Two golf courses of very contrasting styles, 4 star accommodation, part of which is situated in a 13th century mansion and full leisure facilities. All set amongst 300 acres of stunning and mature Derbyshire countryside, lots to enjoy at Marriott Breadsall Priory.


36 holes – Priory and Moorland courses – floodlit range – short game area – Golf Academy – club shop

Hotel – 112 rooms (12 Priory rooms) – 9 meeting rooms

Food & Drink – Cast Iron Bar & Grill – Priory Restaurant

Spa & Fitness – Fully fitted gym – indoor pool – spa and treatment facilities


Location/Directions : Just five miles from Derby City Centre, follow the A61 to Breadsall, through the village, then turn left into Moor Road, the complex is 1.5 miles further on.

 The Priory  Course : This layout, designed in 1977 twists and turns its way around the tree lined parkland grounds of the old Hall, the natural undulating landscape is put to full use in a series of memorable challenges where your course management skills and certainly your nerves will be well tested. The relatively modest length proves to be no guarantee of an easy time, the long hitters need to exercise a little patience, not until well into the back nine is there a spell of genuinely driver friendly holes. Until that point enjoy a series of thought provoking tests full of variety, the rolling tree lined fairways demand accuracy, so too do tight and narrow putting surfaces well protected by sand traps, some also perched up high with steep run off areas.

Around the turn though marks a spell of real risk and reward type dog leg challenges, exciting stuff, the risk takers though will need to be at their very best to succeed. Take the short Par 4  9th as an example, cutting off the corner to find the green from the tee over tall trees is certainly a plausible option, but devilishly difficult  once considering the size of the target, the putting surface is simply tiny and well defended, although most players including ourselves find it a challenge impossible to refuse. Eventually The Priory opens out to a closing stretch where the length increases, the fairways widen, yet still those small tough to find dance floors remain until the very end. Hallmarked by its ups and downs, inspired design and good looks this is a lay out you won’t forget in a hurry.

The Moorland Course : Designed by Donald Steel in 1991 the Moorland is set on higher and more open ground where the elements play a much bigger part in your fortunes, gorse and bumpy fast running fairways give it links like appeal and the views of the surrounding  Derbyshire Dales are quite stunning. Of similar length to The Priory, there are some mouth watering short par 4’s to have a go at, but if we had to pick a favourite, the par three short downhill 14th edges it.

The natural moorland turf gives this course an advantage over it’s near Derby neighbours and a good guarantee of quality winter play on full tees and greens.

Off course charms : The hotel has 112 spacious bedrooms, 12 reside in the majestic Priory which has retained its original architectural features. Contrast the timeless history of that residence with the modern comfort and style of 9 meeting rooms for business purposes, plus top quality leisure facilities including indoor pool, fitness suites and the health spa. For food and drink look no further than the award winning Priory Restaurant and the Cast Iron Bar & Grill.

Membership at Breadsall Priory entitles you to golf at other reciprocal Marriott Hotel & Country Clubs across the UK and Worldwide. If the quality of those matches what’s on offer here it’s not a difficult choice to make.