Isn’t it always the way with important business calls? You wait continually for the mobile to ring and when it finally does go off it happens 60 seconds before you are about to indulge yourself with a spot of “me” time.

I’m preparing to zone out at The Belfry’s coolly refurbished and aptly named, simply THE Spa, when my phone trills in the relaxation room.

I dart into a corridor and hurriedly sort out the question at hand, which has been weeks coming to fruition. I then hurriedly seek out my therapist, who I have asked to wait. Heart pounding, I apologise profusely to Lisa. She just smiles and tells me everything is fine. And it is.

Within two minutes of lying flat out on a gently heated treatment table, warm towels cloaking my lower half, the phone call and the hassle leading up to it is forgotten. I’m in another place, a place where there are no worries or stresses, and I can’t give anywhere a higher recommendation than that.

There are 10 luxury treatment rooms, decorated in rich, calming colours, and a dual treatment room is available for lovebirds of any age to be pampered side by side. The place is ideal for all-day spas (The Belfry also has a fantastically good fun Fire & Ice aquaspa and a good size indoor swimming pool) or simply for one-off individual treatments.

The Belfry is, of course, synonymous with golf. Dedicated weekend amateurs and scratch players make a pilgrimage to this place to pit their skills against the challenges of one of the world’s most famous courses.

It was on the Brabazon, one of three courses at The Belfry, outside Sutton Coldfield, that the European team wrestled back the Ryder Cup in 1985 after 28 years of US domination. The Belfry has hosted golf’s biggest tournament a further three times.

All that driving, chipping and putting can take a toll on a chap’s body – not to mention his feet and nails – but there is a special menu of spa treatments designed specifically for men in need of post-golf TLC.

The top price face, scalp and back treatment (£73) offers 80 minutes of restorative care, working on energy points. Even if you don’t understand the science, just lie back and enjoy the cleansing, exfoliation and back massage. A scalp and facial massage is included.

There is a “life saving” back treatment (£49), involving enveloping “marine mud,” designed to boost circulation and “cell renewal.” Should you want to look your best for the press photographers on the 18th green, having just set a new course record, then the Blitz Facial (£45) could be the one for you. Some 50 minutes of treatment promises to iron out shaving irritations, pallid skin and general crustiness.

Having an immaculate complexion, I opted for the marginally more rigorous Swedish massage (£45), a full body pummelling designed to inject deeper pressure into tired and knotted muscles.

It’s an hour of brain-floating bliss. Lisa picked out Clarins’ “Relax” body treatment oil, which incorporates plant extracts and does exactly what it promises – in the right hands, that is.

Because it can be so tiring walking from your suite to the spa (I stayed overnight at The Belfry), it made sense to have the Gentleman’s “Full Time” Pedicure (£42) after my massage.

I slightly lost track of the order of things but recall having my feet gently scrubbed (who’d have thought the average size 8.5 could carry around so much unwanted skin?), my nails trimmed and my cuticles made ship-shape and Brabazon-ready.

There was a warm paraffin wax, which turns hardened skin to the tenderness of a newborn’s pink feet, and an ohh-so-lovely massage with a tea tree lotion that turned to oil under Lisa’s gentle hands. It’s an ideal way to soothe a golfers’ aching little tootsies.

After a meal in the hotel’s French Restaurant, I bedded down for the night in one of the suites, which have king-sized beds as large as giant bunkers (but far more comfortable) and stunning views of the course. Dressed in a robe and sipping a glass of Champagne, I pattered out on to the terrace, looked down the first fairway, rubbed my soft feet and wondered if I should have gone for the toenail varnish option.

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