

4 star golf &amp; spa hotel near Birmingham, short breaks West <b>...</b> PGA National Golf Academy and National Custom Fit Centre, Belfry <b>...</b> Course Overviews
Brabazon Challenge Green fees, British Masters course, golf courses West Midlands <b>...</b>

54 reviews of The Belfry

Showing 25 most recent reviews. View all reviews

Had a very nice golf break here with yourgolftravel.com playing and staying at the hotel. Had read about the refurbishment and have to say the hotel was very impressive.

The golf is very enjoyable here, we played all 3 courses in a 2 night stay starting with the shortest and easiest, Derby Course. We're all mid handicappers so this was perfect for us as it got us in the swing of things and ready for the next two rounds which got progressively harder. Quite a bit of space off the tee here and we all scored our most stableford points on the Derby. PGA National was the second of our rounds, it felt a lot more challenging than the Derby with more length required off the tee and some challenging second (and third) shots.

Our final round was at The Brabazon which is a really special experience and something I would recommend to any golfer. The course was in fantastic condition considering the rain we've had of late with the green running fast and everything looking tip top. Some very memorable holes and a great one to tick off the list of Top 100 golf courses I've played.

Staff and service was great. We ate in the hotel both nights which was very nice.

My scores below for anyone who is interested!

Derby - 37 stableford points
PGA National - 34 stableford points
The Brabazon - 29 stableford points (including a birdie on 10!)

Posted by Peter G on 07/01/2016
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money4

Recently stayed here and have to say it was an excellent experience. The hotel has been recently refurbished and was MUCH better than previous stays here. The rooms are spacious and modern and better than the hotels 4 star rating in my opinion.

We played the Brabazon and PGA National Courses, both were in top notch condition with the Brabazon in particular an excellent test. Given the number of golfers who play here each year I think this is a remarkable feat.

Whilst I lost balls in the water on both 10 and 18, the entire break was superb and we look forward to returning in the not too distant future.

Only slight negative was the price of a pint which was a little higher than I was expecting but guess it is to be expected in this day and age.

Posted by Derek on 11/06/2014
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5

Just back from a great golf break with yourgolftravel.com

We played the Brabazon and PGA National Courses and were very impressed by the condition and layout of the courses. Whilst the Brabazon is the one you remember from TV and the tournaments the PGA is a good warm up. Hotel is nice although isn't as good as the Celtic Manor (where we went last year).

Would give it 10 out of 10 just because I made a birdie on the 10th hole (didn't drive the green but got it close!)

Posted by Ian Wales on 28/06/2013
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5

It is what it is; a Ryder Cup venue rather than a world class golf course. It is, in a somewhat Americana way, a very good course of it's time. It isn't however a classic which people will be raving about fifty years from now.

If you want to go for the history, fine. Just try not to be too disappointed with the golf. Set your expectations fairly low and you will no doubt have a pleasurable time. As I said, it's goof rather than great.

As for the Derbe and the PGA National, keep your wallet in your pocket.

Posted by Nathan Reading on 08/05/2013
3
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 3
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1

I was intrigued to play on a course on which the Ryder Cup has been held. I appreciate that it differs in as much as we played it at the end of winter and off forward tees but it is nonetheless the same course and layout.

Unfortunately the course was very wet, so much so that we were told that we could play within one club length of where the ball came to rest irrespective of whether we were on the fairway or in the rough. This was a sensible decision from the powers that be, in order to promote something like a sensible pace of play.

It wouldn't be truthful to say that the conditions didn't diminish my enjoyment at all but not enough that I wasn't genuinely happy to have had the opportunity to play on this world famous course.

There are a number of excellent holes where the hazards and layout of the greens provides a really good test of one's abilities in all departments of the game. The course is not particularly pretty but if you love golf then you'll be giving the layout your full attention.

There are a number of greens with multiple tiers. If you find the wrong tier then you'll be doing very well to two putt. There are also a lot of well placed bunkers and water hazards. Very few of those hazards could be described as cosmetic or aesthetic on the Brabazon course.

As for the hotel it's perfectly reasonable but nothing to get excited about. I certainly wouldn't describe it as high end but given the package we got it was good value. What is expensive is the bar prices but like all businesses they have to make their money somewhere so bear it in mind if you pick up an all inclusive deal that seems to be particularly good value.

As for the Derby course. Well that might be a case of the less said the better. I have played golf in a lot of fields with a few holes dug in them and sand added. It was reminiscent of all such experiences. I certainly wouldn't have missed playing that particular track. That said, if I had to play it again in order to get a chance to play the Brabazon on a warm, dry summer's day then I'd do it again.

Posted by Grant Connell on 26/03/2013
4
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 4
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse4
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service4
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse4
  • Course challenge2
  • Staff service4
  • Value for money3
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse4
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service4
  • Value for money4

The Brabazon is a must play. The Ryder Cup history alone demands it.
I first played it 2010 and managed to birdie the 10th (Seve's hole).
In what sport can a rubbish player like me do the equivalent ? I will never score a goal at Wembley or a try at Twickenham.
Forget the cost of coffee and drinks (you are on a treat) Soak up the surroundings and enjoy it.
Playing again this Saturday 6th Oct and even if I don't play well I will enjoy the day.

