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FAQs

Entering the Ticket Ballot

1. How can I purchase tickets at The 150th Open?
For the first time ever at The Open, tickets will not be sold on a first-come first-served basis. Instead, The R&A will be running a Ticket Ballot for The Open at St Andrews. Tickets will not be available to purchase on the day at the gates.
2. How do I apply for tickets in the Ticket Ballot?
Entry to The 150th Open Ticket Ballot will be reserved for members of The One Club. Members of The One Club will be notified when the Ticket Ballot opens and will then be able to login and apply for tickets here. If you are not yet a member of The One Club, it’s not too late to join – you can sign up here.
3. Do I need to apply online?
Yes, the only way to enter the Ticket Ballot is via the ballot pageIf you are experiencing any issues, or require assistance, you can contact us at Tickets@TheOpen.com or by phone at +44 (0)1334 460 010 where our staff will assist.  Please be aware that you will be unable to enter the Ticket Ballot via these routes.
4. Is there a limit to how many times I apply?
Yes. Applications are limited to one per person.
5. How many tickets can I apply for in the Ticket Ballot?
Individuals can apply for up to a maximum of 4 tickets per day of the Championship. Please note that this upper limit includes all types of tickets (Adult, Youth and Junior tickets).
6. Why is there a limit of tickets that I can purchase?
As demand will far exceed the number of available tickets, we want to ensure that as many fans as possible are able to attend the Championship.
7. How old do I need to be to purchase tickets for The Open?
16 years of age on the date of purchase. Please note that anyone under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult at The Open.
8. I wish to change the day I have selected on my application, how do I do this?
Applications can be edited up until the ballot closes on Monday 4th October via the Ticket Ballot application page. Once you have logged into the ballot, follow the link for ‘Edit Application’ located at the top of the page. After the ballot closes, applications will no longer be available to edit.
9. How will I know if my Ticket Ballot application has gone through ok?
All Ticket Ballot applicants will receive a confirmation email which contains a summary of your Ticket Ballot application and outlines the next steps. This should be retained for your records.
10. I can't log in to the Ticket Ballot page. What can I do?
If you have forgotten your password, please select the 'Forgotten Password' link to reset. Please note, the subsequent email can take up to an hour to come through. If this is unsuccessful, please contact The Open Ticket Office on Tickets@TheOpen.com or +44 (0)1334 460 010.
11. I am experiencing issues submitting my application. What do I do?
If you are experiencing any issues, or require assistance, you can contact us at Tickets@TheOpen.com or by phone at +44 (0)1334 460 010 where our staff will assist. Please be aware that you will be unable to enter the Ticket Ballot via these routes.

Ticket Ballot General Information

1. Why is The R&A introducing a Ticket Ballot for The 150th Open?
Our aim is for The 150th Open to be a celebration of one of the world's greatest sporting events. We know that demand for tickets is higher than ever before, with more fans wanting to purchase tickets than there are tickets available to buy. A ticket ballot is therefore the fairest way of allocating tickets for the Championship.
2. What is The One Club?
The One Club is a way for fans of The Open across the world to get closer to golf's original Championship. It’s FREE to join and you will become part of a community able to access a range of benefits and experiences, including priority access to tickets and hospitality for The Open and exclusive offers, competitions, and content. You will need to be a member of The One Club in order to apply for tickets in The 150th Open Ticket Ballot.
3. When does the Ticket Ballot open and close?
The Ticket Ballot will open on Thursday 1 July 2021 and close on Monday 4 October 2021.
4. Is there an upper limit on the number of fans who can attend The Open?
Yes. There is a maximum number of fans who can attend The Open on each day. This number changes at each venue on The Open rota, due to a variety of factors such as space around the golf course, health & safety, transport / travel networks, availability of accommodation and other factors that would impact the overall spectator experience.
5. How will you decide who is successful in the Ticket Ballot?
We want to make sure that the make-up of fans at The 150th Open is diverse, but also reflective of previous Open Championships at St Andrews. For that reason, when running the Ticket Ballot results process, we will make sure that we have a good mix of St Andrews residents and Scottish fans, as well as fans from the rest of the UK and abroad. Additionally, we are also committed to inspiring the next generation of golf fans and we will therefore allocate a significant proportion of tickets to Juniors (Under 16s), through our Kids go Free programme, and Youths (16-24s).
6. Why are there no Weekly or Weekend Tickets available for The 150th Open
Given the high demand for tickets, we are no longer offering multi-day tickets in order to ensure that as many people as possible are able to attend The 150th Open at St Andrews.
7. What are the ticket prices for The 150th Open?
You can find full details of our ticket prices here. Tickets for fans under the age of 16 continue to be free of charge, but will only be allocated via the Ticket Ballot. Youth tickets are half-price.
8. Why have ticket prices increased for The 150th Open?
The prices have increased slightly for The 150th Open but are very reasonable in comparison to many other major sporting events in the UK. We believe they offer excellent value for a day of world class sport. The revenues generated by The Open enable us to invest in growing golf both here in the UK and around the world. By attending the Championships fans are playing their part in sustaining the sport now and in the future.
9. I’ve purchased a ticket to The Open every year for a number of years, will this be taken into account in the Ticket Ballot?
Unfortunately not. The 148th Open at Royal Portrush in 2019 was the first Open Championship where all tickets were sold in advance, and therefore The R&A only have 100% complete ticket purchaser records for the last two Championships. Prior to this, tickets had been available at the gates on the day itself where no contact details were recorded. We are therefore not taking previous ticket purchase history into account as it would not be fair to do so given the data is not complete.
10. How can I reserve a grandstand seat at The 150th Open?
As with previous Open Championships, there will be thousands of unreserved grandstand seats around the course that are free of charge, and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. It will not be possible for ticket holders to pay to reserve a grandstand seat at The 150th Open. However, some of The Open’s official hospitality experiences include a reserved grandstand seat – for information about these products, please email Hospitality@TheOpen.com or you can find out more information online at TheOpen.com/Hospitality2022
11. My personal details have changed since entering the Ticket Ballot. How can I update them?
Personal details can be amended up until the Ticket Ballot closes on Monday 4th October via the Ticket Ballot application page. Once you have logged in to the ballot, follow the link for ‘Edit Personal Details’ located at the top of the page. If you need personal details to be amended after the Ticket Ballot has closed, please contact The Open Ticketing Office on Tickets@TheOpen.com

