Mon 14 February 2022

Whilst we need no reminding how great golf is, sometimes playing the same course on a consistent basis can diminish the excitement that was once prevalent.

It’s not a reflection on the sport - okay, maybe our ability (!) - but experiencing the same afternoon countlessly can lead to boredom or worse yet - burn out.

Visiting other courses can help rejuvenate our passion for the game, in addition to providing us with once in a lifetime experiences.

The problem is, with so many exceptional resorts and courses available on our doorstep - let alone the wider world - it can prove difficult to determine which one to visit next.

Fortunately, the Golfshake Community have recently voted their favourite resorts throughout the world, and this article will focus on where to travel for an English golf trip.

The Belfry Hotel & Resort

Golfshake Rating: 4.40

One of the most iconic golfing destinations in England, The Belfry has previously hosted the Ryder Cup on four occasions - the most of any venue in the cup’s history.

The resort boasts three golf courses: The Brabazon, PGA National and The Derby. They all offer varying experiences of golf but if you’re looking to recreate the footsteps of golf’s finest figures, then The Brabazon should be played.

In 2013, The Belfry underwent refurbishment which totalled £26 million invested into the property as bedrooms, meeting rooms, public spaces and other amenities were greatly augmented as a result.

The venue was awarded ‘England’s Leading Golf Resort’ for 2004, 2011 and 2015 - in addition to being voted as the ‘World’s Best Golf Hotel’ at the 2019 World Golf Awards.

What elevates this destination as an ultimate stay & play are the accommodation options on offer, with The Belfry being able to accommodate party sizes ranging from two visitors to eight.

The on-site spa can offer an array of treatments, which also includes the new wellbeing experience that has been designed to relieve tension and promote a calming and peaceful state.

Survey Comment: “Both the tees and the greens were simply immaculate; the overall design of the golf course was incredible.”

Survey Comment: “The quality of the greens, tee boxes and the card-destroying rough is enough to ensure I return.”

Golfshake Survey Result

The Belfry scored highly in a number of categories, which isn’t all that surprising considering its year-round popularity. The facility ranked joint 1st for the Best Course 2021 (Brabazon) but that wasn’t their sole success. They were voted 2nd for Best UK Breakfast, 7th for Best Halfway Hut, 1st for Best UK 19th Hole and 2nd for Best UK Accommodation. If we were to briefly summarise, The Belfry continues to deliver from all angles.

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