Spectator Advice

Spectator Advice

FORMAT FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP

156 competitors will play 36 holes of stroke play on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 July. The leading 70 players and ties will play a further 36 holes on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July. The Champion will be the player with the lowest 72 hole aggregate. In the event of a tie, the players will play a four hole play-off. The Champion will be the player with the lowest four hole aggregate. If there is still a tie, play will continue over the 18th until a winner emerges. The presentation ceremony will be held immediately after the conclusion of play.

GATE OPENING TIMES

Approximate daily opening times:

  • Sunday 13 July — 9.00am
  • Monday 14 July — 7.00am
  • Tuesday 15 July — 7.00am
  • Wednesday 16 July — 7.00am
  • Thursday 17 July — 6.00am
  • Friday 18 July — 6.00am
  • Saturday 19 July — 7.00am
  • Sunday 20 July — 7.00am

HOURS OF PLAY

(*denotes approximate times)

Daily tee times are as follows:

  • Sunday 13 to Wednesday 16 July — Players practising throughout the day. Information will be available at TheOpen.com and will be displayed on Practice Starting Times boards.
  • Thursday 17 July — First Tee Time: 6.30am Last Tee Time: 4.21pm
  • Friday 18 July — First Tee Time: 6.30am Last Tee Time: 4.21pm
  • Saturday 19 July — First Tee Time: 9.00am*. Last Tee Time: 3.00pm
  • Sunday 20 July — First Tee Time: 8.30am*. Last Tee Time: 2.30pm

CORPORATE HOSPITALITY

For further details about Official Hospitality, please use the following contact details.

Tel: 0844 371 0883

Email: hospitality@TheOpen.com

Website: TheOpen.com/hospitality

ACCOMMODATION

For information regarding hotel and bed & breakfast accommodation, plus information for those seeking private accommodation by way of renting houses, please go to TheOpen.com/accommodation or email enquiries@StayatTheOpen.com

TOURIST INFORMATION

For information on events, shopping and attractions visit the official tourist board website for Liverpool at VisitLiverpool.com

MOBILE DEVICE APPS

A complimentary Wi-Fi network, providing access to The Open App, will be available, enabling spectators to keep up-to-date with all the action around the course. A host of official iPad, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows 8 mobile Apps can be downloaded in June via Apps.TheOpen.com.

MOBILE DEVICE & CAMERA POLICY

A strict policy will be in place to ensure play is not disrupted in any way.

• All devices must be in SILENT mode at all times.
• Calls must be placed or received in approved designated areas, referred to as “Mobile Device Zones”.
• No audio or video capture is permitted at any time.
• No still photography is permitted on Championship Days.
• Data use (e.g. texting, e-mail, website access, etc) is permitted throughout the golf course. Volume must be muted at all times.

Spectators who breach any provision of this policy will be subject to the terms and conditions of ticket sales.

GRANDSTANDS

Approximately 21,000 Public seats will be located around the course and at the Practice Ground and will be free of charge to all spectators. A limited number of reserved grandstand seats at the 18th green can be purchased in advance.

For wheelchairs accessible grandstands please see ‘Facilities for the Disabled’.

AUTOGRAPHS

To assist players, a specific autograph area will be designated and signposted at The Open.

SCOREBOARDS

A comprehensive service throughout the course and Tented Village will keep spectators fully informed.

LARGE SCREENS

Keep up-to-date with the action on the large screens located at selected greens and in the Tented Village.

FACILITIES FOR THE DISABLED

The R&A endeavours to provide a standard of accessible facilities for visitors and spectators with disability, including those using a wheelchair.

Wheelchair friendly stands are available at the 8th, 15th, 17th and 18th greens. Some areas on the golf course are unsuitable for many spectators, particularly those in wheelchairs, with rough and sloping ground which can become soft and slippery in wet conditions. However, a number of areas on the golf course are more suitable than others for wheelchair users, with a central tarmac path crossing specific points on the course, including the 1st Green, 5th Green, 8th Green, 8th Tee, 9th Tee, 15th Green, 17th tee and 17th Green. Marshals have been requested to assist in asking spectators to allow wheelchair users to access the front of the rope line where possible.

