Royal St George's. 11 - 18 July 2021

Getting There

Travelling to The 149th Open

The 149th Open will be played at Royal St George’s Golf Club from Sunday 11 to Sunday 18 July 2021.

It is anticipated that there will be a high number of spectators attending throughout the week. To minimise road traffic congestion, The R&A is asking spectators to consider the use of public transport, which will be significantly enhanced for travel convenience. There will be no public car parking available at Royal St George’s Golf Club or in the immediate area. All public parking will be provided at managed Park & Ride sites.

Local Area Restrictions

To assist with traffic management and reduce congestion in the vicinity of Royal St George’s Golf Club and Sandwich, temporary traffic regulations and parking restrictions will be introduced. These will be enforced by Dover District Council in order to minimise disruption to local residents and businesses, assist traffic flow and increase safety and security for all road users.

 

By Rail

Southeastern provides train services between six London terminal stations and destinations across Kent. It also operates the UK’s only domestic high speed rail service, with 140mph Javelin trains running to and from London St Pancras International.

Trains for The Open will run from London St Pancras International, London Charing Cross and London Bridge to Sandwich – the nearest station to Royal St George’s Golf Club. These trains will also call at stations such as Ashford International, Stratford International and Ebbsfleet International, and connecting services will allow travel to destinations such as Canterbury, Margate, and Folkestone.

Highspeed trains from London St Pancras International will take around 1 hour and 30 minutes to Sandwich, and a dedicated, traffic-free walking route will be provided between the train station and Royal St George's Golf Club, which will take around 15-20 minutes. Arrangements will be made for passengers with reduced mobility. Details can be obtained by contacting The Open Ticket Office on 01334 460010 or by emailing tickets@randa.org.

Train services and stations are expected to be extremely busy during The Open so please ensure you leave plenty of time to travel. For more information on train services and to buy tickets, please visit the Southeastern website

A link to the timetable will be published here in due course.

The Open By Rail

By Bus

Sandwich is part of the local public bus network, which connects to local accommodation hubs such as Canterbury (43 service), Ramsgate (45 service), Deal and Dover (80 & 81 services).

Tickets can be purchased on buses or via the Stagecoach Bus App. Further information on planning your journey, including timetables and tickets valid for multiple journeys, can be found on the Stagecoach Bus website.

By Road

There will be no public car parking at Royal St George’s Golf Club or in the immediate surrounding area. All public parking will be located at The Open Park & Ride facilities, where dedicated buses will be available to transport spectators to the course.

Spectators choosing to travel to the event by car or motorcycle will be directed to The Open Park & Ride sites by Variable Messaging Signs (VMS) and specific black and yellow event signs provided by The AA.

Spectators are advised to switch off satellite navigation systems and follow the appropriate signage.

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Directions

From the North

Leave the M25 at Junction 2, after the Dartford Crossing. Follow the A2 and continue onto to the M2, then continue along the A299 at the end of the motorway and follow signs for The Open Park & Ride.

From the West

From the M25, continue onto the M26 at Junction 5, then merge onto the M20 and follow signs for The Open Park & Ride.

From the South

Follow the A20 towards Dover, then follow signs for the A2 on approach to the port. Continue for 2.5 miles, then leave the A2 to join the A256 and follow signs for The Open Park & Ride.

The Open 2020 by Bus

Car and Motorbike Parking

All public parking will be located at The Open Park & Ride facilities, where dedicated buses will be available to transport people arriving by car or motorbike to the course.

Parking tickets are available to purchase on arrival at a cost of £15 from Sunday 11 to Tuesday 13 July, and £20 from Wednesday 14 to Sunday 18 July. A £5 discount will be applied to tickets purchased in advance (up to the day before).

A limited number of weekly car park passes are available at a cost of £60. Weekly passes are only available in advance from TheOpen.com or by contacting The Open Ticket Office on +44 (0)1334 460010.

Motorbike parking is available at a cost of £5 per day.

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Minibus Parking

Minibus parking is available at a cost of £25 per day for vehicles measuring between 5 metres and 7.99 metres in length and/or with a seat capacity between 10 and 22 seats. Drivers should follow signs to the Coach Park.

Coach Parking

Coach parking is available at a cost of £40 per day for vehicles measuring 8 metres or more in length and/or a seat capacity greater than 22 seats. Drivers should follow signs to the Coach Park.

All minibus and coach parking is located within walking distance of the course.

Spectators with Disabilities

Spectators with mobility impairments or specific accessibility requirements are advised to telephone The Open Ticketing Team in advance on +44 (0) 1334 460010. Our ticketing team will be able to advise the arrangements that will be in place to assist spectators with additional mobility needs.

By Taxi

There will be a designated taxi rank and private hire drop off/pick-up area in operation for The Open from 11-18 July, located within walking distance of the course. Further details will be published here in due course.  

By Air

An official helicopter landing site will be in operation at The 149th Open. For further information and to book, please contact heliops@helimates.com.

Lydd is the closest airport to Royal St George’s Golf Club, located approximately 36 miles (58km) away, and can accept the arrival and departure of charter flights and private jets. Onward executive transfer by limousine or helicopter can be arranged. Please contact 01797 322400, email FAL@lydd-airport.co.uk or visit http://www.lydd-airport.co.uk/business-aviation/executive-handling-and-fbo-services for further information.

Scheduled flights operate to and from a number of airports in southeast England, including:

Travelling from the European Union and the Rest of the World

Further information on short and long haul travel to The Open at Royal St George's

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By Bike

National Cycle Route 1 runs right past Royal St George’s Golf Club and links Sandwich to Deal, Dover, Canterbury and beyond. This route also connects with National Cycle Route 15 in Sandwich, providing a convenient cycle link from the north Kent coast. A cycle park will be provided close to the venue entrance. Please follow signs on approach to the venue. For further information on the cycle network in the local area, please visit the Sustrans website.