Posted by Richard Clist on 02/10/2012
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5

The Belfy is an excellent course BUT I believe like St Andrews, it's trumped up to be more than what it actually is. There are a couple of great holes but it's not one of the best I've played. Plus having to pay £160 for a standard green fee is ridiculously expensive. Also, I've never had to pay a fiver for a cup of coffee even in a top London hotel. Enjoyed the stay overall but not what it's purported to be.

Posted by Phil Snelman on 29/08/2012
3
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 3
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse4
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse4
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1

So there I was, striding down the fairways made so famous by the Ryder Cup. Feeling confident of repeating the likes of Ballesteros, O'Connor or at worst just jumping in the lake like McGinley, I travelled to the Belfry with my friends on our annual golf breaks. The resort is very, very easy to find from the motorway. The hotel is fine although could do with an update but the golf courses were excellent, the Derby is quite short but enjoyable whilst the PGA is quite a tricky proposition when playing off the back tees.

The Brabazon was much better than I expected to be honest, the greens were very fast and the layout was very good. I attempted (and failed!) to recreate my golfing moments of days gone by - it looks like I'm not good enough to play professional golf after all!

Would recommend it to all.

Posted by Roger Mithers on 12/04/2012
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge2
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5

My golfing buddies and I recently played the Brabazon and the Derby while on a golf break at the Belfry and we have nothing but praise for the whole setup.

The Derby Course was a great warm up for the main attraction. A par 69 that eases you into you swing, this course is really enjoyable and the 5th hole will live long in my memory...somehow I managed to clear the big Oak in the middle of the fairway before holing out with my seven wood for the first eagle of my long and unsuccessful golf career!

The Brabazon was probably a bit too tough for my liking but that certainly didnt stop me from enjoying every minute of my round. Standing on the 10th tee and indeed the 18th fairway brings Ryder Cup memories flooding back and you get a special feeling when you're plying this course...I don't want to use this phrase but it really does have the X factor!

We booked our golf break with yourgolftravel.com and included in the deal was a night in the hotel with dinner and breakfast included. The Belfry Hotel was amazing and we couldn't figure out why it hasn't been awarded a fifth star...perhaps someone could enlighten us?!

All in all our weekend at the Beflry was superb value for money and something we will be looking to do again in the not too distant future.

Posted by Bob Fowler on 19/07/2011
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money5

Played The Brabazon on the 6th March and The Derby on the 7th staying in the hotel on a DB&B basis. Having played The Brab before and considering the recent rain I wasn't expecting too much but for the first week in March, the condition was superb with the greens (when i got there) in fantastic condition. The Brabazon really is a monster and tested us all but we thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a great meal in the evening and the breakfast next morning was also excellent. Played The Derby in glorious sunshine and whilst short it was great fun, interesting to play and a perfect antidote to the rigours of the previous day. The only drawback of the whole two days was the slow play on The Derby; 5 hours to play 6000yds was ridiculous and no marshall to chivvy people up. There were four groups of oldies and the lead group had no-one in front but continued to putt for 7's and 8's all the way round and really needed someone to give them a rocket. However, all in all for £134 each all in it was terrific value for money and highly recommended

Posted by Kevin Peters on 09/03/2011
4
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 4
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service4
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service4
  • Value for money5

Our group played the PGA national course on the 29th March and I have to say it was a really nice course and well worth a visit.
It is, in my opinion, no where near as good as The Brabazon, but had several interesting holes. I thought the back 9 were the best of the holes with the 12th probably being my favourite. I also liked the 2nd and 4th holes too.
All the greens were in good condition for the time of year but the fairways were very wet. To be fair though the course had taken A LOT of rain in the few days before we arrived, but when we played The Brabazon the following day the fairways were very dry in comparison. Again the greens were good but not in the same leauge as its big brother! Obviously the money for green fee's goes mainly into The Brabazon!
I wouldnt rush back to play the PGA but I can imagine it been very scenic in the summer and if the hotel put the same sort of deal we got on again in the summer months I would defo do it all again.
Overall rating 7/10

Posted by Glenn Angus on 01/04/2010
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Value for money5

A group of eight lads took up the amazing deal of £99 to play both the PGA national and also The Brabazon with one nights B&B on the 29th and 30th March 2010.
We played The Brabazon on the 30th and I have to say how anyone on here can give it a less than average review is beyond me! I thought it was one of the greatest courses I have ever played and the whole set up of the golf facilties is first class.
We checked in at the startes hut 10 mins before we were due to tee off and the starter was friendly and very helpful. He gave us our scorecards and pencils and tee pegs and was happy to take a photo of our group on the 1t tee box. All the staff were courteous and helpful which only added to the mini break.
The Brabazon itself starts with a generous opening hole. Hit the fairway and you have a chance of making par or better. The greens were absoloutly tremendous for the time of year and were probably the best (and hardest) greens ive ever had the pleasure to putt on. All of them were very true and consistant.
I thought all the holes were memorable with my favourites probably been the 1st, 3rd, 6th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 17th and 18th. The 18th is possibly one of the hardest holes ive ever played, especially as there was a stiff breeze blowing right in our faces. I took the safe option and laid up to the edge of the fairway before hitting a rescue wood into the undulating green, before walking off with a very satisfactory bogey 5!
My only small gripe would be the course marshall who stopped us after the 2nd hole to say we were almost 10 mins behind the group ahead (which was a 3 ball and they were already clear of the 1st green before we even teed off)! I thought this put us under a little bit of unnecessary pressure, especially as we had a 24 handicap player in our group!
I have to admit the course kicked me all over and I didnt play as well as I can but it didnt stop me and all of our group having a fantastic time. I would do the near on 700 mile round trip tomorrow to play both courses again, especially The Brabazon. I loved every minute of it!
overall rating 9.5/10

