The Brabazon Course
The Belfry is not just a Championship golf course and part of the world-class Belfry Golf resort but eighteen holes of fantastic history and memories of classic golf shots.
The Brabazon golf course needs little 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 lead 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 European’s 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 once again Tony Jacklin’s boys from Europe 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 real dose of payback from Tom Watson’s Team USA and defeated with little pity.
The last time that the Belfry was used for the Ryder cup was in 2002, and 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”.
For most, the most exciting hole on the golf course is the short Par 4 10th where you are presented the opportunity of copying 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 percent 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…
A Golf Resort Covered with History
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 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.