The landlocked county of Warwickshire is situated in the West Midlands of England and it’s sometimes referred to as Shakespeare’s county, due to the Bard’s association with Stratford-upon-Avon. The county emblem is rather unusual, dating back to the 14th century, and it depicts a muzzled and chained bear standing on its hind legs as it supports a ragged staff.
The Warwickshire Union of Golf Clubs was formed in 1906 so it’s been looking after the interests of golfers in the region for over a century. There are currently 51 clubs affiliated to the Union which itself is one of ten Unions in membership of the Midland Golf Union. The Warwickshire team has a good record in Midland Qualifying for the EGU County Championships, winning 18 of the 57 annual tournaments that have taken place since 1955.
Warwickshire Ladies’ County Golf Association was established in 1900, with eight clubs represented on the inaugural committee. The following year, there were fifteen regions participating in county golf throughout England and Wales and Warwickshire ladies played matches against Gloucestershire, Kent, Lincolnshire, Middlesex, Surrey and Yorkshire. Nowadays, there are 24 clubs within the county affiliated to the association.
The 18 holes that stand head and shoulders above all others in the county are the Brabazon at The Belfry, scene of four Ryder Cup matches between 1985 and 2002. Often ranked within the Top 100 courses in Great Britain & Ireland, the layout is one of three courses that are set out within the 550-acre grounds of a 324-bedroom hotel.
Our Warwickshire Best in County golf course rankings were updated in 2015. Click here to read the story.