With the halfway point of the season looming steadily, all eyes will be on Belton Woods’ Lakes Course as the PGA EuroPro Tour players battle it out for another title from July 13-15.
Through our partnership with QHotels Collection, this will be the second visit of the season, with Slaley Hall’s Hunting Course – host of the 2021 Matchroom Tour Championship – to follow later in the year.
By this stage, the Order of Merit should start to take shape but for those who have started poorly, there’s plenty more opportunities to bolster their standing.
Belton Woods is situated in a serene and secluded environment, yet only a few miles from the market town of Grantham in southern Lincolnshire.
There are two fantastic 18-hole loops located on-site, but members of the PGA EuroPro Tour will be tackling the characterful Lakes Course.
Measuring 6,857 yards, it certainly won’t be the longest test on tour this year, but through the intelligent placement of hazards, any errant shot is punished severely.
There isn’t much reprieve around the Lakes as tight fairways must be located to access the narrow greens, which require the utmost precision.
It will be interesting to see how the players prepare for the par-5 9th, which measures a whopping 609 yards – making it one of the longest golfing holes throughout Europe.
For the eventual winner, course management and excellent shot-making capabilities will be required as the plethora of water hazards threaten to dampen their rounds at any given moment.
With so much variety throughout the layout, the players will rarely settle as each hole provides a different and distinct challenge from the others.
Neal Holloway, General Manager of Belton Woods, is excited to see professional golf return to the iconic site.
“The entire team can’t wait to start a new relationship with the EuroPro Tour by holding the first professional event at Belton Woods for many years. This really is an achievement and a validation of all the hard work put in by the whole team but especially those involved in golf.
“We are looking forward to seeing how they tackle the challenge that is the Lakes Course, where a premium will be placed off the tee. A lot of approach shots require short irons to small greens, and water is in play continuously – just as the name suggests.”
PGA EuroPro Tour CEO, Dan Godding, noted: “We were excited when we brokered our new partnership with QHotels Collection, and I personally know how eager the players are to tackle the Lakes Course.
“As you can imagine with a name like Lakes, there’s plenty of water involved – which could worry the leaders as they are heading down the final stretch.”
This year will mark the first visit from the PGA EuroPro Tour, although Belton Woods has played host to professional events previously.
The venue was formerly the home of the oldest PGA tournament in the world – the Midlands PGA Championships.
We are delighted that we can bring professional golf back to the remarkable venue that is Belton Woods.
The sponsor of this event needs no introduction, as Cobra Puma have created a reputable brand that is renowned with most golfers.
The two companies collaborated in 2010 as Cobra had tasked Puma with fitting their sponsored players with golfing apparel.
Cobra specialise in industry-leading equipment, having the likes of Bryson DeChambeau and Rickie Fowler signed to the brand.
The PGA EuroPro Tour also has a strong relationship with Cobra NXTLVL Academy, where a plethora of golfers managed by the company play their golf on the tour.
Last season, one of their prized assets, Jack South, had carded 59 during the final round of The Motocaddy Masters to earn over £120,000 in prize money and sponsor bonuses.
England & Wales Blind Golf will be supporting the event and they are a charity that help those who suffer from sight-loss.
They have built a caring and supportive community, with golf at the forefront of their activities.
If you would like to know more information about England & Wales Blind Golf, you can check out our feature here.
The Lakes Course holds the potential of making or breaking champions through a collection of challenges.
It will be vitally important that players find fairways, as approach shots to narrow greens will require good lies and optimal angles of attack.
Considering how much water is scattered across the layout, those who can avoid these hazards will surely be in contention come Friday afternoon.