The Belfry Course

About the course

The Belfry course needs little introduction: after all, it has played host to more Ryder Cups than any other course. No wonder, then, that when they decided to build a third course to complement Brabazon and Derby, it came under serious scrutiny.

The Dave Thomas-designed PGA National, which opened in 1997, was the first course in Europe to carry the PGA brand. It is a rigorous, challenging course that was built to distinctive American designs. With four newly constructed lakes and extensive hills separating the fairways, PGA National was clearly built as a tournament course with spectators in mind. Although the course was built on open farmland, there are a number of interesting elevation changes.

Belfry hosted the Ryder Cup in 1985 and also played here in 1989, 1993 and 2002. No other club has hosted three Ryder Cups, let alone four, so the Brabazon course at Belfry has become synonymous with the Ryder Cup.

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Architect Dave Thomas
Year of foundation 1977
Par Course 72
Number of holes 18
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