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These golf travel packages might pair nicely with your trip to an NFL game in London


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September 23, 2016

Avid golfers are always thinking about their next golf trip. It's what we do. Same with many diehard fans of NFL teams.

With the NFL bringing a handful of its games to the United Kingdom in the past couple of years, it has created opportunities for fans to head to the U.K. to check out their favorite team play a regular-season game in a unique setting.

In doing so, some golfers who are big football fans might consider knocking off some bucket-list golf while they're at it. That's why one of the leading golf-tour operators has introduced some packages that might be intriguing to those looking to combine interests.

Three NFL games will be played overseas in October: Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, Oct. 2, New York Giants vs. Los Angeles Rams, Oct. 23, and Cincinnati Bengals vs. Washington Redskins, Oct. 30.

For all of these, Carr Golf, a Golf Digest Editors' Choice winner for best golf-tour operators, is offering packages that start at $2,125 (£1,600), which includes golf at Royal St. George's (one of the courses in the Open rota), Royal Cinque Ports and Princes. (You'll need to get tickets to the football game separately.)

Royal St. George's, also known as Sandwich, last hosted the Open Championship in 2011 -- when 2016 European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke pulled off a surprise win. The quirky links is ranked 45th on Golf Digest's World 100 Greatest courses, and has some great history with Walter Hagen and Harry Vardon both winning two Open titles.

The packages include accommodations at The Lodge at Princes or The Marylebone in London, and what Carr Golf describes as a "luxury coach and driver." If you've traveled to the United Kingdom, you know that arranging transportation is an essential component of the trip. We like the idea of having a "luxury coach" on our side.

For more information on the Golf & Gridiron packages, click here.

Photo by Stephen Szurlej