VIP helicopter charter company, Apollo Air Services has announced a new selection of golf hopping day trips across the UK, just in time for the end of lockdown 2.0
Leading VIP helicopter charter Apollo Air Services has released a new range of UK “golf hopping” flight packages for those ready to swing into 2021 as we come out of lockdown 2.0, when golf will be permitted once again. Helicopters are an extremely fast and efficient means of travel, meaning golfers wanting to make up for lost time on the green this year, can fit in two golf courses in just one day. From Portrush to Royal Porthcawl, Apollo’s pairings include flights from helipads across the UK including St Andrews, London, Wales and Ireland, linking some of the countries’ best courses. Please see below for a range of Apollo’s current golf hopping prices:
Scotland: Royal Dornoch and Muirfield
Royal Dornoch is spellbinding and many golfers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to this natural links at some point in their lives. It is often quoted as one of the must-play courses. Muirfield, one of the oldest clubs in golf, is a world-famous renowned host to major championships, located in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland, overlooking the Firth of Forth. How to do it: St Andrews to Royal Dornoch: 45 minutes, Royal Dornoch to Muirfield: 50 minutes, Muirfield to St Andrews: 10 minutes. Costs from £6,575+vat (cost includes private charter of a four-seater helicopter for the duration of the day with space for four golf bags)
Ireland: Royal Portrush and Royal County Down
Royal Portrush Golf Club is a private golf club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The 36-hole club has two links courses, the Dunluce Links and the Valley Links. The former is one of the courses on the rota of the Open Championship and last hosted the tournament in 2019. Royal County Down is located in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Against the magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne, the links stretches along the shores of Dundrum Bay, zigzagging back and forth to provide a different vista from virtually every hole. How to do it: Turnberry to Portrush: 30 minutes, Portrush to Royal County Down: 30 minutes, Royal County Down to Turnberry: 30 minutes. Costs from £6,495+vat (cost includes private charter of a four-seater helicopter for the duration of the day with space for four golf bags)
Wales – Royal St David’s and Royal Porthcawl
Nationally and internationally renowned, Royal St David’s is one of Wales’ premier golf courses and is often rated ‘Best golf course in North Wales’. It provides a challenging test of golf in a breathtaking setting in the most beautiful and scenic part of the Principality and dominated by the brooding presence of Harlech Castle. Royal Porthcawl, located off the beaten track, east of Swansea and west of Cardiff is recognised as the Number 1 golf club in Wales with an outstanding links course to rival any throughout the world.
Flight times: How to do it: London to Royal St David’s: 1 hour 5 minutes, Royal St David’s to Royal Porthcawl: 35 minutes, Royal Porthcawl to London: 55 minutes. Costs from £6,850+vat (cost includes private charter of a four-seater helicopter for the duration of the day with space for four golf bags)
Kent: Royal St Georges and Littlestone
The Royal St. Georges Golf Club is host to the 149th Open Championship and has hosted the event on 14 previous occasions. Situated in Sandwich, Kent it is the first club outside of Scotland to host the Championship. Littlestone is a unique and atmospheric Championship Links Course located on the fringe of the Romney Marshes, with the English Channel as the backdrop. How to do it: London to Royal St Georges: 25 minutes, Royal St Georges to Littlestone Golf Club: 10 minutes, Littlestone Golf club to London: 25 minutes. Costs from £3,455+vat (cost includes private charter of a four-seater helicopter for the duration of the day with space for four golf bags)
Midlands: The Belfry and Staverton Park
The Belfry is a historic golf resort, having hosted the Ryder Cup. Located in the heart of England’s West Midlands, surrounded by the enchanting Warwickshire countryside.Staverton Estate Golf Club near Daventry is a mature and championship standard 18-hole golf course set in 150 acres of the Northamptonshire countryside. How to do it: London to Royal St Georges: 25 minutes, Royal St Georges to Littlestone Golf Club: 10 minutes, Littlestone Golf club- London: 25 minute. Costs from £3,655+vat (cost includes private charter of a four-seater helicopter for the duration of the day with space for four golf bags)
* All prices are based on four passengers for helicopter use for one day. Prices exclude landing feeds. Call 01228 573004 for a quote. All travellers are required to adhere to the coronavirus travel guidelines.
Apollo Air Services are the first and only UK helicopter company to fit their aircrafts with ground-breaking air-purification technology, proven to deactivate 99.4% of airborne virus including COVID-19, meaning passengers wanting to ensure they are protected on their trip home, can feel safe in the knowledge that the air they breathe is safe, with no need to wear masks.