Welcome to The Open

The return of The Open to Royal Birkdale will see one of the great occasions in world sport taking place on the Lancashire coastline providing a unique and memorable atmosphere for spectators.

Experience all the drama and excitement of The Open as the world's best players face the unrelenting challenge of links golf to become the Champion Golfer of the Year. We promise a celebration of golf, bringing together fans of all ages. Our continuing commitment to inspiring the next generation of golfers ensures that children can attend for free, meaning families can enjoy a memorable time together at The Open.

Top Tips for Spectators

1. Download the mobile app and bring your headphones for the live video and radio broadcasts.

2. Check TheOpen.com before departing to the course for the latest travel updates.

3. WiFi is available on the course.

4. Grandstand seats will be located around the course. 

5. Don't forget sunscreen and an umbrella.



The Open is committed to offering a wide variety of sustainable, locally-sourced and healthy food options at catering facilities on course and in the Spectator Village. For more information visit TheOpen.com/Sustainability


Our main catering village will house a traditional fish and chip shop, gourmet burger bar, wood fired pizzeria, a handmade sausage roll shop, The Sandwich Shop and The Open Arms. In addition to the main village, on course you will find a number of hot and cold food outlets as well as coffee and ice cream and refreshment bars.

In The Sandwich Shop, we’ll be making our sandwiches fresh each day. You can also grab a great cup of coffee that is 100% fairtrade.

Across our range of catering outlets at The Open, we aim to offer a menu that celebrates the best of British. We celebrate the provenance of our ingredients and work with local suppliers where possible. The haddock for our fish and chips comes from sustainable MSC certified sources. We’ve developed a signature bacon roll with treacle cured bacon that is sourced from a butcher in the North West. The beef for our burger is sourced from farms in the North West.

Discover Whisky

Discover Glenmorangie, the creative Spirit of The Open, at Glenmorangie House. Learn about Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky from our in-house expert, or relax with a delicious whisky cocktail while catching up on the day’s action.

Champagne Bar

The Open truly is a celebration of golf and there is nowhere better to celebrate with friends and family than in The Open Champagne Bar.


The Open Shop will feature a range of headwear and apparel, outerwear, children’s clothing, luggage, homeware, leather goods and golf accessories.

Personalisation Zone

Select products such as caps, bag tags, luggage and accessories can be personalised on the day with your name, nickname or initials.

Complimentary Shopping Storage

After purchasing your shopping leave your bags at The Shop and collect them at the end of the day on your way home.

UPS Shipping Service

Ship gifts to friends or have your purchases waiting for you when you get home using the UPS shipping service – located at The Shop in the Spectator Village.

VAT Refund

Save time queuing at the airport and claim back your VAT after completing your purchases.



There will be thousands of public seats located around the course including at the 18th green and at the Practice Ground, all free of charge to spectators. There are also a limited number of seats at the 18th green available for purchase in advance.

Spectator Village

Take a break from the course and spend some time at the Spectator Village at Royal Birkdale. With a number of food and beverage offers, dedicated kids play area, and giant TV screens, there is no need to miss any of the golf.

Large Screens

Keep up-to-date with all the action through one of the many electronic leaderboards situated around the course. Or relax and watch the day unfold on the large video screens located in the Spectator Village area.


Family Fun

There are plenty of activities for kids of all ages in the Spectator Village, including The Open Swingzone, the Soft Play Area, the Links Challenge putting challenge and the HSBC Grassroots Skillzone where children can put their golf skills to the test in a fun and friendly environment.

The Autograph Zone

Cherished memories are made at The Open when young fans meet their heroes. Bring your family to the Autograph Zone for a chance to get up close with the world’s best players. Watch the big screens around the course to see when golfers will be appearing.

Free Golf Lessons

A team of expert PGA Professionals provide free golf lessons to spectators all week at the popular Swingzone. Come along early and book a time to avoid disappointment.

HSBC Golf Zone

Back for the seventh year in a row is the hugely popular HSBC Golf Zone that gives all fans the opportunity to test our their golf skills with a chance to win daily prizes.

Other facilities

Official Programmes

Go inside the ropes at The 146th Open with player profiles and features, a course guide and tips on how to play the links at Royal Birkdale, plus spectator advice and event maps so you can make the most of your experience at The Open.

Don’t miss the chance to get your hands on the Official Programme before you arrive at Royal Birkdale.

Please phone 01372 743377 with your credit or debit card details to purchase.

Left Luggage Facilities

There will be a complimentary left luggage facility inside the Spectator Village, operated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that security bag searches may be in operation.

Banking Service

As an official Patron of The Open, HSBC will provide a full service banking branch within the Spectator Village enabling fans to access cash, free of charge, from ATMs.