Jamie Wade

The golf courses manager at the Belfry Hotel & Resort, Jamie Wade, is busy readying the fairways and greens to welcome some of the world’s top players at this year’s British Masters  


When I left school in early 2006, my only real passion was golf. That summer I worked at my local golf club, and I absolutely loved it. In October 2006, I was lucky enough to be offered a full-time job at the Belfry as a trainee greenkeeper and soon after, I became a qualified greenkeeper. In 2012, I left and travelled to Australia and New Zealand before returning to the Belfry in 2014. Over the next two years I was promoted through various positions before becoming golf courses manager. Throughout my career I have been lucky enough to travel across the world. This has included volunteering for world class events in France, America, Australia, and within the UK. In 2018, I volunteered at the Ryder cup in Paris to help with golf course set up.


I oversee a team of 45 which includes greenkeepers, mechanics, irrigation technicians, and gardeners. Day-to-day, I oversee the Belfry’s three golf courses, ensuring that we are providing a tournament standard course for all players. Our courses include the Brabazon and PGA National, which are recognised as world-class having hosted The Ryder Cup four times – more than any other venue in the world. We are also hosting this year’s Betfred British Masters for the third consecutive year.


I have recently become a dad and want to be the best I can be for my son, raising him with good personal values. I’m really happy at the Belfry and love where I work. It’s my ambition though, to work overseas in a managerial role overseeing another world-class golf tournament while also continuing to inspire and lead the next generation of greenkeepers.


One of my biggest successes was moving to Australia and New Zealand when I was 23 to pursue my greenkeeping career. It helped me grow as a person and taught me so many personal skills. Another success was becoming head greenkeeper at only 27 and overseeing three world-renowned golf courses here at the Belfry. Seven years into in my current position and I feel so fortunate that I am able to help assist with planning and preparation for the British Masters each year.


Never fail to try more! Early in my career I was very passionate and wanted to progress, but I didn’t have the confidence and I didn’t always ask the right questions. I was scared to try new things because I didn’t want to fail.  Looking back now, I feel I could have got more out of the early days in my career if I’d been more confident.


The investment that Birmingham has received over recent years has been fantastic. The infrastructure and architecture have massively improved throughout the city.


I enjoy looking after my garden. Being a greenkeeper, I ensure my grass looks as pristine as it can be. I’m also a clean freak, so I’m always tidying something! I have a dog, named Cooper, who comes to work with me most days. I love going on long walks with him and finding new places to visit or see.

The Betfred British Masters 2023 returns to the Brabazon Course at the Belfry from 29 June to 2 July. Visit thebelfry.com