This week, the oldest and biggest championship in golf has come to Dundee and Angus.
Sleeperz Hotel Dundee is packed with guests this week and most have come to watch the 147th Open at Carnoustie Golf Links.
To make life easier for our hotel guests, we’ve invited golf blogger Matthew Moore of Global Golfer Magazine, to write a brief guide to help you make the most of watching the world’s best golfers in full swing – from travel advice to post-golf Dundee nightlife.
Start the day the right way
Days at The Open are long and tiring so starting your day with a big energy-boosting breakfast is a smart choice.
At Sleeperz Hotel Dundee, you can set yourself up with a full cooked breakfast, bean-to-cup and barista coffee and a range of continental and cold options – from gluten free porridge – to cooked meats, cheeses, fruits and natural yoghurt.
Hop on a Train
The hotel is located above Dundee Railway Station and is closest to Scot Rail’s hourly train services to Carnoustie Golf Links.
They are running an enhanced timetable between July 19-22nd and it’s a far easier way to travel to the venue than by car or on the bus.
Click here for everything you need to know on Scot Rail’s Open Services.
ScotRail advises you buy tickets in advance and collect them from ticketing machines on the day, to reduce time spent queueing to buy tickets.
The train station at Carnoustie is only a five-minute walk from the course along the coast road with beautiful and stunning views of the North Sea.
Another benefit to travelling by train is that you can enjoy a few drinks at the course and make the most of the famous Open atmosphere and hospitality.
Remember the Essentials
Here are some things you simply can’t do without at The Open, so remember to pack them before you go!
- Tickets – obviously!
- Waterproofs or an umbrella – It’s The Open, expect changeable weather
- Water/ drinks – long days on the links can cause dehydration
- Headphones and a fully charged smartphone or pocket radio – make the most of the Open Golf radio service to keep up with tournament news
- Sturdy sensible shoes
- Binoculars are great for getting a close up – especially when sitting in the grandstands
- Money – there are cash points at The Open – but carry enough cash in case you find yourself starving at the far reaches of the golf course
Make a Plan
There is so much to see and do at The Open and days fly by fast, so it helps to make a plan before you get there.
Don’t miss the invaluable advice on the official Open Golf Website:
- Follow your favourite players and try and see one group play the course in full – make sure you buy a draw-sheet and official programme so that you know exactly who is teeing off when
- Choose a strategic vantage point out on the course where you can see lots of players play 2 or 3 different holes
- Choose one of the biggest grandstands, like the 18th hole, and watch every group play through. If you decide on this, get there early to secure a great seat
- Spend time at the practice range watching your favourite players warm up
- See it all on the big screens at The Open Spectator Village with easy access to bars, food, The Open Shop and the HSBC Golf Zone
- Be one of the lucky few who head for Corporate Hospitality
There are lots of ways to enjoy The Open and so many fun things to do while you are there.
You can buy official branded Open clothing from preferred brands like Hugo Boss, Ahead and ProQuip in the Open Shop, get free golf lessons from PGA Professionals or get items signed by your golfing heroes in The Autograph Zone.
WiFi is available out on the golf course so if you have the SkyGO App on your phone you can watch a lot of the TV coverage on your phone during rest periods or downtimes.
Watching The Open is an absolute joy but they are long days in the sunshine.
If you want to steal a march on the crowds who will wait for the final putt to be holed, leave a little early and take the train back to Dundee.
Refresh and recharge the Sleeperz Way
Refresh and recharge with a hot shower at Sleeperz Dundee. You even have a choice of a Monsoon shower or a pivoting wand head.
Too tired to go out? Then stay and enjoy the new Sleeperz lounge bar and restaurant, with views over Dundee Waterfront, The VandA Museum of Design Dundee and Slessor Gardens.
The hotel serves an all-day menu of classics from burgers, steaks, Indian and Thai curry to wood-fired pizzas and healthy salads. Check out the menu here
Enjoy a dram at the 19th Hole
Sleeperz lounge bar is also a great place to enjoy some post golf drinks, especially as there is a selection of 60 outstanding Scottish single malt whiskies – from Island to Highland and lowland distilleries.
You can also enjoy a refreshing Dundee Gin with Fever Tree tonics or a range of wines from New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina and Italy.
If you’ve still got the energy and want to head out, then here are six suggestions from the guys and girls at the Dundee Evening Telegraph on how to get a party started in Dundee.
Tagging on some Tee-Times?
If you’re aiming to tag on some golf of your own to your Open trip, then you’re staying in just the right place.
As well as the many great courses in Dundee and Angus, you are only 15 mins by train from St Andrews, ‘The Home of Golf,’ and the seven courses operated by The St Andrews Links Trust. Within an hours’ drive is Gleneagles, considered one of the finest golf resorts in the world and venue of The 2014 Ryder Cup.
Sleeperz Hotel Dundee has storage space and a drying room for golf clubs, trolleys and battery charging, so you’ve got that taken care of.
If you’re staying with Sleeperz Hotels in Dundee for The 147th Open, have a great time and we hope you found this short guide useful.
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