17th Jun, 2022 by The Caddie
The Belfry – Just how good is it?
We were lucky to recently visit, stay and play at The Belfry and if we could sum it up in one word…exquisite.
Now we know when we say the name “The Belfry”, we all think of Sam Torrance holing that putt in 1985 to win The Ryder cup; the 15ft right to left swinger on the 18th green – a thing of beauty, especially under the circumstances…but, anyway, back to the review.
We played both the Brabazon and The Derby golf courses, which made for a thoroughly enjoyable day on the green. A challenging but fair test in terms of layout with its tree-lined set-up and swirling wind – certainly a course worth thinking about the shot, that extra second or so can be very beneficial.
It’s not surprising that the venue has welcomed 4 Ryder cups over the years. The courses are in immaculate conditions – we’ve never three-putted so many times in our life! (that’s just standard from us, don’t worry) Flat tee boxes, fast fairways, and greens – the perfect trio for any golf course.
The Brabazon has been host to four Ryder Cups, and countless European Tour and national events over its golfing lifetime, so it’s no stranger to being on the big stage, which is why it’s always in perfect condition. Our key stand-out holes were (as expected) the famous 10th hole. We instantly started thinking about how Seve played that towering tee shot off the trees and onto the green. It’s safe to say we all failed and went for the tactical route with an iron off the tee instead. The water surrounding the green is, unsurprisingly, more intimidating than you think – you need to hit it comfortably over the pin to feed it back to get close to avoid the shot penalty by chunking it into the water, which so many of us do.
The last four are card wreckers if not played accurately. We strongly recommend not to chase the shot and swing it easy, especially if it’s breezy (remember the saying!). You soak up the history in these holes, remembering the greats who have strolled down the fairways to win the tournament, the match, the Ryder Cup, it’s a fantastic course and urge you play it one day.
The Derby course was conquered on our second day. Designed by the voice of golf, Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas, again, it’s no surprise how good the course is in the grand scheme of things. Often classed as the younger sibling to the PGA and Brabazon, it still lives up to the standard required at The Belfry golf resort and one you should definitely play.
Off the course, the hotel is just the perfect place to be post-round. Three restaurants are available for you to choose from: The Ryder Grill, Sam’s Club House and the Brabazon Bar are all there to curb your post-round hunger or thirst. The Brabazon bar also hosts cocktail-making masterclasses, gin masterclasses and wine tasting sessions – I mean, what’s not to love?!
It’s one of those venues where you don’t need to venture out to enjoy yourself, it has everything you need. Restaurants, bars, golf, spa and a gym, are all there for you to use, ensuring all guests can enjoy a relaxing stay no matter the occasion.
So to answer our own question “How good is the Belfry?” – fantastic, more than good and definitely worth the visit.
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