The Belfry needs little introduction; after all, its Brabazon course has hosted more Ryder Cups than any other in the world. But following a major £26 million refurbishment, the resort’s interiors are now on par with its three golf courses, as Your Golf Travel explains…
Getting there … Nestled in 550 acres of stunning North Warwickshire countryside, The Belfry is located smack bang in the heart of England. Situated just minutes away from major motorway networks and only 20 minutes from the buzzing cosmopolitan centre of Birmingham, the resort gives you that feeling of a country escape without having to travel too far.
When to go … Preferably when the sun is out as there is no better time to enjoy the three outstanding golf courses than under clear skies. While the summer months understandably see peak traffic through The Belfry, you can typically pick up a great deal at the beginning of spring (March-April) or the back end of autumn (October-November) where you’re likely to enjoy less congestion on the course.
What to do … There is more to The Belfry than just golf, with a range of indoor and outdoor activities to either entertain or relax guests for the entirety of their stay. The Belfry Club, which boasts a heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, and solarium, not to mention excellent sports facilities including a fully fitted gym, squash court and outdoor tennis courts, is an excellent place to relax after a round of golf or before heading out for dinner. The resort also boasts the aptly-named Simply THE Spa, which offers everything from facials, wraps, manicures and pedicures, to chemical peels, Botox and Microsclerotherapy. If you’re looking for something a little more lively the world-renowned Bel Air nightclub (situated in the hotel grounds) is the perfect late-night haunt to enjoy a few drinks before cutting some shapes on the dance floor.
Who to take … Mark a date on the calendar and start assembling your golfing buddies because The Belfry is the perfect venue for your next group trip away. The resort offers something for everyone. The self-confessed ‘golf nerds’ of your travelling party will love the history which adorns the resort’s memorabilia-filled walls, others will love a stint at the spa, while everyone will enjoy dissecting their round over a few drinks at Sam’s Club House and the stylish Brabazon Bar. As for your nightly entertainment … well, let’s just say what happens in Bel Air, stays in Bel Air…
Favourite feature … One of golf’s greatest charms is the fact that amateur golfers can attempt to emulate the feats of the game’s greats on some of the world’s great courses. Such an opportunity exists at The Belfry’s Brabazon Course, which is steeped in Ryder Cup history, having hosted the tournament on an unprecedented four occasions. Who could forget Sam Torrance’s 18th hole heroics in 1985, or the jubilant Paul McGinley sinking the winning putt in 2002? These famous moments are what make The Brabazon so special, and should inspire every golfer to visit and experience that legacy.
– It’s certainly worth paying a visit to the AquaSpa, where the unique Fire and Ice experience comes highly recommended. There you can indulge in 90 minutes of pure relaxation with a journey through a series of hot and cold zoned areas, all designed to rejuvenate the senses.
– You can save up to 40 per cent on an overnight break at The Belfry with two rounds of golf simply by travelling on a Sunday. With two bank holidays coming up in May, you won’t even need to take a day off work!
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