Belfry (PGA National) - Warwickshire - England

The Belfry,
Wishaw,
North Warwickshire,
B76 9PR,
England


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  • 11 miles from Birmingham City centre.

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The Belfry needs little introduction: after all, the Brabazon course has played host to more Ryder Cups than any other. So it's not surprising that when they decided to build a third course to complement the Brabazon and Derby, it would come under serious scrutiny.

Opening for play in 1997, the Dave Thomas-designed PGA National course was the first course in Europe to carry PGA branding. It's a stern, challenging course, which has been built along distinct American lines. With four newly constructed lakes and extensive mounding providing separation between the fairways, the PGA National has clearly been built as a tournament course, with spectators in mind. Despite the fact that the course has been constructed on open farmland, there are a number of interesting elevation changes.

From the "James Braid" blue tees, the course stretches out to 7,053 yards, but from the "Harry Vardon" yellows, the layout becomes a manageable 6,153 yards. The key to scoring well is very much about avoiding the hazards. Water comes into play on eight holes and the bunkering – especially around the greens – is well thought out.

The PGA National is maturing nicely and once the newly planted trees have grown up, the course will become tighter and more aesthetically pleasing.

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Description: The PGA National has a distinctly American feel...it's a tough tournament course, which sits nicely alongside the Brabazon golf course at the Belfry. Rating: 3.2 out of 6 Reviews: 18

The PGA National is the only PGA branded course in England and was built to represent more of an ‘inland links’ style appearance. It is set up to play hard and fast off the fairways, with quick undulating greens and is protected by some absolutely brutal and well-placed bunkers. You sense relatively quickly as you play away from the clubhouse and hotel that this is a very different course to the Brabazon – less established and more open to the environment – and yet the two courses complement each other well.

Similarly to the Brabazon, the front 9 on the PGA National has water featuring prominently on 3 of the first 4 holes, and whilst we played the course relatively aggressively (with not a huge amount of luck or wisdom for that matter), it is set up for you to really play strategic golf and not ‘YouTube golf’. A classic example of this is the 4th Hole – 360 yard par 4 - which has a lake that you need to fly over with your tee shot before then another lake beginning in front of the green. There is the smallest slither of fairway running alongside the second lake (easily reachable with driver off the tee as two of our fourball demonstrated; the other two of us lost our tee shots left in the scrub!) for the most accurate and confident of drivers, but clearly the play on this hole is a long iron / hybrid, followed by wedge / 9 iron in.

My only criticism of the PGA National course would be that once you get through the first 4 holes, there is very little to remember in terms of statement holes. For me there were only a couple that stood out: firstly the risk / reward par 4 14th hole that is a 90 degree dog leg right and with a good drive you can reach the green; and then finally the 18th hole which is a par 4 doing to the right, with a huge tree on the right side of the fairway pushing your tee shot left into two strategically placed bunkers. Aside from these two, the holes were challenging but a little non-descript.

4 / 6
Belfry (PGA National)
May 15, 2017


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Played the National as part of a charity shotgun start. The Belfry is a fantastic complex for an event such as this, with prestige, ample drinking, eating and conference facilities, and a good pro shop. The course was in decent condition, with lush fairways and greens, and none of the bunker problems described in other reviews. However, I didn't love the course and if anything found it far easier and less challenging than I had anticipated. Although I played it as my 6th hole, the first was actually my favourite hole, with an elevated tee shot into an interesting green surrounded by bunkers.
4 / 6
Belfry (PGA National)
July 12, 2015


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Played the PGA National yesterday in a fourball during a sunny, but cold November day. I agree with a lot of the comments that have been posted about this course. It is a course that thinks it is better than it actually is and touts itself as a great course because Belfry (PGA National) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerof the name. I did enjoy the course itself, it was well kept , the greens were fast, the tee boxes in reasonable condition and the fairways cut quite tight for this time of year. That said, as with this time of year, the winter schedule was in place and a lot of tees were moved forward and the fairways and greens randomly worked on which were either spiked, sanded or both which often made them inconsistent hole to hole. The bunkers were large and steeply banked (both greenside and fairway) which in my opinion was the only feature of this course. The rough was troublesome in places but was more of a 'look at me' statement than anything! If you took the bunkers out of it, this is a very ordinary parkland course. Is it worth £80 a round in the summertime? A resounding NO. Even £45/round in the winter is not value for money. Unfortunately they are using the name that hosts their more attactive appealling sibling to jack up the price.
3 / 6
Belfry (PGA National)
November 08, 2013