The 150th Open Tickets

1. When will I know if my application has been successful?
All applicants will be notified via email once the Ticket Ballot application process has been completed in October and November 2021. Please ensure your email is up to date, this can be amended in the ‘My Account’ section of TheOpen.com
2. How do I pay for tickets if I am successful?
Successful applicants will be sent an email with instructions on how to pay for your tickets. You will be directed to login to 'My Account' via TheOpen.com and follow the link to pay. You will need a valid debit or credit card to proceed. Tickets will only be confirmed once full payment has been received. No payment is required at the point of application.
3. Can I still get a discount when paying with a Mastercard?
Yes, enter the code MC150 at the checkout page and pay with a valid Mastercard to receive a £5 discount on the value or your order.
4. When will I receive my tickets?
Tickets for The 150th Open will be despatched via a digital ticketing app. We will notify you when tickets have been dispatched and include information on how to access them. We would expect this to be around 4-6 weeks prior to the Championship. You should ensure that you keep your email address and mobile number up to date on your My Account at TheOpen.com.
5. How can I attend The 150th Open if I am unsuccessful in the Ticket Ballot?
The only ways for fans to be guaranteed entry to The 150th Open is to 1) purchase tickets via The Open Ticket Ballot, 2) purchase The Open’s Official Hospitality experiences, or 3) purchase a ticket or hospitality inclusive package from The Open’s Official Authorised Ticketing and Hospitality Providers. Should any tickets be available once the Ticket Ballot has been completed, they will be offered for sale via TheOpen.com to members of The One Club. We will also be launching The Open’s Official Ticket Re-Sale Site where fans can safely buy and sell any unwanted tickets to The 150th Open at face value prices.
6. What happens if there are tickets still available after the Ticket Ballot?
Should any tickets be available once the Ticket Ballot has been completed, they will be offered for sale via TheOpen.com to members of The One Club.
7. I have been successful in the Ticket Ballot, but no longer want all the tickets that I have been allocated. What can I do?
Successful applications will not be able to pick and choose which tickets they would like to purchase. You will either have to purchase all tickets or none of them. If you choose not to purchase any tickets, your application will be cancelled. You should therefore only apply for the tickets that you are sure you will want.
8. I have been successful in the Ticket Ballot, but I no longer want to attend. What do I do?
If you have been successful in the Ticket Ballot, you will be given a timeframe in which to pay for your tickets. If you choose not to pay for your tickets before the deadline, your application will be cancelled, and the tickets will be offered to other fans.
9. I've paid for my tickets but can no longer attend. Can I re-sell my tickets?
We will be launching The Open’s Official Ticket Re-Sale site once the Ticket Ballot process has been completed. This will be available for any ‘sold out’ days and will allow fans to sell their tickets, for face value, in an official, safe, secure and trusted environment. This ensures fans have an option to re-sell their tickets, if required, and will be able to do so safely and in the knowledge that their tickets are going to genuine fans of The Open.
Selling your tickets via any other means (for example on websites such as Viagogo, eBay, Stubhub, Gumtree) will results in those tickets being cancelled and entry refused at the gates.

Other

1. I wish to add a Car Park pass to my order. How do I do so?
If your Ballot Application has been successful, you will be given the opportunity to add a car park pass to your order prior to payment.
2. I am a Blue Badge holder and require accessible parking. How do I organise this?
If your Ballot Application has been successful and payment for tickets has been made, please contact us at Tickets@TheOpen.com to confirm that you require accessible parking and attach a copy of your blue badge. We will then add a car park pass to your order. If your blue badge is due to expire prior to the event, we ask that you provide an updated copy before the event.