Posted by Glenn Angus on 01/04/2010
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Value for money5

I played the PGA National Course and The Brabazon on Mon 29th and Tues 30th March as part of a party of 8. We each paid £99 for bed and breakfast, and the two rounds and I have to say it was worth every penny and more.
The hotel and golf staff were very friendly from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. We played the PGA National on the Monday, which is a nice little course, quite open and some interesting holes on it. The 4th in particular is a tricky hole. Considering the rain the course had suffered over the preceding weeks, the course was in really good condition, and the greens were a pleasure to putt on. It was a case of pick your line and in it goes. Give it another few years and this will be up there with the best.
Now to the Brabazon, what a course! This course is truly sensational. The history, the design, the degree to which it is looked after is a credit to The Belfry. Each hole is different, with strategically placed bunkers and trees, punishing any shot which is slightly misjudged. Again, the greens were brilliant, very very quick and true, yet receptive due to the rain. The course appeared to be well drained especially considering the recent conditions. I'm a 15 handicapper and was delighted to get 4 pars, although as previously mentioned, I got punished with some wayward shots! Walking down the 10th and 18th holes filled me with pride and, especially on the 18th, you can't help but think who's footsteps you are following in.
Only negative point would be the marshall expecting a 4 ball to keep up with a 3 ball who had marched on in front of us. But this couldn't spoil our round.
All in all, a fantastic venue. And I cannot wait to return, sooner rather than later. Can't believe there are negative comments about this place in peoples reports, if there are 'average holes' on the Belfry, I'd like to know where they play that is better, because it must be some course. £99, has to be bargain of the century. If you get the chance to play, don't turn it down, you will regret it.

Posted by Chris Chambers on 31/03/2010
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Value for money5

All the positives: On arrival and check in at the hotel the staff are very courteous, efficient and very friendly. The room was comfortable and the facilities available to all staying guests were excellent. The pro shop was very large, well stocked with all the different famous brands but the let down was they were over priced. Probably because of the name of the venue. We played The Derby and The PGA over the two days and the staff at the desk were courteous and helpful and supplied us with all information that we required. Considering the time of the year when majority of golf courses up and down the country were closed due to bad winter we were expecting that there'll be winter teeboxes, winter greens etc. and to our great surprise both courses were in excellent conditions especially the greens (lightning fast)and we were playing off normal tees.
The minor negatives: No wow factor on both courses. It seem to me the courses were built in arable land and very little degree of challenge despite all the water hazards and countless bunkers here and there. In comparison to the Celtic Manor courses The Belfry which is a world reknowned golf course it comes second as we have now played both venues.

Posted by Kristina Sublay on 21/02/2010
3
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 3
  • Overall Ratings
  • Clubhouse4
  • Course challenge2
  • Value for money3

Played the Brabazon in November at a reasonable green fee of £70. The course was in very good condition for the time of year and the greens were fantastic, although a little inconsistent speed-wise. Some very memorable holes (3, 6, 9, 10 & 18) but also some run of the mill holes that are wide open.
This was my first visit to the Belfry and found the place a little underwhelming considering the Ryder Cup history. A big sprawling hotel and conference centre which the golf club gets swallowed up in. The golf staff were great (golf reception, golf shop, starter & halfway house), but in the bar the staff were less polite and courteous.
The daily shotgun start was a great idea meaning no hold ups.
Overall a bit disappointed - didn't live up to expectations and it didn't have a great aura - although some fantastic golf holes.

Posted by Pel Lay on 25/11/2009
4
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 4
  • Overall Ratings
  • Clubhouse4
  • Course challenge4
  • Value for money3

Played the Ryder cup course as I wanted to feel the history of the place and to imagine how the pros felt teeing off. I shouldnt have bothered sure the course is nicely manicured but it is massively overated apart from the 9th and 18th nothing was memorable.The staff are snooty and ignorent and dont deserve your money. Before anyone asks I am a 2 handicapper and went round in 75 (73) pay your money elsewhere,

Posted by Tom Diver on 07/10/2009
3
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 3
  • Overall Ratings
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge3
  • Value for money1

we played a fourball on 25/09/2009 on the PGA national, its the first time any of us had played the course but certainly not the last. Its an absolutely fantastic set up clubhouse, driving range, the course all what you would expect from the Belfry even down to the course planner probably the best I've seen. Nothing was too much trouble from the staff and the course condition was superb. The prices are steep but surely this is no surprise for such a venue! Carlsberg dont do golf days but if they did?

Posted by Nick Bailey on 27/09/2009
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Value for money4

Nice to see that The Belfry Staff know how to use this site as well! we all know what you're trying to do - the place is awful - do not believe these reports - go elsewhere.

