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The Belfry to exhibit at IGTM
October 23, 2012

Iconic four-time Ryder Cup host venue, The Belfry, is exhibiting at the International Golf Travel Market in Portugal's Algarve from the 12 th - 15 th November. The comprehensive resort, home to the world-famous Brabazon Course and PGA Headquarters, returns to the golf travel industry's premier trade event for the first time in 8 years. The Belfry team will be on-hand at Stand 543 throughout the week to discuss The Belfry's unique golf and leisure experiences, as well as the exciting vision of new owners, KSL Capital Partners LLC, and management company, De Vere.

"Exhibiting at the IGTM offers us a great opportunity to showcase the exciting developments that we have planned at The Belfry. With our rich Ryder Cup heritage and dedication to customer service, we have a great product, but the plans of the new owners will really raise the bar at The Belfry, and re-establish the resort as a truly outstanding golf and leisure resort for both domestic and international travellers," noted The Belfry's Director of Golf, Gary Silcock. "The time is right to re-engage with the international golf travel market where we're looking forward to discussing the future of one of golf's most renowned venues, as well as the wider tourism attractions of Birmingham, England's 'Second City'."

The Belfry's central location in the Midlands region of the UK, near Birmingham International Airport and just a two-hour drive from London, has proved a valuable asset in attracting golf aficionados from all over the world. Steeped in history, The Belfry is also one of Europe's most comprehensive golf & leisure venues , effortlessly combining modern comfort with a superb range of facilities. Set amongst 550 acres of stunning English countryside, The Belfry currently comprises a 324-bedroom hotel and three 18-hole golf courses, including The PGA National, England's only PGA-branded golf course, The Brabazon, the world's only four-time host of The Ryder Cup having held the tournament in 1985, 1989, 1993 and 2001, plus a further 18-hole golf course, known as The Derby.

The home of England's only PGA National Golf Academy is also at The Belfry, where over 20 PGA Qualified Golf Professionals offer an unrivalled level of service and knowledge to guests, and an expansive Pro Shop voted 'The Best in the UK' by Golf World magazine. The Belfry also boasts swimming pools, a spa, gym, leisure club, several bars and delectable dining areas, as well as an array of other sporting facilities. Its indisputable pedigree is underlined by a host of awards in recent years, including being named 'England's Leading Golf Resort' at the prestigious World Travel Awards in 2011, as well as a 'Top 100 Golf Course in the UK and Ireland' by Golf World and Golf Monthly magazines in 2012.

Its acquisition in August by an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners LLC, an American investment firm that specialises in travel and leisure businesses, means that the resort will undergo a comprehensive renovation to further its already impressive offering. KSL's current portfolio includes some of America's premier travel and leisure properties, including The Grove Park Inn, The Homestead, Montelucia Resort & Spa, Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, The Royal Palm, La Costa Resort and Spa, plus ClubCorp, one of the world's largest owners of private golf and business clubs. Underlining the owners' undeniable commitment is the appointment of De Vere to manage the resort, a move that has earned the support of some of golf's most influential individuals, including European Tour Chief Executive, George O'Grady, PGA Chief Executive, Sandy Jones, as well as Ryder Cup Winning Captains, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Woosnam and Bernard Gallacher.

De Vere offers championship golf at each of its twelve properties and nineteen golf courses around the UK, with the hosting of several high-profile professional events highlighted by the ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship on the European Senior Tour at De Vere Slaley Hall in Northumberland and the European Tour Qualifying School at De Vere Wychwood Park, Cheshire. A long term commitment to growing the game is underlined by the dedicated PGA professionals and state-of-the-art golf academies at each resort, including the award-winning Nike Golf Academy at De Vere Oulton Hall in Leeds, as well as an impressive array of restaurants, clubhouses, hotels, spas and leisure facilities. The full De Vere Golf portfolio includes The Belfry, Slaley Hall, Oulton Hall, The Carrick on Loch Lomond, Wychwood Park, Carden Park, Heron's Reach, Mottram Hall, Dunston Hall, Staverton Park, Belton Woods and Wokefield Park.

*The Belfry will exhibit at Stand 543 at this year's IGTM.

For further information on The Belfry visit: www.thebelfry.co.uk or follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheBelfryHotel








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