Charter a Private Jet to the British Open Championship
British Open Championship
Every July, golf enthusiasts line the fairways and greens of links scattered around the United Kingdom to watch the world’s best golfers compete in the British Open, the oldest – and the only one not held in the United States – of the four Major Championships.
Jack Nicklaus won it three times – in 1966, 1970 and 1978.
Tiger Woods won it three times – in 2000, 2005 and 2006.
And, they both won it twice at the site of the 2015 Open, July 12-19, at The Old Course at St Andrews, affectionately called the “Home of Golf.”
Located at the water’s edge in southeast Scotland, St Andrews is a little tough to get to but you can eliminate long trips and heavy traffic by using a private charter flight arranged by Paramount Business Jets.
Sit back and relax on a 550-mile flight from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) or a 282-mile flight from Manchester Airport (MAN) to the closer commercial airports of Glasgow (GLA), which is 81 miles from St Andrews or Edinburgh (EDI), which is 49 miles away.
Or better yet, Paramount can arrange a flight into Dundee Airport (DND), a mere 15 miles from St Andrews, or even a chopper onto the helipad right on the grounds of the Old Course.
- Manston Airport, EGMH, MSE, Manston, United Kingdom (5 miles)
- Lydd Airport, EGMD, LYX, Lydd, United Kingdom (29 miles)
- Calais Dunkerque Airport, LFAC, CQF, Calais, France (33 miles)
- Southend Airport, EGMC, SEN, Southend-On-Sea, United Kingdom (36 miles)
- Le Touquet Paris Plage Airport, LFAT, LTQ, Le Touquet, France (54 miles)
- Koksijde Airport, EBFN, Koksijde, Belgium (57 miles)
- Biggin Hill Airport, EGKB, BQH, Biggin Hill, United Kingdom (58 miles)
- Stapleford, EGSG, Stapleford Tawney, United Kingdom (58 miles)
- London City Airport, EGLC, LCY, London, United Kingdom (59 miles)
- Wattisham Airport, EGUW, Wattisham, United Kingdom (62 miles)
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St Andrews is rich in history. Fourteen courses have hosted the British Open that has been played 144 times, including 28 times at St Andrews.
Eight golfers competed in the first Open on Oct. 17, 1860, at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. They played three rounds on a 12-hole course in one day with the winner given the Challenge Belt, a red leather belt with a silver buckle. After the belt was retired in 1870 – it was given to golfer Tom Morris to keep after winning three consecutive Opens – the trophy became the Claret Jug. The original jug as well as the Challenge Belt, donated by Morris descendants, are on permanent display in the clubhouse of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
Here are some amaze-your-friends facts about St Andrews:
- The 800-year-old Swilcan Bridge on its grounds has become the place legendary golfers bid farewell to the Open. Originally built to provide a link between the harbor and town for merchants and farmers, the iconic landmark has given the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer a beautiful backdrop for their goodbyes.
- The 99th Open in 1970 was the site of what is considered the most famous missed putt in history, prompting one of the most famous golf quotes. Jack Nicklaus won after Doug Sanders, runner up to Nicklaus in the 1966 Open, missed a 3-foot putt, prompting British commentator Henry Longhurst to sigh the immortal words, “And there, but for the grace of God … .”
- In 1978, at the 107th Open, Jack Nicklaus became the first player in the modern era, and the fourth in history (others were Bob Martin, JH Taylor and James Braid), to win two Opens at St Andrews.
- In 1995, at the 124th Open, longshot 29-year-old winner John “Wild Thing” Daly found St Andrews’ windy conditions and huge greens perfect for his power and gentle putting strokes.
- Tiger Woods, in his heyday, captured the first Open title of the new millennium – the first of three in his career -- in the 129th Open in 2000. Coming off a 15-stroke win at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach that year, he won the British Open by eight strokes in front of a record crowd for the week of 230,000. Woods’ won again in 2005, at the 134th Open, making him the fifth player to win twice at St Andrews. He managed to stay out of all the bunkers on the course known for its small and hidden traps.
- Some claim to have seen the ghost of Tom Morris on the course’s famous Swilcan Bridge, a tiny 10-stride stone walkway that spans the Swilcan Burn across the 1st and 18th fairways. It is so revered that a full-size replica is on display at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla.
The final major championship will be held Aug. 13-16, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, Paramount Business Jets can arrange a flight for you there, too.