The Belfry Brabazon Course Review

The Belfry is famed as the course where Europe finally turned the tables on the United States in the Ryder Cup. It is the headquarters of the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA), has also hosted several European Tour events and boasts some fantastic facilities.

The course most people will recognize is the Brabazon. Back in the late 1970s, when it first came to prominence, The Brabazon attracted much criticism, with people saying that it lacked character. In truth, back in those days the trees were mostly small and staked, the rough was non-existent and the course was unimpressive, to say the least.

What a difference a few years made, however, and by the time of the 1985 Ryder Cup match, when Sam Torrance memorably holed the putt on the 18th to give the Europeans their first win and hand the USA their first defeat since 1957, the Brabazon had taken shape.

There are two especially memorable holes. First of all comes the 10th, a par four measuring just over 300 yards. Seve Ballesteros was the first man to drive the green at this risk and reward hole, and many others have since followed the great Spaniard, setting up the chance of an eagle two.

From the front tee it measures 280 yards and you can't play this golf course without having a flash at the green. But beware - there are trees on the right and water that runs in front of the left-hand side of the putting surface. And then there is the 18th, a 473-yard par four which calls for a drive over water and a second shot also over water to a three-tier green. The more water you bite off from the tee the shorter the hole plays, but the longer the carry over water.

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Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.