Discover the UK Swing Venues
Reminiscent of the European Tour's formative days in the 1970s and 80s, the Old World circuit will spend an extended period across the United Kingdom this summer courtesy of the newly unveiled "UK Swing" of tournaments. Following months of shutdown in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, CEO Keith Pelley has impressively managed to salvage a workable schedule for players, beginning in July with the British Masters at Close House, leading into consecutive events at Forest of Arden, Hanbury Manor, Celtic Manor and The Belfry.
Additionally, the Scottish Open and BMW PGA Championship - both part of the Rolex Series - have been rescheduled for October, while the prestigious Irish Open and popular Alfred Dunhill Links remain possible inclusions, but dates and logistics will have to be met.
Whatever happens, it's clear that the eyes of professional golf will be on the UK for longer than normal, which is a fine showcase for several venues, some of which are returning to the spotlight following years in the darkness, at least with regards to television.
On Golfshake, we have a vast library of features of reviews, providing insight behind the courses that the European Tour players will compete on, and the acclaimed hotels in which they will stay. We take a closer look at each of the venues you'll see this July and August.
British Masters - Close House Jul 22-25
Situated near Newcastle upon Tyne, Close House is Highly Recommended on Golfshake and is a beckon for golfers in Northumberland, home to the Colt Course and the Fily Course. It previously hosted the British Masters in 2016.
English Open - Marriott Forest of Arden - July 30- Aug 2
Birmingham's Forest of Arden was a staple for many years on the European Tour, hosting the British Masters and English Open, but now it returns into public view, a fitting position for a Highly Recommended venue on Golfshake.
English Championship - Marriott Hanbury Manor - Aug 6-9
Hanbury Manor is a Jacobean-style house set in 200 acres of beautiful countryside, and was previously a host of the English Open, crowning the likes of Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood.
Celtic Classic - The Celtic Manor Resort - Aug 13-16 & Wales Open - Aug 20-23
Remembered for the dramatic 2010 Ryder Cup when Colin Montgomerie's Europe regained the legendary trophy, Celtic Manor is home to three courses, including the Twenty Ten, which hosted the showpiece and was previously home to the Wales Open throughout the first decade and a half of the 2000s.
UK Championship - The Belfry - Aug 27-30
Four-time Ryder Cup venue, The Belfry is back on display, a hugely popular destination with the Golfshake Community, boasting three courses, most notably the Brabazon, which enjoys an indelible place in the heart of European golf fans. In addition to the iconic battles between Europe and the United States, The Belfry featured on the tour schedule for decades.
So, there we have it, the European Tour's UK Swing, a celebration of the country's stay and play venues. Let us know what you are most looking forward to seeing - and which is your favourite.
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