. . . for Roger St Pierre and Hazel KempsterIt’s said that the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of England. By the same token, some of the most momentous deals in the world of big business have been forged on the greens and fairways of the nation’s golf courses.
Nowhere does the business-and-leisure cocktail work better than at The Belfry Hotel and Resort – the magnificent Professional Golf Association HQ and the only venue to have hosted the prestigious Ryder Cup tournament four times.
The 500 rolling acres of prime North Warwickshire countryside provide a serendipitous setting for The Belfry’s three outstanding golf courses, headlined by the unrivalled Brabazon, a 7,185-yd, par-72 challenge, voted England’s finest golf course in the World Golf Awards.
Furthermore, the location could not be more convenient. It is at England’s epicentre, close to the M52 motorway and just 10 minutes from downtown Birmingham and its International Airport.
Host to two European Tour events, the 7,030-yd par-72 Belfry PGA National is the only PGA branded course in England. Then there’s the 5,929-yd par-70 Belfry Derby, a beautiful parkland layout designed to suit players at all levels.
There’s even a 12-hole Ryder Legends mini course, inspired by classic Ryder Cup venues, as well as a golf academy, featuring a 34-bay driving range, a putting green, custom-fit suites and golf tuition.
The venue’s golfing credentials are attested to by a spectacular chandelier fashioned from no fewer than 120 golf clubs. But a recently completed £26m refurbishment by American owners KSL Capital Partners helps to spread the Belfry’s appeal far beyond its greens and fairways to the conference and incentive and family break leisure markets – making golf just one facet of a beautifully designed and meticulously maintained full-service resort.
The resort’s 319 signature guest rooms provide everything needed for a luxurious and relaxing stay, including pastel-shaded soft furnishings, walk-in power showers, HD wide-screen Sky TVs and high-speed internet access.
There are also 15 gorgeous suites, with generous living space and private balconies with views across the courses, while, for ultimate luxury, there’s a private four-bedroom lodge that has its own personal chef.
The Belfry’s suite of 22 purpose-built meeting spaces ensures a perfect fit for a wide range of MICE events, from the 1,000 capacity Bel Air nightclub and lounge and the 400 capacity Woodland Suite down to the fine dining afforded for 12 guests in the atmospheric Wine Room and Touchdowns, a meeting space for 22.
The hotel’s award-winning spa features 12 bio-thermal rooms for the perfect retreat of a unique ‘Fire and Ice’ experience and also provides a fully equipped workout gym and an outdoor fitness trail among its extensive amenities.