Wheelchair-accessible toilets will be provided in the Tented Villages and out on course. The majority of catering facilities, merchandise tents and spectator experience areas will be accessible for wheelchair users.

Information regarding Disabled parking can be found here.

If you have limited mobility and would like further information concerning provision for wheelchair users, please call The R&A Ticket Office +44 (0) 01334 460000.

SAFETY

Please be reminded that under wet conditions the ground may become slippery and appropriate footwear should be worn. Observe the instructions of marshals at all times when on-course and on grandstands.

MEDICAL AND FIRST AID

Full medical and first aid facilities will be available at several points around the course and in the Tented Village.

NO STEP LADDERS

Step ladders or similar are not permitted within the paygates.

NO PETS

Pets are not permitted within the paygates and we respectfully suggest that you do not leave your pet in the car.

INFORMATION CENTRE

Situated within the Tented Village, the Information Centre can offer assistance with travel and general enquiries, including information about The Open 2015 at St Andrews.

LEFT LUGGAGE FACILITIES

There will be several complimentary left luggage facilities located throughout the Tented Village, operated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that security bag searches may be in operation.

CATERING FACILITIES

There are many licensed catering points both on course and within the Tented Village.

CRECHE FACILITY

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide this facility for children of the general public, given the size of the expected crowd.

OFFICIAL PROGRAMMES

Programmes may be purchased from kiosks at The Open. In addition, they will be available by post from Friday 11 July 2014. Ring Freephone number 0808 100 7377 with your credit or debit card details. Alternatively, you can order on the internet from TheOpen.com or thepplgroup.com

BINOCULARS

Nikon is a Patron of The Open Championship and a full range of binoculars is available for sale or hire from the Nikon Marquee in the Tented Village.

THE R&A SWINGZONE

Free golf lessons are available all week from PGA professionals in The R&A Swingzone.

HSBC GOLF ZONE

Back for the fourth time is the hugely popular HSBC Golf Zone which gives all spectators the opportunity to test out their golf skills and the chance to win a host of daily prizes. The HSBC Golf Zone is free of charge and welcomes all spectators.

THE OPEN SHOP

This will feature the exclusively designed and produced Open Collection for men, women and children including apparel, headwear, outerwear and golf accessories. Ralph Lauren, Official Outfitter to The Open Championship, will also present their RLX Golf, Polo Golf and Ralph Lauren Golf ranges. Free bag drop, personalisation station, onward shipping and VAT refund facilities will be available.

BANKING SERVICE

HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. As a Patron of The Open Championship, HSBC will provide a full service HSBC branch in the Tented Village enabling spectators to access money, free of charge, from several ATMs. Additionally, Personal Advisers will be on hand to discuss any business, personal and foreign exchange requirements. HSBC Premier customers can enjoy complimentary refreshments in the HSBC Premier lounge located within the branch. Opening hours are 8.00 a.m. — 6.00 p.m. Sunday 13 — Sunday 20 July.

MASTERCARD

Mastercard

In the run-up to the Championship, there will be chances to win Priceless experiences, privileged access and unique offers courtesy of MasterCard. To find out more go to TheOpen.com/mastercard and be sure to visit the MasterCard Club in the Tented Village.

FAQ’s

Q: Can I bring my own food and drink to the Championship?

A: Yes you can.

Q: Can I bring a buggy/pushchair to the Championship?

A: Yes you can. However, please be aware of the uneven terrain.

Q: I can no longer attend the Championship. Can tickets be returned, if so how?

A: Please contact The R&A Ticket Office on 01334 460000 or email tickets@randa.org

Q: I’m travelling to the Championship and I’ve forgotten my tickets, what can I do?

A: Please contact The R&A Ticket Office on 01334 460000

Q: Do you sell discounted or twilight tickets?

A: There is an early season price on general admission tickets if you purchase before the end of May 2014. There are no twilight tickets available

Q: What is the cost of parking a Motorcycle and is there a designated area?

A: Motorcycle parking charges are exactly the same as cars. Please see ‘Travel to the Course’ within Information Tab.

Newsletter
  • Patrons of The Open 2014

    The R&A extends its gratitude to its Patrons for their support of The Open Championship.

  • Doosan
  • HSBC
  • Mastercard
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Nikon
  • NTT DATA
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Rolex

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