• It is designed to appeal to the next generation of golf fans
• Will be located just a short walk from Royal Troon
THE OPEN | THE R&A
The R&A has announced there will be free accommodation available at the 145th Open at Royal Troon this July in the form of the Open Camping Village.
Designed to appeal to the next generation of golf fans, the initiative is part of the R&A’s commitment to ensuring the Championship is open to all, with spectators aged 25 under able to take full advantage of the option free of charge.
The Open Camping Village, which will be run by the R&A’s official accommodation partner, will be located a short walk from Royal Troon at Marr Rugby Club. It will feature two, four and six-person pre-pitched tents along with inflatable camping beds for each guest.
There will be 500 camping places available each night with the facility set to be open from July 10-17. There will be food and drink options and shower facilities on-site, as well as free parking. Security will be operating 24 hours a day.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director of championships at the R&A, said: “There will be an exciting festival atmosphere at Troon throughout the week of the Open as thousands of people come together for a true celebration of golf. The new Camping Village will provide a fun and safe accommodation option for young people within easy walking distance of Royal Troon.
“The Open is a wonderful opportunity for young fans to get up close to their favourite players and we know this will help inspire future generations to pick up a club and take part themselves. Our aim is to make the Open as accessible as possible and the new Camping Village along with discounted Youth Tickets and the Kids Go Free programme are key parts of this commitment.”
Families can also take advantage of the free accommodation at the Open Camping Village, with children under the age of 16 required to be accompanied by at least one adult of any age, to a maximum of two adults.
The R&A has appointed two new starters for the Open, David Lancaster and Matt Corker, who will announce the players on the first tee at Royal Troon, replacing long-serving Ivor Robson.
Lancaster will become the Open’s official starter, while Corker will provide support during the several hours that Lancaster sends players off on each of the Championship days.
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