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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.

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.

 
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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. All digital parking tickets are for The Open Park & Ride facilities.

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

Gate Opening Times and Park & Ride Service Times

 

Day  Gates Open  Hours of Play 

 First Service from P&R to The Course

 Last Service from The Course to P&R

Sunday 11 July 9am Throughout the day 8am 8pm
Monday 12 July 7am Throughout the day 6:45am 8pm
Tuesday 13 July 7am Throughout the day 6:45am 8pm
Wednesday 14 July 7am Throughout the day 6:45am 8pm
Thursday 15 July 6am 6:35am-8:30pm estimated 5:45am 10pm
Friday 16 July 6am 6:35am-8:30pm estimated 5:45am 10pm
Saturday 17 July 7am 8am-7pm estimated 6:45am 9pm
Sunday 18 July 7am 8am-7pm estimated 6:45am 9pm

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. 

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 Car

By Rail

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

Trains for The 149th Open will run from London St Pancras International 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, Dover and Folkestone.

All passengers will require a mandatory reservation on certain morning trains from London St Pancras International to Sandwich and all stations along the route during The 149th Open. Reservations will apply from Wednesday 14 July to Sunday 18 July from 06:00 to 10:37 (10:34 on Saturday 17 July) and will guarantee a space on the train but not necessarily a seat. Spaces will sell quickly so please ensure you book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

No reservation is required on the return journey and a managed queuing system will be in place at Sandwich Station to assist passengers with their journey and manage capacity on trains.

Highspeed trains from London St Pancras International 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.

If you require assistance whilst travelling, you can book Passenger Assist online or through Southeastern’s app. Please book at least 6 hours in advance of the start of your journey. If you require assistance between the station and the golf course, details can be obtained by contacting The Open Ticket Office on 01334 460010 or by emailing tickets@randa.org.

For more information on train services and to buy tickets, please visit the Southeastern website.

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.

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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:

By Plane
Travelling from outside the UK

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

More Details

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.

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