Posted by George Reynolds on 22/09/2009
1
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 1
  • Overall Ratings
  • Clubhouse1
  • Course challenge1
  • Value for money1

Our six-man group played the PGA National and Brabazon on 19/20 April on a Sunday/Monday deal for £169.
A few of us were returning after a 2 year gap. Whilst the beautifully unseasonal weather enhanced the experience, The Belfry provided a fantastic couple of days golf.
Whilst earlier comments mention the expensive drinks and food, this is a Four Star Hotel complex. If you come here with your eyes open to this fact then it is something that is expected of a venue of this stature. Not nice, but not a surprise either.
The staff both of the hotel and the golfing side were exceptional without exception. We were treated as special - which unfortunately isn't always the case nowadays in the service sector. This was the icing on the cake for our group for the couple of days.
There are ample practise facilities at the PGA Academy, although we didn't find the short game area (the one we found was for the Academy's use only). The large putting green in front of the clubhouse overlooking the famous ninth and eighteenth holes was just a taster of the speed of the greens on the courses.
The PGA National is a pleasant enough "little sister" to its bigger and more revered brother. The challenges are all too evident and for a Par 70, the SSS at 71 (off the yellows) ensures it isn't a pushover. I would recommend getting a yardage chart as not only are there the odd hidden pond or stream, but the only criticism I found of the complex as a whole, was the lack of markers to the next tee. On more than one occasion it took a bit of trekking before we found where we should be going.
The following day we played The Brabazon and it was an eminently enjoyable round. The golf from all our party didn't match the quality of the course, however this is a significant test for mid-handicap golfers of our ilk.
The greens are slick and quite undulating. You should never get yourself above the hole as stopping the ball requires the silkiest of touch and skill. The rough is also penalising. Not long but thick so it is quite easy to find your ball but not to get it near the green. Along with the multitude of bunkers, this needs a competent game and a well thought out stategy for players of my standard to score well.
Nevertheless it ticks nearly all the boxes for an excellent golfing weekend and we will be returning again.

Posted by Martin Eady on 21/04/2009
4
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 4
  • Overall Ratings
  • Clubhouse4
  • Course challenge5
  • Value for money4

1st class as you would probably expect.
I organised a society day for 20 on the PGA course. All the staff were pleaseant & helpful, Nothing was too much. The course was in great condition & the greens quite quick. It was a lovely spring day.
The course had plenty of challenges & I struggled on the front 9, but improved greatly on the back 9. I was punished for being a little overconfident taking those tempting tiger lines. They were just too tempting. There can be trouble if like me you go off the fairway. Sometimes needed alot of luck to find my ball. That should teach me.
a great day out, excellent staff & some good golf.
Will definatley make a return visit.

Posted by Kevin Shail on 23/03/2009
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Value for money5

Played the Brabazon course 30th June 2007. Was treated extremley well by all the staff. Our point of contact was exceptional, he made sure we had everything to hand ( course planner,scorecard, tee's,pencils and range tokens )we knew what times we tee'd off and when dinner was to be served. We didnt even need to bring towels for the shower afterwards as they were provided. On the whole our 24 man society were each treated like royalty and thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the home of the Ryder Cup. Not everyone gets to experience The Belfry. We enjoyed the day so much we are playing The Brabazon again on the 1st november 2008.
p.s we have also played the Derby twice and the PGA once, and on all occasions been treated VERY well by all staff

Posted by Gary Barwell on 30/10/2008
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Value for money5

Ditto the previous chap - wish i had listened! What an absolute waste of Money - do not bother - you are not wanted - they take your money - and its goodbye from there on. Non existant customer services - rude staff - overpriced & over played - £5 for magners £6 gin & tonic - whoever the new owners are - they know how to scare off customers - i wonder if Gerald Ratner is on the board! will not be going back - EVEN IF IT WAS FREE.

Posted by Les Potter on 20/03/2008
1
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 1
  • Overall Ratings
  • Clubhouse1
  • Course challenge1
  • Value for money1

Do not bother - this year was the worst ever - we have visited The Belfry for the last 10 years - and while you can put up with the regular inflation busting beer price rises (nearly £4 a pint & £5 for cider!) as its a "special" place to play oh how wrong we were - this year they spiked the greens the day before a 40 man society! and when we complained we were told on no uncertain terms - no refund - and when we threatened them that our very large society would not come back - we were told in a very glib manner - it doesnt really matter, becase the name itself is enough for a full order book each year. AND THEY WERE STILL CHARGING £140 FOR PEOPLE TO PLAY WITHOUT TELLING THEM ABOUT THE GREENS! You are just a number here - New owners - The Quinn Group - Nightclub so expensive that no locals go anymore - therefore you get to share your evening in a club with 3 stag parties and 4 golf societies! this place is dead. We are taking our "not important" golf society elsewhere next year - and i will let you all know if we find somewhere better - frankly - that wont be hard.
in short
Rude abrupt staff
Over priced
Non existant customer services
DO NOT BOTHER
BUYER BEWARE!

