10 of the best golf courses across the Midlands
As some of you may know, I am not much of a golfer myself. However, I recently had some lessons and, assuming I can find the time, am hoping to get some practise in.
I asked a few friends of mine who are avid golfers to recommend some of the best golf courses in the Midlands but outside of Worcester, so here is the list that they came up with.
- The Brabazon at the Belfry Hotel & Resort, Sutton Coldfield
Located just east of Sutton Coldfield, the Belfry Hotel & Resort is home to not just one of the best golf courses in the Midlands, but in the entire UK: the Brabazon.
Across 7,255 yards, this par 72 course has been the stage for some of the most memorable moments in golfing history – in particular, Seve Ballesteros’s outrageous drive over the water and onto the green at hole 10.
Navigate tight fairways and perilous bunkers as you travel the paths of so many greats before you at this iconic course.
Visit the Belfry Hotel & Resort website to find and book a tee time.
- Enville Golf Club, Stourbridge
The two heathland and woodland courses at Enville Golf Club in Stourbridge are surely two of the most well-worth visiting in the entire UK.
Choose between the Highgate, a par 72 course that weaves its away across the woods and heathland around it, and the Lodge, a par 71 course demanding accuracy from the very first hole to avoid the dual threat of bunkers and heather.
Visitors are more than welcome to Enville, and you can book by calling visitor enquiries on 01384 872074.
- Little Aston Golf Club, Sutton Coldfield
Drive just 8 miles north of Birmingham to the outskirts of Sutton Coldfield and you’ll come across the 6,813 yards of Little Aston golf course.
Little Aston golf course was created in 1908 and has since become a favourite of golfers around the Midlands and the entire UK.
The combination of several drive and pitch holes with one- and two-shot holes make this challenging course interesting for players of all ability levels.
This par 72 course across predominantly parkland is a strategic test of skill and perseverance.
Visitors can book a tee time on the Little Aston website.
- Beau Desert Golf Club, Cannock
Translating as “beautiful wilderness” or “beautiful desert” in French, Beau Desert is far from an empty wilderness.
Beau Desert is in Cannock, Staffordshire, situated in among the trees of Cannock Forest. As a result, 18 holes here are framed by heather, gorse, firs, and spruces, a beautifully peaceful setting that allows you to fully focus on your game.
Of course, with seemingly miles of heathland to slice a ball into, be prepared to search for hours to find the landing spot of any misplaced shots.
Check the visitors page on the Beau Desert website to find details on how to book your tee time.
- Edgbaston Golf Club, Birmingham
You might not expect to find one of the best Midlands golf courses in a city centre, but Edgbaston Golf Club certainly manages to meet both criteria.
Right in the heart of Birmingham, Edgbaston is just 6,128 yards, but this par 69 course is a worthy test for any golfer.
The parkland course was expertly crafted in 1896, boasting wide, sweeping fairways and tight, challenging greens.
Check the visitors page on the Edgbaston website to find booking details, including green fees and tee times.
- Blackwell Golf Club, Bromsgrove
Having hosted regional qualifying for The Open multiple times over the years, Blackwell is widely recognised as one of the best courses in the UK.
Blackwell is situated in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, and runs across just over 100 acres of parkland, known particularly for its one-shot holes.
You can book a tee time on this 6,248-yard, par 70 course by visiting the visitor information page on the club website.
- Sutton Coldfield Golf Club, Sutton Coldfield
A lesser-known gem of a course, Sutton Coldfield Golf Club’s brilliant heathland course lies within the 2,400-acre Sutton Park.
Despite often being overlooked for its close neighbours at the Belfry and Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield actually co-hosted the 2010 English Amateur Championships, going to show that, while it may not be well-known throughout the country, this is still a seriously competitive course.
According to the club website, course designer Dr Alister MacKenzie said that both “long [low] handicap player[s] or even the absolute beginner should be able to enjoy” Sutton Coldfield, making this the perfect course for golfers of all levels.
Details of green fees and tee times can be found on the club website.
- Sedgley Golf Club, Dudley
Sedgley may be just nine holes, but this undulating, tricky course is still up there with the Midlands’ best.
Converted from a farm in the late 1980s, the course lies right next to the Cotwall End nature reserve in Dudley, just south of Wolverhampton.
With this beautiful backdrop, the real character of this course comes from the stunning views you have as a result of being so high up.
Sedgley is a “pay and play” club, meaning you can turn up without booking a tee time. Read more information, including green fees, on the Sedgley website.
The mature parkland course at Calderfields Hotel, Golf & Country Club will truly put you through your paces from the very start.
Teeing off on the 363-yard, par 4 first hole, you’ll encounter a pond just 130 yards in, forcing you to use all your skill as well as your brain to find your way – all before you’ve even fully settled into your game.
This course lies just north-east of Walsall and has fast become a favourite of members and guests alike looking for a challenge from the moment you put a ball down.
Read more on the club website, including a contact form if you require more information or have further questions.
- Stonebridge Golf Club, Meriden
Last but by no means least, Stonebridge Golf Club in Meriden is well worth visiting, having hosted PGA Europro Tour events and PGA Midland region tournaments and county matches, as well as the Sky Sports European Junior Open.
Located around the grounds of the Packington Estate, Stonebridge features 27 holes across three separate courses: Hampton (2,800 yards, par 33), Somers (3,403 yards, par 37), and Blythe (2,806 yards, par 34).
You can find out more on the visitors’ page of the Stonebridge website, including green fees, dress code, and how to book your tee time.