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The Brabazon Course at the Belfry

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Par: 72
Type: Championship

The Brabazon Golf Course

The Belfry is not just a Championship golf course and part of the world-class Belfry Golf resort but eighteen holes of great history and memories of classic golf shots. 

Which Golf Course to Play at the Belfry?

An easy question to answer - it has to be the Brabazon.

Firstly, a bit of background and history of the course...

Belfry itself owes much to the vision of Colin Snape. In the 1970's Snape was head of the PGA, which was in real financial troubles and was presented with the idea of a new PGA HQ by Peter Alliss over a cold beer. The Brabazon course was then opened for play with a televised exhibition match between the great Seve Ballesteros and Johnny Miller and started an illustrious affection for one of the U.K's favourite golf courses. 

The Belfry has gone from strength to strength and is see's thousands of golfers each year tee up on the Brabazon. 

Signature Hole at the Brabazon Course

Belfry Brabazon Golf Course

We have played the course and agree with most people that the most exciting hole on the golf course is the short Par 4 10th, where you have presented the opportunity of copying the heroics of Seve Ballesteros and taking on the narrow green with a high fade golf shot. The sensible play is a neatly struck iron straight down the middle set up a natural second pitch. However, I would bet that 90 per cent of golfers playing the Brabazon can not resist teeing it up and having a go for the green.

After all, that is what the fans have paid to see... 

The Ryder Cup at the Belfry

The Brabazon golf course needs no introduction. Home to four Ryder Cups, more than any other golf course on the planet. The Brabazon has seen plenty of drama and action. The course first hosted the famous Competition named after Samuel Ryder In 1985, where the European team led by Tony Jacklin won the Competition by a score of 16½ to 11½. This was Team Europe's first victory since 1957, and the 22-foot putt made by Sam Torrence marked the start of a new era and a newfound confidence that allowed the Europeans who travelled across the pond in 1987 the edge on the Americans and also claimed victory on Team USA's home soil.

The Competition then returned to the Brabazon course in 1989 and marked the first time the Competition was televised in the States from a European Venue. The 1987 competition was a close affair that finished with a tie, meaning that Tony Jacklin's boys from Europe once again retained the trophy. 

Payback from Team USA

The Ryder Cup returned to Wishaw in 1993, and Berhard Gallagher's team that included legends like Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer and Seve Ballesteros was given a total dose of payback from Tom Watson's Team USA and defeated with little pity.  

The last time Belfry was used for the Ryder cup was in 2002. Then, the Europeans gave the Americans real drumming, sparking comments from then Prime Minister Tony Blair in his speech at the following week's Labour Party conference "What about the Ryder Cup, eh? Britain in Europe at its best. Me and George Bush on opposite sides".

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