What’s the Best Private Jet for an Avid Golfer?
31 August 2018
Before we start I’m going to set a few parameters to narrow down our search. The main rule is that you can get to and from the course in a day. So no crazy 12-hour flights to play 18 holes. Now I’m sure there are many of you out there who’d jump at that, but we are all for keeping harmony with the significant other.
Ok so now we’ve agreed that it’s there and back in a day we can really start driving down into the detail on what will be the perfect private jet for the avid golfer.
The first thing we need to cater for is the golf bag. They are a little bigger than the carry on bag you may take on a short business trip on a Citation Mustang. So, we need to have an aircraft that has a big enough luggage capacity to cater for your bag. You will be walking around with it all day and won’t want it facing you on the seat opposite. In light of this, that rules out light aircraft jets from our search.
Now to the golf courses; if you are golfing most weekends then you’ll want to be exploring new and challenging courses. These courses, as highlighted in our article about the world's remotest golf courses, can be a challenge to get too. How do we get around this and reach some of the more far flung courses?
We need to have an aircraft with good range but doesn’t require a long runway. This will enable us to land and take off from many more airfields getting us closer to the virgin 18. This is going to rule out the heavy jets such as the Global Express and Gulfstream 650.
So, we are finally narrowing down which aircraft is the ideal choice. Now the super light, light and ultra-long-range jets are out of the question, it gets a bit more tricky as performance, cabin, luggage space really come into play and vary greatly. Let’s start off by ruling out something with the smallest luggage capacity. This means the fastest of all our options the Learjet 60 miss out their luggage capacity is up too 40% smaller than the competition. How else are we going to whittle it down? Well as any sportsman knows being fresh and relaxed before playing is mightily important so we want something that gives us a little room to breathe and walk around a little. This rules out the Citation Excel and XLS. With the cabin height under 6ft it's going to be a little cramped for us taller folk.
As we are now giving cabin size the priority then we really are homing in our search to the super mid-size aircraft and maybe some high performing large jets with regards to take-off and landing. Without beating around the bush let's nail down the best options. These are: the Hawker 4000, which has a good size cabin and great luggage capacity; the Challenger 300 which is almost identical cabin size and luggage capacity as the Hawker; and drum roll please…… the best private jet for the golf fantatic is The Legacy 500. This offers an even larger cabin space and luggage capacity than the Challenger and the Hawker. Who really wants to play golf on their own? It can also land and take off on the tightest of runways, requiring just 1,600m to take off and 657m to land.
If you have a golf trip coming up then get in touch, and after your flight you can tell me if you think I was right or not.