NFL London 2018: Every True Sports Fans Dream Trip
Football is in the air! American football, that is (although the Premier League is in full force right now as well for you Anglophiles). Summer is winding down which can only mean one thing: the NFL season is finally underway! This season promises to be one for the ages.
Will the Patriots repeat? Will Matthew Stafford live up to the hype? Who will stand out among the rookie quarterbacks? When will Andrew Luck return to action? Will the Falcons recover from last year’s Super Bowl fumble (pun intended)? These are just a few of the questions on football fans’ minds. And the answer to all is: only time will tell.
The much-anticipated 2017 NFL season kicked off Thursday night as the Kansas City Chiefs stunned the reigning champion New England Patriots with a 42-27 victory. It now seems like ages ago that Tom Brady captured his fifth ring.
For those passionate about both football and golf, we’ve put together the ultimate sports itinerary combining the best of both worlds. You can attend an NFL game in London and play some of the world’s finest courses. Keep reading for a sample itinerary.
Day One: Brush up on British slang during the transatlantic flight to Manchester. Journey to Liverpool via car or helicopter. Avoid jetlag by previewing 2019 Walker Cup venue Royal Liverpool. Golf historians may recall in 1921 Royal Liverpool hosted the first international match between Great Britain and the United States which, of course, became the Walker Cup. The second oldest seaside course in England has more than stood the test of time etching its place in history and continuing to remain relevant as a member of The Open Championship rota.
After your round, unwind at the opulent Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa and settle into your room. You’ll likely want to explore the property and experience the newly refurbished swimming pool, steam room and / or Himalayan salt sauna. Don’t worry, you’ll be calling Formby Hall home for the next few days giving you plenty of time to experience all its wonderful amenities.
Day Two: Test your abilities at Royal Birkdale, home of the 2017 Open. Since World War II, Royal Birkdale has hosted more Championship and International events than any other layout in the world. From the moment you step onto the course it’s easy to see why, this is a “big-league” golf course.
Day Three: Play iconic Royal Lytham & St Annes. Though not quite seaside per se, you’ll find the ocean breeze still affects play on this challenging layout. While not the longest of courses, Royal Lytham features a whopping 206 bunkers and requires equal parts strategy and accurate shots (and a bit of good fortune!).
Day Four: Travel day! Make the trek from Liverpool to London with as many leisurely stops along the way as you’d like. Stop off in Stratford-upon-Avon – the birthplace of William Shakespeare – or Oxford to visit the world-renowned university. Whatever you decide to do, you can be sure your driver will regale you with plenty of entertaining tales along the way. Our guides are the best in the business!
Check into the chic Savoy London, one of London’s most celebrated landmarks. Situated on the Northbank of the River Thames, the five-star hotel has hosted the “Who’s Who” of the world in its long history.
Day Five: Experience a quintessential English golf club in Sunningdale. Founded in 1900, Sunningdale has staged a major championship in every decade of its storied history. Past champions at the historic venue include James Braid, Gary Player, Greg Norman, Judy Rankin, Nancy Lopez, Nick Faldo, Annika Sorenstam and Bernhard Langer.
Day Six: Explore London! Centrally located, the Savoy London is steps from the ballet, opera and theatre while world-renowned museums and galleries are easily reached by foot or taxi.
Day Seven: Surely your anticipation has been building all week, but don’t worry because it’s finally game day! While next year’s NFL U.K. schedule hasn’t been announced just yet, it has been confirmed there will be at least five regular season games split between Wembley Stadium, Twickenham Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium. Set to open next summer, the Hotspur’s new home will feature a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath to be used for NFL games. All three venues are well suited for the excitement and enthusiasm of NFL matchups.
Find out what how much the NFL has grown in London by viewing the video below. Who knows, there may a team calling London home soon…
Day Eight: Depart from Heathrow with myriad stories sure to make even the most casual sports fans envious.