It’s not long to go till the 141st British Open Championship gets underway in Lancashire at the Royal Lytham & St Anne’s golf club. As the oldest major in professional golf, The Open has an incomparable level of prestige and history surrounding it and perhaps only behind The Masters, is the most coveted prize in golf.
British Open hospitality is in a word superb. There’s a good range on offer to cater for different levels of hospitality, ranging from the informal Open Clubhouse package which features a relaxed bistro style lounge. Or there is the Open Clubhouse package which features live theatre cooking with signature local dishes.
The unique aspect of the British Open I love is the ability one has to walk around, taking in different scenes and atmosphere’s. Quite unlike a seated spectator sport, golf allows you to take in the different course scenery, follow your favourite player as well as soak up the atmosphere in one of the grandstands. I had the pleasure of sitting in one of the 18th green grandstands for the 2011 Open and watching Darren Clarke’s emotional win.
For me the British Open provides hospitality guests a very unique experience. With the course at your disposal to wonder around, as well as the fantastic Hospitality Village as your base, it makes for an excellent day of client entertaining. With that in mind below is a bit of useful information on this year’s Open, including the hours of play and this year’s revised mobile phones rules.
Gate opening times
- Sunday 15 July — 9 am
- Monday 16 July – Wednesday 18 July — 7am
- Thursday 19 July – Friday 20 July — 6am
- Saturday 21 July — 7am
- Sunday 22 July — 7am
Hours of play
Players practicing throughout the day. Information will be available at TheOpen.com and will be displayed on Practice Starting Times boards.
- Thursday 19 July — First Tee Time: 6.30am Last Tee Time: 4.21pm
- Friday 20 July — First Tee Time: 6.30 am Last Tee Time: 4.21pm
- Saturday 21 July — First Tee Time: 9am (approx). Last Tee Time: 3pm
- Sunday 22 July — First Tee Time: 8.30am (approx). Last Tee Time: 2.30pm
There is no strict dress code enforced at the course, however it is advisable to dress smart casual. Golf shoes are also recommended as well as preparing for the weather with sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat or waterproofs and an umbrella.
Your swing badge must be worn at all time to allow re-entry into the Hospitality Village. Note also there are no readmissions into the course! We only offer official hospitality but have heard of clients in the past buying unofficial offsite hospitality only to find on the day that once they leave the facility for the course they can’t go back.
For those of you who like to stay on top of the office, The Open has relaxed rules on mobile phones this year. Essentially phones must always be in silent mode, but you are allowed to use data services such as texting, e-mail, web access throughout the course. Understandably however calls must still be made within the specially designated areas.