By Anne Filshie. Anne is the Group Director of Operations at PerryGolf.
With Rory McIlroy leading the European Tour order of merit, we decided to travel out for the inaugural ‘Race to Dubai’ – the deciding event. Rory and Ross McGowan are two players whom we know well and wanted to go and support, so we decided to travel on British Airways from Glasgow via Heathrow to Dubai. This gave me my second experience travelling through Heathrow’s brand new Terminal Five. Pretty much the entire British Airways service is based at T5, and while they had their share of teething problems, it is a particularly slick operation. From the main building there are two smaller terminals, easily reached by a continuous monorail. Apparently the underground luggage transport system is amazing to see, and my experience would be that it works efficiently even with a very short connection time.
On the way out to Dubai (as the flight was overnight) we took a 6pm flight to Heathrow to allow us time to have dinner in the BA lounge; we then enjoyed the fantastic experience of First Class. British Airways Club Class and First Class are utterly excellent, and the service is exceptionally good. Nothing beats the flat beds; you get a great sleep, and do not miss a minute of your holiday no matter if you travel east or west. We arrived into Dubai on the Friday morning, travelled straight to the golf course and watched golf all day.
I am very impressed with Terminal Five, lovely experience.
As for the golf…well Lee Westwood was on fire and won the tournament, with Ross McGowan taking second place, and Rory McIlroy third; so it turned out a fantastic result for Ross and Rory’s Scottish fans !