Carnoustie is Open for business
The Open is here! The world’s best golfers may not tee off at Carnoustie until Thursday morning but The 147th Open is now officially open for business.
Today sees the opening of the famous old Angus links, as players start to get to grips with the Championship course and spectators can begin to get excited for the week ahead.
With the sun shining, there is no better place to be right now, or in the coming days, than Carnoustie and we’ve got you primed for everything that will be happening on the Scottish coast.
World No.1s and Champion Golfers
From Hogan’s Alley to play-off drama, Carnoustie has offered it all in its seven previous stagings of The Open, so any edge the players can get ahead of Thursday will prove vital.
Spectators can watch the world’s best honing their skills on the range and the putting green or follow them round as they practise on the course itself for the first time.
Some players are opting to fine-tune their links golf at the Scottish Open or teeing it up at the John Deere Classic in Illinois today but many are on site in Angus to start learning about Carnoustie’s inner workings.
World No.1 Dustin Johnson is opting to play a practice round with fellow Americans Kevin Chappell and Beau Hossler on the Championship course, while world No.2 Justin Thomas was teeing off with big-hitting Gary Woodland and world No.5 Jon Rahm was playing alongside Carnoustie course record holder Tommy Fleetwood.
Champion Golfers of the Year past are also testing themselves with Louis Oosthuizen (2010), Darren Clarke (2011), Henrik Stenson (2016) and Champion Golfer the last time The Open visited Carnoustie in 2007 – Padraig Harrington – all playing an 18 on this Sunday.
And after watching his friend Serena Williams contest the ladies’ singles final on centre court at Wimbledon on Saturday, 14-time major winner – and three-time Champion Golfer – Tiger Woods has hot-footed it to Scotland and is practising on site this afternoon.
In addition to watching the best golfers in the world go through their practice rituals, there are plenty of other activities to keep spectators entertained at Carnoustie.
The Spectator Village is a hub all week, with numerous food and beverage outlets and giant TV screens to keep an eye on the golf. It’s home to The Open Shop, so you can look the part at all times, while there is plenty to keep the younger golf fans amused.
The Spectator Village hosts 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.
Or young golf enthusiasts can meet their heroes and have a memento to take away from The Autograph Zone – watch the big screens around the course to see when golfers will be appearing.
The hugely popular HSBC Golf Zone also gives all fans the opportunity to test their golf skills with a chance to win daily prizes.
We’ve created The Open Quiz here, so you can test your Rules of Golf knowledge and compete against your friends.
And while you’re online, why don’t you check out the remaining availability at The Open Camping Village here.
Even if you can’t make it today, make sure you head to Carnoustie later this week to experience everything The Open Championship has to offer.
You can also follow all the action from Carnoustie via TheOpen.com, The Open App and on The Open Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels.