Review for The Belfry (Brabazon)

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From the moment you drive into the Belfry you are reminded of it’s Ryder Cup history. In front of the first tee is a huge stone plaque commemorating the four time host and from that position in front of the hotel, you can see the approaches to the 9th, 18th and the 10th hole in all its glory. Prior to starting, we were reminded about some of the great shots and moments from Ryder Cup history by the excellent starter.

As we stood on the first tee, we looked down a gentle opening hole and immediately the conditioning looked amazing - immaculate fairways, thick lush rough contouring punishing green he wayward shots. The greens somewhat let the course down, but with the European Tour visiting in a couple of weeks, the grass was growing to protect the greens ahead of this event, which was understandable if not frustrating.

Unfortunately, that is the best things about the course. Outside of a few holes, the course meanders back and forth on uninspiring land and really does feel like it’s set up for a matchplay event - a lot of holes offering massive risk for the rewards on offer, not only forcing a lot of lay-ups on par 4s, but also slowing the pace of play down immensely (3hour front 9 anyone?). Thankfully the Marshalls did their job and the back 9 was completed in a much more palatable 2hr 15.

To experience the Brabazon is one thing and there are some outstanding holes, however the eye-watering £175 green fee pays for the history of the course and not the quality of golf.

If you want to walk the footsteps of Seve, play a course steeped in history it’s well worth a visit, but don’t be surprised if you walk away feeling slightly stung by the price

Date: April 18, 2022

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