Looking to play the best golf courses in Birmingham or nearby in the Midlands? GolfReviewsGuide.com picks out the top courses to play in Birmingham.
Centrally located and accessible from much of England, it is easy to see why people love Birmingham as a city. From culture and lifestyle to top class sport, it has it all.
Birmingham golf courses are very much part of that with the best of the best a Ryder Cup and DP World Tour venue that is a must play for many golfers up and down the country.
Our top picks for the best golf courses in Birmingham are:
The undoubted jewel in the crown when it comes to Birmingham golf courses, The Belfry stands out way ahead of any other venue in the area.
For starters, this is a course that has hosted the Ryder Cup – one of the biggest competitions in world golf – on no fewer than four occasions in 1985, 1989, 1993 and 2002.
The Belfry has also played host to numerous European Tour events too from the Lada English Golf Classic in 1979 to most recently the British Masters in 2022.
The Belfry is not just a 4-star hotel and resort, it is home to three courses in the shape of the Brabazon Course, PGA National and The Derby as well as the headquarters of the Professional Golfers’ Association.
The Brabazon is the pick of the courses on offer and is best noted for the driveable par-4 10th hole across water.
Sutton Coldfield Golf Club
Sutton Coldfield Golf Club is a relative rarity in the region, a heathland golf course than offers something a bit different to rival venues.
With a history dating back to 1889, it is no surprise that Sutton Coldfield is regarded so highly.
An initial nine-hole layout was extended by Alister McKenzie and the current layout has been in play since 1934.
Rarely seen, the 5th, 6th and 7th holes are a trio of successive par-3s on this test. That aside, it does stand out from the crowd as one of the best golf courses in Birmingham.
Forest of Arden Golf Club
Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club is a short drive from Birmingham Airport and ideally located from an access point of view.
The course is home to two 18-hole tracks designed by Donald Steel, the Arden which is the pick of the pair and the Aylesford.
The Arden course has played host to the British Masters three times from 2003-2005 and the English Open from 1993-1996.
The courses are part of a Marriott Hotel resort, which boasts a major hotel, spa and is ideal for luxury breaks.
Ladbrook Park Golf Club
Designed by Harry Colt, Ladbrook Park is one of the unsung courses in the region and offers a serious test of any golfer.
Colt can list Portrush, Lytham St Anne’s and Wentworth among his designs, and the tree-lined parkland course he came up with a Ladbrook Park is top class.
Located in Solihull, Ladbrook Park was actually created by members of Robin Hood Golf Club after they were evicted from the land they were playing on.
It is now a thriving members club and one of the most popular golf courses in Birmingham.
Copt Heath Golf Club
Ranked as a top 100 club by National Club Golfer, Copt Heath has a rich history dating back to 1907 when the course was first created.
To underlined just how special this track is, it was created by a combination of Harry Vardon and Harry Colt.
More than 100 bunkers are located around the Copt Heath course, which is located in Knowle, Solihull, and has often played host to Regional Qualifying for the Open Championship.
Every year, Copt Heath plays host to the Peter McEvoy Trophy, which is an open tournament for elite junior boys and girls from around the country. Justin Rose and Lee Westwood are former winners.
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