Posted by David Neville on 14/12/2007
1
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 1
  • Overall Ratings
  • Clubhouse1
  • Course challenge1
  • Value for money1

Played the pga course on 04/11/07.
well what a course.
we had a deal £30 pp for our society including bacon cobs and coffee and 18 holes golf.
the course has some of the biggest and deepest bunkers i have ever been in.
the sand was top notch and very playable.
top fairways and amazing greens as you would expect from a venue this standard.
the pga is not the easiest of tracks to play, although the fairways are wide ,there are a lot of long 2nd/3rd shots over hazards the higher handicapper might struggle with.
i play off a 10 and had only 3 holes that i took less than a 6 iron for my approach shot!!!
well worth paying the full green fee for.
course marshal's come round regularly to see if all is ok and too hurry slow players.
a drinks/food buggy came round mid course too though not cheep.
off course its what you would expect from a ryder cup/European tour venue, high class all over and very,very expensive.
It cost a little under £15 for a bottle of cider and a burger, it was £3.80 for a pint of stella alone.
over all, the pga is a great venue top play with loads of prestige ( not as much as the brabazon course mind )and a real challenging golf course, not for the faint hearted or the financially challenged.

Posted by john greenwell on 06/11/2007
4
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 4
  • Overall Ratings
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Value for money3

Played the Brabazon and the PGA course using the Sunday driver package 17/18 June. Had a fantastic time amongst friends. The couses were in fantastic condition taking account the amount of rain that we had. Not surprisingly we had surface water on some holes and the courses played long due to the wet fairways. The general consensus of opinion was that that the PGA course was more challenging than the more famous counterpart. The only downside to the fantastic break was that Father's Day was on the Sunday, which didn't go down too well with the family/kids (but what a great father's day present, thanks kids)
PS Bar prices a bit extortianate, pint of Magners £5.90

Posted by Mario Ditri on 28/06/2007
4
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 4
  • Overall Ratings
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Value for money4

Green Fees

The Brabazon

Green fees from £70

PGA National

Green fees from £40

The Derby

Green fees from £25

Facilities

This venue has not entered its facilities yet.

Do you own this venue? Contact Us to complete this information.

10 reviews of The Brabazon course

Had a very nice golf break here with yourgolftravel.com playing and staying at the hotel. Had read about the refurbishment and have to say the hotel was very impressive.

The golf is very enjoyable here, we played all 3 courses in a 2 night stay starting with the shortest and easiest, Derby Course. We're all mid handicappers so this was perfect for us as it got us in the swing of things and ready for the next two rounds which got progressively harder. Quite a bit of space off the tee here and we all scored our most stableford points on the Derby. PGA National was the second of our rounds, it felt a lot more challenging than the Derby with more length required off the tee and some challenging second (and third) shots.

Our final round was at The Brabazon which is a really special experience and something I would recommend to any golfer. The course was in fantastic condition considering the rain we've had of late with the green running fast and everything looking tip top. Some very memorable holes and a great one to tick off the list of Top 100 golf courses I've played.

Staff and service was great. We ate in the hotel both nights which was very nice.

My scores below for anyone who is interested!

Derby - 37 stableford points
PGA National - 34 stableford points
The Brabazon - 29 stableford points (including a birdie on 10!)

Posted by Peter G on 07/01/2016
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money4

Recently stayed here and have to say it was an excellent experience. The hotel has been recently refurbished and was MUCH better than previous stays here. The rooms are spacious and modern and better than the hotels 4 star rating in my opinion.

We played the Brabazon and PGA National Courses, both were in top notch condition with the Brabazon in particular an excellent test. Given the number of golfers who play here each year I think this is a remarkable feat.

Whilst I lost balls in the water on both 10 and 18, the entire break was superb and we look forward to returning in the not too distant future.

Only slight negative was the price of a pint which was a little higher than I was expecting but guess it is to be expected in this day and age.

Posted by Derek on 11/06/2014
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5

Just back from a great golf break with yourgolftravel.com

We played the Brabazon and PGA National Courses and were very impressed by the condition and layout of the courses. Whilst the Brabazon is the one you remember from TV and the tournaments the PGA is a good warm up. Hotel is nice although isn't as good as the Celtic Manor (where we went last year).

Would give it 10 out of 10 just because I made a birdie on the 10th hole (didn't drive the green but got it close!)

Posted by Ian Wales on 28/06/2013
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5

It is what it is; a Ryder Cup venue rather than a world class golf course. It is, in a somewhat Americana way, a very good course of it's time. It isn't however a classic which people will be raving about fifty years from now.

If you want to go for the history, fine. Just try not to be too disappointed with the golf. Set your expectations fairly low and you will no doubt have a pleasurable time. As I said, it's goof rather than great.

As for the Derbe and the PGA National, keep your wallet in your pocket.

Posted by Nathan Reading on 08/05/2013
3
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 3
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1

I was intrigued to play on a course on which the Ryder Cup has been held. I appreciate that it differs in as much as we played it at the end of winter and off forward tees but it is nonetheless the same course and layout.

Unfortunately the course was very wet, so much so that we were told that we could play within one club length of where the ball came to rest irrespective of whether we were on the fairway or in the rough. This was a sensible decision from the powers that be, in order to promote something like a sensible pace of play.

It wouldn't be truthful to say that the conditions didn't diminish my enjoyment at all but not enough that I wasn't genuinely happy to have had the opportunity to play on this world famous course.

There are a number of excellent holes where the hazards and layout of the greens provides a really good test of one's abilities in all departments of the game. The course is not particularly pretty but if you love golf then you'll be giving the layout your full attention.

There are a number of greens with multiple tiers. If you find the wrong tier then you'll be doing very well to two putt. There are also a lot of well placed bunkers and water hazards. Very few of those hazards could be described as cosmetic or aesthetic on the Brabazon course.

