It’s a highlight in any golf fan’s calendar, but The Open is also a giant feather in the cap of the local area in which it is hosted.
And with over 170,000 people expected to descend on Carnoustie between July 15th and 22nd, it is not just the Angus town itself that is to receive a boost.
Council officials predict a £70million injection into the region’s economy during the week of the Championship, as visitors flock to the area to enjoy one of golf’s most-anticipated annual events.
From mouth-watering treats for foodies, lessons from the pros, and the ultimate opportunity for autograph hunters, we round up just some of the things to look forward to at Carnoustie.
1. The Golf!
The renowned Angus links has produced some great Champions in the past. And with some of golf’s biggest names lined up to play next month, including Tiger Woods, fans are in for a real treat. World-class facilities will mean you can easily follow the action, with thousands of public seats located around the course, and all free of charge to spectators.
2. Food and drink
There will be a variety of stands set up around the Spectator Village and on the course selling great-tasting, locally-sourced food, as well as hot and cold drinks. And you don’t have to miss the golf while you hang out in the Spectator Village either, with giant TV screens showing the action live.
3. Fun for kids
As well as gaining free entry, there will be lots for kids to see and do at The Open, whether you’re visiting for the day or even camping there for the week. In the Spectator Village, they can let off steam in the Soft Play Area, try their hand at putting, and put their golf skills to the test in the HSBC Grassroots Skillzone. There will be fun activities all week in the Camping Village, so young ones need never be bored.
4. Autograph hunting
Bring your family to the Autograph Zone and they’ll get the chance to meet their golfing heroes in person as some of the world’s best players take time out with fans. The big screens around the course will let you know when golfers will be appearing.
5. It’s easy to get to
Whether you’re travelling by train, bus or car, Carnoustie is just a short journey, meaning you can get to The Open early to enjoy a full day of great golf and family fun. (See map below)
You can make a week of it at The Open without great expense by staying at the Camping Village, where a range of two, four and six-person tents with inflatable beds are already pitched and waiting for you. Under 25s with a Youth Ticket for The Open go free.
7. Enjoy the area
Visit stayattheopen.com and you can plan a stay to fit any budget close to the action, with lots of options to choose from in Carnoustie and the surrounding area.
8. Get plugged in
Download the mobile app and bring your headphones along and you’ll be able to enjoy live video and radio broadcasts throughout the day to help you keep track of all the action. WiFi is also available on the course.
9. Improve your golf
You can get tips from the experts by visiting the popular Swingzone where a team of PGA professionals will be offering lessons. Visit early to book your slot.
10. Get your kids into golf
One of the best ways to inspire children to try out a sport is to let them see the professionals in action. The Open will be a perfect opportunity to enjoy time with your kids, while letting them try their hand at golf in a fun and friendly environment.
*Be there to experience one of the world’s greatest events on your doorstep. Avoid the queues and secure your ticket today at TheOpen.com/Tickets