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"The National" is a very pretentious title for a truly forgetable golf course. In fairly decent condition, tees, greens and bunkers but most holes are very "samey" and barely memorable. An obvious attempt to create an inland links which has failed badly.
2 / 6
Belfry (PGA National)
October 16, 2012


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March 24 2012Just played this course again after 4 years with a group of about 20 of us and didn’t get off to a great start, our first Tee time was for 10:10am and everybody was delayed because of fog. Then we were informed just before 10am that a mini shotgun start was going to take place for 10:30am which meant being in the first group aside from rushing about we were told to start from the second tee (par 5) not a pleasant start and had to play the first hole when we finished the 18th. The course itself was in reasonable condition for the year all except the greenside bunkers which were atrocious; no sand in many of them so getting out was a real gamble!!!! After completing 17 holes and making it back to the first hole we were then made to wait by the starter while he put out group after group while we got more impatient etc. I did complain at the starters desk to be told some sort of bull that they had not long filled all the bunkers but my complaint would be passed on to the head green keeper. The course or attitudes of some needs some serious attention, as regards to the bunkers, either some of the green keepers or head green keeper needs sacking in my opinion when you consider paying what can only be considered as quite a high price for a round you expect better from a prestigious venue.Marks out of 10 [10 = Outstanding: 1 = Diabolical] – PGA National Course at the Belfry (4)
2 / 6
Belfry (PGA National)
March 26, 2012


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Played this coures in march, i must say that i was a little disapointed with the condition of the greens & the layout both could have been better.it seems to me that the Brabazon is the main course & they have let this one go a bit, the course has 5/6 good holes but too many bland one's as most have said it's flatish with mounding to the sides of the fairway to give it shape. the pylons running through the course does not help either with the enjoyment of playing here but that's not anyone's fault. would not rush back to play but that's just my opinion.
3 / 6
Belfry (PGA National)
March 21, 2012


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Better than the Derby course & worse than the Brabazon - but in reality pretty dull. The greens are good as you would expect from the Belfry complex. I would not rush back to play or pay more alot to play this - although its an ideal stag/boys venue for golfers of all standards. If this was anywhere other than the Belfry though it would not rate nearly as highly and I think its flattered at 148 on this list. That said any golf is good as am sure people would agree who frequent this site...
3 / 6
Belfry (PGA National)
September 08, 2010


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Nice course with a bit of links style feel to it. Open terrain in the midlands also offers a nice challenge to the course in terms of windy conditions. A nice complement to the more famous sister counterpart at the Belfry. Last few holes offers some risk and reward strategy depending on how you play it and the weather conditions. Last but not least, the greens were in excellent condition and fast!
5 / 6
Belfry (PGA National)
August 31, 2010


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We played the PGA as part of a £99 deal (plus a round on the Brabazon, a night in the hotel plus breakfast) on Sunday 29th and Monday 30th March. The course was in fantastic condition and the weather was bright sunshine and no wind. We played off the whites but the course plays quite long anyway because every green is raised so you're hitting one more club into every green. The greens were in incredible condition, they said 10.5 on the stimps on the information screen in the clubhouse but the course marshal said they were more like 11.5 because the sun had baked them out so they were very fast but receptive to a full shot, they definitely got quicker as we went round. I really enjoyed the course, it has a links feel to it and yes it was busy but we were in no rush and got round in about 4.5 hours. My favourite holes were the the par 5 holes 2, 10 and 12. BB.
4 / 6
Belfry (PGA National)
March 31, 2009


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It is difficult to call this a bad course but it is not really a very good course either. The fairways are big and wide, the bunkering is big and the greens are big too. The quality is commendable and the putting surfaces really true. I think an earlier review uses predictable when describing the course and I tend to agree. There are a few decent holes, like the par-3 3rd over water, the par-5 10th and my pick of the holes, the 14th – a shortish par-4, doglegging to the right at about 220 yards. Unfortunately the land isn’t the best and the line of pylons though the course do not help on the visual either.
3 / 6
Belfry (PGA National)
September 30, 2008


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