As for the hotel it's perfectly reasonable but nothing to get excited about. I certainly wouldn't describe it as high end but given the package we got it was good value. What is expensive is the bar prices but like all businesses they have to make their money somewhere so bear it in mind if you pick up an all inclusive deal that seems to be particularly good value.

As for the Derby course. Well that might be a case of the less said the better. I have played golf in a lot of fields with a few holes dug in them and sand added. It was reminiscent of all such experiences. I certainly wouldn't have missed playing that particular track. That said, if I had to play it again in order to get a chance to play the Brabazon on a warm, dry summer's day then I'd do it again.

Posted by Grant Connell on 26/03/2013
4
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 4
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse4
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service4
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse4
  • Course challenge2
  • Staff service4
  • Value for money3
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse4
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service4
  • Value for money4

The Brabazon is a must play. The Ryder Cup history alone demands it.
I first played it 2010 and managed to birdie the 10th (Seve's hole).
In what sport can a rubbish player like me do the equivalent ? I will never score a goal at Wembley or a try at Twickenham.
Forget the cost of coffee and drinks (you are on a treat) Soak up the surroundings and enjoy it.
Playing again this Saturday 6th Oct and even if I don't play well I will enjoy the day.

Posted by Richard Clist on 02/10/2012
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5

The Belfy is an excellent course BUT I believe like St Andrews, it's trumped up to be more than what it actually is. There are a couple of great holes but it's not one of the best I've played. Plus having to pay £160 for a standard green fee is ridiculously expensive. Also, I've never had to pay a fiver for a cup of coffee even in a top London hotel. Enjoyed the stay overall but not what it's purported to be.

Posted by Phil Snelman on 29/08/2012
3
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 3
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse4
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse4
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1

So there I was, striding down the fairways made so famous by the Ryder Cup. Feeling confident of repeating the likes of Ballesteros, O'Connor or at worst just jumping in the lake like McGinley, I travelled to the Belfry with my friends on our annual golf breaks. The resort is very, very easy to find from the motorway. The hotel is fine although could do with an update but the golf courses were excellent, the Derby is quite short but enjoyable whilst the PGA is quite a tricky proposition when playing off the back tees.

The Brabazon was much better than I expected to be honest, the greens were very fast and the layout was very good. I attempted (and failed!) to recreate my golfing moments of days gone by - it looks like I'm not good enough to play professional golf after all!

Would recommend it to all.

Posted by Roger Mithers on 12/04/2012
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge2
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5

My golfing buddies and I recently played the Brabazon and the Derby while on a golf break at the Belfry and we have nothing but praise for the whole setup.

The Derby Course was a great warm up for the main attraction. A par 69 that eases you into you swing, this course is really enjoyable and the 5th hole will live long in my memory...somehow I managed to clear the big Oak in the middle of the fairway before holing out with my seven wood for the first eagle of my long and unsuccessful golf career!

The Brabazon was probably a bit too tough for my liking but that certainly didnt stop me from enjoying every minute of my round. Standing on the 10th tee and indeed the 18th fairway brings Ryder Cup memories flooding back and you get a special feeling when you're plying this course...I don't want to use this phrase but it really does have the X factor!

We booked our golf break with yourgolftravel.com and included in the deal was a night in the hotel with dinner and breakfast included. The Belfry Hotel was amazing and we couldn't figure out why it hasn't been awarded a fifth star...perhaps someone could enlighten us?!

All in all our weekend at the Beflry was superb value for money and something we will be looking to do again in the not too distant future.

Posted by Bob Fowler on 19/07/2011
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money5

Played The Brabazon on the 6th March and The Derby on the 7th staying in the hotel on a DB&B basis. Having played The Brab before and considering the recent rain I wasn't expecting too much but for the first week in March, the condition was superb with the greens (when i got there) in fantastic condition. The Brabazon really is a monster and tested us all but we thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a great meal in the evening and the breakfast next morning was also excellent. Played The Derby in glorious sunshine and whilst short it was great fun, interesting to play and a perfect antidote to the rigours of the previous day. The only drawback of the whole two days was the slow play on The Derby; 5 hours to play 6000yds was ridiculous and no marshall to chivvy people up. There were four groups of oldies and the lead group had no-one in front but continued to putt for 7's and 8's all the way round and really needed someone to give them a rocket. However, all in all for £134 each all in it was terrific value for money and highly recommended

Posted by Kevin Peters on 09/03/2011
4
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 4
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service4
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service4
  • Value for money5

Course information

Number of holes 18
Year opened 1977
Designer Dave Thomas & Peter Alliss
Style Parkland

Tee information

Competition

Yards 7160
Par 72
SSS 74

Mens

Yards 6391
Par 72
SSS 71

Ladies

Yards 5796
Par 73
SSS 73

Green Fees

Summer/High season

Weekday round£140
Weekend round£140
Weekday day-
Weekend day-

Winter/Low season

Weekday round£70
Weekend round£70
Weekday day-
Weekend day-

5 reviews of PGA National course

Had a very nice golf break here with yourgolftravel.com playing and staying at the hotel. Had read about the refurbishment and have to say the hotel was very impressive.

