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: 4.4 out of 10 Reviews: 20
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Ben
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.
March 31, 2009
6 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
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.
September 30, 2008
4 / 10
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Carl Tushingham
This is not a course for the tradionalist, but if you like stadium golf you'll love it. Course was in very good condition, with smooth running greens. Beware of the huge bunkers that seem to be everywhere. Quite an open course so gets well exposed to the elements. Some of the reviews on here seem harsh to me for such a well looked after course with some memorable holes.
June 03, 2008
6 / 10
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Andrew Harrison
Just played this course on 22.10.07.The course was in excellent condition, and looked superb to look down at the hole from the tee box.It is a course that is demanding but the fairways are fairly open so you can take a driver if you feel comfortable. Beware the bunkers, big American style bunkers strategically positioned to catch any poor shot, even more so round the greens.The greens I would rate as Very Good but not excellent, as they were a bit patchy in places, but hey it was the end of October.I played this course using a 2 fore 1 or greenfree voucher, which makes the course an absolute bargain. I understand some reviews about paying £60 for a round, but use the vouchers, its a snip.
October 23, 2007
8 / 10
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Carl Statham
This is a truly awful course. The greens are poorly maintained, the fairways are very patchy, the scenary ugly and most of the holes very non descript. You are guaranteed to feel ripped off at £74. If I had paid £30 I think I would have been OK with it although I would still never play it again. Even people who like american style PGA courses, and I am not one of these, will find this a poor choice. It really is playing on the Belfry name and is an insult to the Brabazon which is, despite all the flack and rediculously high green feee, a good american style stadium course. I repeat DON'T play this course.
April 23, 2006
1 / 10
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David
If this course were half the price i'd give it an average review. If this course were no where near the famous Brabazon course it would probably not be on this site! Don't get me wrong this is a good golf course with some interesting holes but it is twice the price it should be and no one would notice it if it were not where it is. Use the green fee to play somewhere else!
February 09, 2006
4 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
Not a lot to say about the PGA at the Belfry. All pretty samey and rather predictable. The quality is not too bad but nothing more than an average rating from me - have played it twice so can be fairly objective.
April 16, 2005
4 / 10
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Hugh
Although the PGA is clearly a manufactured course, it is an exciting and interesting test of golf. I like modern designed courses and the PGA for me is a complimentary course to the Brabazon and the condition is invariably better (especially during the winter months). The back nine is by far better than the front. I just love the bold bunkering here...the traps are simply huge. The Belfry comes in for some unfair criticism in my view. OK, at times the condition could be better, but the service and facilities are as good as anywhere in England and no matter what anyone says, the Belfry is a real experience. Tim
April 11, 2005
6 / 10
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CA
Little to commend it.
October 27, 2004
2 / 10
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Billy
Played here in sideways rain, therefore the PGA National, in my memory, is a complete nightmare. It's certainly a tough course. I'd like to play it on a sunny summer's day, but even then, I suspect it wouldn't appeal to my personal taste. Not a course for the traditionalist.
July 28, 2004
4 / 10
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