The Belfry is one of the best-known courses in the Heart of England, but the Forest of Arden’s Arden layout gives it a good run for its money in every sense. The Donald Steel-designed Arden runs through Packington Estate and has a terrific variety of holes and speedy greens. It has a wonderful pedigree having hosted the British Masters three times and provides golf at its best and most demanding, finishing with a breathtaking par-3 over a valley. With a Marriott hotel and another 18-hole layout (Aylesford), it’s a golfing paradise. The two nines are very distinct, the second half playing through the trees… and deer. There’s a potential sting in the tail at both the par-5 17th and the 200-yard par-3 finale over a water-filled valley.
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