The Belfry Hotel & Resort is set to celebrate a very special summer as it marks 40 years of its iconic Brabazon golf course, the only venue in the world to have hosted the Ryder Cup on four occasions.
Co-designed by the late Dave Thomas and Peter Alliss in 1977, The Brabazon has witnessed some of the most memorable moments in golfing history – and now golfers can make their own chapter for just £40 when teeing off after 3pm during a weekday in July.
Meanwhile, for golfers seeking the ultimate experience on the course made famous by the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo, The Belfry has also introduced a special Golf Summer Offer that ensures a round on The Brabazon, an overnight stay, breakfast, £20 dinner allowance and free round on the Derby for just £149 per person.
Shortly after the course opening, at the 1978 Hennessy Cup, swashbuckling Spaniard Seve Ballesteros started his love affair with The Brabazon and instantly put it under the media spotlight when he became the first player to drive the now-famous par-4, 10th hole – a feat now attempted by golfers visiting from all over the world.
The first of four Ryder Cups on The Brabazon followed in 1985 when Tony Jacklin’s European team overcame a star-studded U.S. side, with Sam Torrance’s 20-foot birdie putt sealing victory on the final green. Four years later, in 1989, Irishman Christy O’Connor Jr stole the show with one of the most cherished Ryder Cup moments, firing a sublime 2-iron from 229 yards to just four feet on the 18th, as the contest ended in a tie.
An American victory – spearheaded by a spirited Paul Azinger – followed in 1993, before the European teamed claimed a famous triumph in The Belfry’s fourth Ryder Cup, in 2002. Sam Torrance’s European side overcame a U.S. team featuring Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, with Irishman Paul McGinley holing the winning putt and celebrating in the lake in front of the 18th green.
Whilst the resort is known as the spiritual home of the Ryder Cup, it is no stranger to high-profile European Tour events, with 11 in total being held at The Belfry between 1989 and 2008. The English Open has seen winners like Mark James and David Gilford, whilst the Benson & Hedges International Open witnessed champions from across the world, including Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal, Swede Henrik Stenson, Argentinian Angel Cabrera and Englishman Paul Casey.
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