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The Belfry

The NCG Podcast: How The Belfry found its way back to the European Tour’s top table

The European Tour's UK swing sees the Belfry add to an illustrious history. We went to find out just how easy – or hard – it's been to get back to being tournament ready
 

It’s a venue that’s synonymous with big tournaments – and now The Belfry is back once again in the European Tour spotlight.

Four times a Ryder Cup host, and a regular tour stop throughout its four-decade history, the Warwickshire resort has stepped in to hold the concluding event on the quickly organised UK swing – the inaugural UK Championship.

But how did it all come about and just how easy has it been for the resort to respond so quickly to catering for the continent’s finest as they pitched in at the height of the coronavirus crisis?

On this week’s NCG podcast, we chat with The Belfry’s director of golf Chris Reeve to find out.

The Belfry

The NCG Podcast with The Belfry director of golf Chris Reeve

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Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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