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Golfers Avoid the Rain in ‘The Belfry Bubble’

9.12am 25th November 2010 - Course Development - This story was updated on Friday, November 26th, 2010

The Belfry's Brabazon Course in winter sun

Golfers at The Belfry this winter can expect to enjoy some of the driest golfing conditions found in the UK, according to national weather forecasters.

A recent rainfall analysis study* showed that The Belfry records an average of only 6.35 cm of rain every month, which is lower than other Ryder Cup venues in the UK such as 2014 host Gleneagles (6.69 cm) and the scene of this year’s contest, Celtic Manor (7.3 cm). Meanwhile, on average, the UK as a whole receives over 1 cm more rainfall than The Belfry every month (7.72 cm).

“We are lucky in a sense that our golf courses lie in a geographic bubble that often avoids the rain shadows hanging above more western areas,” said Gary Silcock, Director of Golf at The Belfry. “We get a lot less rainfall than most other UK golf courses and subsequently we can maintain summer-like conditions all year round.”

The Belfry’s 34-strong green keeping staff manage three courses throughout the winter, deemed suitable condition for tournament golf.

“The courses are now in the best condition since I came here six years ago,” said Kenny MacKay, Director of Courses and Grounds at The Belfry. “We have also spent over £350,000 on new drainage systems to make sure we can deal efficiently with any rainfall that does come our way.”

* Source:

The Belfry

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