The Belfry is a golf resort that features three golf courses, the Brabazon (Par 72), Derby (Par 70) and PGA National Course (Par 72). The origins of the venue date back to 1277 but it was 1977 when the PGA moved its headquarters there and opened two golf courses in the adjoining land.
The Brabazon is the main tournament course, named after the former captain of the PGA and was opened with a challenge match that saw Seve Ballesteros and Johnny Miller play Tony Jacklin and Brian Barnes. The course has hosted the Ryder Cup on four occasions, more than any other venue. In 1985, Europe won the competition for the first time with a score of 16½ to 11½ and inflicted the first defeat on the United States since 1957. Europe retained the cup in 1989 after a tie of 14-14 before the United States narrowly won 15-13 in 1993. 2002 was the last time the tournament was held at The Belfry, with Europe winning 15½ to 12½.
A number of other European Tour events have been held at the resort including the English Classic (1979-1983), the English Open (1989-1992), the Benson & Hedges International Open (2000-2003), the British Masters (2006-2008 & 2021) and the UK Championship (2020).
Par: 72 (Brabazon Course), 72 (PGA National Course) & 70 (Derby Course)
Location & Travel to The Belfry
The Belfry is located in the village Wishaw close to Sutton Coldfield in Warwickshire, approximately 8 miles away from the centre of Birmingham.
Airport – Birmingham Airport is located approximately 8 miles south of the golf club. The Airport serves European destinations, as well as international destinations such as the Caribbean, India, Pakistan, Qatar and the UAE. There is a train station (Birmingham International) at the airport which connects to central Birmingham for onwards travel to Sutton Coldfield.
Driving & Parking – Exit the M42 at Junction 9 and follow the A446 signposted to Lichfield. The Belfry is approximately 1 mile away on the right hand side. Parking at the resort is free for the first 4 hours, costing £5 for up to 8 hours and £10 for up to 24 hours.
Train: Birmingham New Street Station is the biggest of Birmingham’s train stations, it serves many destinations across the UK including Bournemouth, Bristol Temple Meads, Cardiff Central, Edinburgh Waverley, Glasgow Central, Leicester, London Euston, Manchester Piccadilly, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, Sheffield and Southampton Central. From the station take the bus as listed above, or use a taxi. Birmingham’s other main stations, Moor Street and Snow Hill are more regional, although there is a service to London Marylebone from Moor Street.
Sutton Coldfield is the closest railway station to the golf club, just over 4 miles away. The station is on the Cross-City Line between Redditch/Bromsgrove and Lichfield via Birmingham New Street.
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Where to stay in Sutton Coldfield
Playing at The Belfry
Members of the public are able to play on all three of the courses at The Belfry. Green fees vary depending on the time of day, with the Derby Course the cheapest and the Brabazon given its history and reputation being the most expensive. Further information and booking is available on the official website here.
Further Information & Events
Last Updated on April 26, 2021 by Sports Tourist