The Belfry PGA National Course Review

The fabulous Belfry golf resort hosts three courses in total; The Brabazon, The PGA National and The Derby.

The PGA National is a very different prospect from the world renowned Brabazon, which has hosted the Ryder Cup an impressive four times.

The latter is a typically European course, whereas The PGA National is much more like the courses you see used by the PGA Tour and to this end an equally challenging layout to play.

It was designed by the incomparable Dave Thomas, who also had a hand in the Brabazon, and was the first course on the continent to carry PGA branding. It features four large, man-made lakes that look as if they have been established for hundreds of years, even though the course only opened in 1997. They come into play on eight holes, so accurate, well-struck shots are essential.

The fairways are split by man-made mounds, which would make it a natural tournament venue, and there are plenty of bunkers dotted around the course protecting the wonderful greens. The course measures 7,053 yards from the back tees and 6,153 yards from the yellow tees.

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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.