The golf is very enjoyable here, we played all 3 courses in a 2 night stay starting with the shortest and easiest, Derby Course. We're all mid handicappers so this was perfect for us as it got us in the swing of things and ready for the next two rounds which got progressively harder. Quite a bit of space off the tee here and we all scored our most stableford points on the Derby. PGA National was the second of our rounds, it felt a lot more challenging than the Derby with more length required off the tee and some challenging second (and third) shots.

Our final round was at The Brabazon which is a really special experience and something I would recommend to any golfer. The course was in fantastic condition considering the rain we've had of late with the green running fast and everything looking tip top. Some very memorable holes and a great one to tick off the list of Top 100 golf courses I've played.

Staff and service was great. We ate in the hotel both nights which was very nice.

My scores below for anyone who is interested!

Derby - 37 stableford points
PGA National - 34 stableford points
The Brabazon - 29 stableford points (including a birdie on 10!)

Posted by Peter G on 07/01/2016
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money4

Recently stayed here and have to say it was an excellent experience. The hotel has been recently refurbished and was MUCH better than previous stays here. The rooms are spacious and modern and better than the hotels 4 star rating in my opinion.

We played the Brabazon and PGA National Courses, both were in top notch condition with the Brabazon in particular an excellent test. Given the number of golfers who play here each year I think this is a remarkable feat.

Whilst I lost balls in the water on both 10 and 18, the entire break was superb and we look forward to returning in the not too distant future.

Only slight negative was the price of a pint which was a little higher than I was expecting but guess it is to be expected in this day and age.

Posted by Derek on 11/06/2014
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5

Just back from a great golf break with yourgolftravel.com

We played the Brabazon and PGA National Courses and were very impressed by the condition and layout of the courses. Whilst the Brabazon is the one you remember from TV and the tournaments the PGA is a good warm up. Hotel is nice although isn't as good as the Celtic Manor (where we went last year).

Would give it 10 out of 10 just because I made a birdie on the 10th hole (didn't drive the green but got it close!)

Posted by Ian Wales on 28/06/2013
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5

It is what it is; a Ryder Cup venue rather than a world class golf course. It is, in a somewhat Americana way, a very good course of it's time. It isn't however a classic which people will be raving about fifty years from now.

If you want to go for the history, fine. Just try not to be too disappointed with the golf. Set your expectations fairly low and you will no doubt have a pleasurable time. As I said, it's goof rather than great.

As for the Derbe and the PGA National, keep your wallet in your pocket.

Posted by Nathan Reading on 08/05/2013
3
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 3
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1

So there I was, striding down the fairways made so famous by the Ryder Cup. Feeling confident of repeating the likes of Ballesteros, O'Connor or at worst just jumping in the lake like McGinley, I travelled to the Belfry with my friends on our annual golf breaks. The resort is very, very easy to find from the motorway. The hotel is fine although could do with an update but the golf courses were excellent, the Derby is quite short but enjoyable whilst the PGA is quite a tricky proposition when playing off the back tees.

The Brabazon was much better than I expected to be honest, the greens were very fast and the layout was very good. I attempted (and failed!) to recreate my golfing moments of days gone by - it looks like I'm not good enough to play professional golf after all!

Would recommend it to all.

Posted by Roger Mithers on 12/04/2012
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge2
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5

Course information

Number of holes 18
Year opened 1977
Designer Dave Thomas & Peter Alliss
Style Parkland

Tee information

Competition

Yards 7053
Par 72
SSS 74

Mens

Yards 6153
Par 70
SSS 71

Ladies

Yards 5735
Par 73
SSS 74

Green Fees

Summer/High season

Weekday round£70
Weekend round£70
Weekday day-
Weekend day-

Winter/Low season

Weekday round£40
Weekend round£40
Weekday day-
Weekend day-

6 reviews of The Derby course

Had a very nice golf break here with yourgolftravel.com playing and staying at the hotel. Had read about the refurbishment and have to say the hotel was very impressive.

The golf is very enjoyable here, we played all 3 courses in a 2 night stay starting with the shortest and easiest, Derby Course. We're all mid handicappers so this was perfect for us as it got us in the swing of things and ready for the next two rounds which got progressively harder. Quite a bit of space off the tee here and we all scored our most stableford points on the Derby. PGA National was the second of our rounds, it felt a lot more challenging than the Derby with more length required off the tee and some challenging second (and third) shots.

Our final round was at The Brabazon which is a really special experience and something I would recommend to any golfer. The course was in fantastic condition considering the rain we've had of late with the green running fast and everything looking tip top. Some very memorable holes and a great one to tick off the list of Top 100 golf courses I've played.

Staff and service was great. We ate in the hotel both nights which was very nice.

My scores below for anyone who is interested!

Derby - 37 stableford points
PGA National - 34 stableford points
The Brabazon - 29 stableford points (including a birdie on 10!)

Posted by Peter G on 07/01/2016
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money4

It is what it is; a Ryder Cup venue rather than a world class golf course. It is, in a somewhat Americana way, a very good course of it's time. It isn't however a classic which people will be raving about fifty years from now.

If you want to go for the history, fine. Just try not to be too disappointed with the golf. Set your expectations fairly low and you will no doubt have a pleasurable time. As I said, it's goof rather than great.

As for the Derbe and the PGA National, keep your wallet in your pocket.

Posted by Nathan Reading on 08/05/2013
3
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 3
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money1

I was intrigued to play on a course on which the Ryder Cup has been held. I appreciate that it differs in as much as we played it at the end of winter and off forward tees but it is nonetheless the same course and layout.

Unfortunately the course was very wet, so much so that we were told that we could play within one club length of where the ball came to rest irrespective of whether we were on the fairway or in the rough. This was a sensible decision from the powers that be, in order to promote something like a sensible pace of play.

It wouldn't be truthful to say that the conditions didn't diminish my enjoyment at all but not enough that I wasn't genuinely happy to have had the opportunity to play on this world famous course.

There are a number of excellent holes where the hazards and layout of the greens provides a really good test of one's abilities in all departments of the game. The course is not particularly pretty but if you love golf then you'll be giving the layout your full attention.

There are a number of greens with multiple tiers. If you find the wrong tier then you'll be doing very well to two putt. There are also a lot of well placed bunkers and water hazards. Very few of those hazards could be described as cosmetic or aesthetic on the Brabazon course.

As for the hotel it's perfectly reasonable but nothing to get excited about. I certainly wouldn't describe it as high end but given the package we got it was good value. What is expensive is the bar prices but like all businesses they have to make their money somewhere so bear it in mind if you pick up an all inclusive deal that seems to be particularly good value.

As for the Derby course. Well that might be a case of the less said the better. I have played golf in a lot of fields with a few holes dug in them and sand added. It was reminiscent of all such experiences. I certainly wouldn't have missed playing that particular track. That said, if I had to play it again in order to get a chance to play the Brabazon on a warm, dry summer's day then I'd do it again.

Posted by Grant Connell on 26/03/2013
4
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 4
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse4
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service4
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse4
  • Course challenge2
  • Staff service4
  • Value for money3
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse4
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service4
  • Value for money4

So there I was, striding down the fairways made so famous by the Ryder Cup. Feeling confident of repeating the likes of Ballesteros, O'Connor or at worst just jumping in the lake like McGinley, I travelled to the Belfry with my friends on our annual golf breaks. The resort is very, very easy to find from the motorway. The hotel is fine although could do with an update but the golf courses were excellent, the Derby is quite short but enjoyable whilst the PGA is quite a tricky proposition when playing off the back tees.

The Brabazon was much better than I expected to be honest, the greens were very fast and the layout was very good. I attempted (and failed!) to recreate my golfing moments of days gone by - it looks like I'm not good enough to play professional golf after all!

Would recommend it to all.

Posted by Roger Mithers on 12/04/2012
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge2
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service5
  • Value for money5

My golfing buddies and I recently played the Brabazon and the Derby while on a golf break at the Belfry and we have nothing but praise for the whole setup.

The Derby Course was a great warm up for the main attraction. A par 69 that eases you into you swing, this course is really enjoyable and the 5th hole will live long in my memory...somehow I managed to clear the big Oak in the middle of the fairway before holing out with my seven wood for the first eagle of my long and unsuccessful golf career!

The Brabazon was probably a bit too tough for my liking but that certainly didnt stop me from enjoying every minute of my round. Standing on the 10th tee and indeed the 18th fairway brings Ryder Cup memories flooding back and you get a special feeling when you're plying this course...I don't want to use this phrase but it really does have the X factor!

We booked our golf break with yourgolftravel.com and included in the deal was a night in the hotel with dinner and breakfast included. The Belfry Hotel was amazing and we couldn't figure out why it hasn't been awarded a fifth star...perhaps someone could enlighten us?!

All in all our weekend at the Beflry was superb value for money and something we will be looking to do again in the not too distant future.

Posted by Bob Fowler on 19/07/2011
5
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 5
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse5
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money5

Played The Brabazon on the 6th March and The Derby on the 7th staying in the hotel on a DB&B basis. Having played The Brab before and considering the recent rain I wasn't expecting too much but for the first week in March, the condition was superb with the greens (when i got there) in fantastic condition. The Brabazon really is a monster and tested us all but we thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a great meal in the evening and the breakfast next morning was also excellent. Played The Derby in glorious sunshine and whilst short it was great fun, interesting to play and a perfect antidote to the rigours of the previous day. The only drawback of the whole two days was the slow play on The Derby; 5 hours to play 6000yds was ridiculous and no marshall to chivvy people up. There were four groups of oldies and the lead group had no-one in front but continued to putt for 7's and 8's all the way round and really needed someone to give them a rocket. However, all in all for £134 each all in it was terrific value for money and highly recommended

Posted by Kevin Peters on 09/03/2011
4
Show all ratings
Overall Rating 4
  • Overall Ratings
  • The Brabazon
  • PGA National
  • The Derby
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service4
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions5
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge5
  • Staff service4
  • Value for money5

Course information

Number of holes 18
Year opened 1977
Designer Dave Thomas & Peter Alliss
Style Parkland

Tee information

Competition

Yards 6057
Par 69
SSS 69

Mens

Yards 6057
Par 69
SSS 69

Ladies

Yards 5573
Par 71
SSS 71

Green Fees

Summer/High season

Weekday round£40
Weekend round£40
Weekday day-
Weekend day-

Winter/Low season

Weekday round£25
Weekend round£25
Weekday day-
Weekend day-

Where is The Belfry?

Golf breaks at The Belfry Golf Club