All you need to know about going to the Open

Here is all the information you need about the Open, from getting there, to where to stay and how much it costs

When is it?: July 11-18 (Practice days are July 11-14 and the Championships is July 15-18)

Where is it?: St Andrews Old Course, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

How do I get there?: By road: From the North East take the A1 north and the Edinburgh City bypass signposted for the Forth Bridge. Cross the Forth Road Bridge and follow the M90 to Junction 2A, thereafter follow the A92 to Glenrothes, A911/A915 through Leven and on towards St Andrews. The route will be signed by the AA. You must follow the colour-coded Open labels signage. Clear directions to reserved, public and coach parking are provided at various points along these routes. For further information and traffic alerts, visit the Fife Council’s Open Championship travel website at www.traveltotheopen. com.

There is a park and ride facility on the A91 route near Guardbridge. This will reduce delays for motorists, who can park at reduced rates while travelling free to and from the course on buses, under police escort. The Park and Ride facility will be clearly signposted.

Weekly car parking labels are available at a cost of £50 and are only available in advance from the R&A. Daily car parking, payable on arrival only, is £5 from Sunday, July 11 to Tuesday, July 13, and £10 from Wednesday, July 14 to Sunday, July 18. Discounted car parking will be available in the Park and Ride facility. Operating times are displayed on Daily coach parking, payable on arrival only, is £30.

By rail: Golflink provides rail travel to the Open. It runs from Wednesday, July 14 until Sunday, July 18. A Golflink ticket combines rail travel to Leuchars and a bus link to the course. Golflink tickets are available on 0845 748 4950 or at Scotrail stations and on

Where can I stay?: St Andrews has a great variety of accommodation but, be warned, it can be difficult to get and the closer you are the more expensive it will be. Contact St Andrews Hotels and Guest Houses Association at www.stayin and the St Andrews B&B Association at www.standrews, or Call the Kingdom of Fife Tourist Board on 01334 472 021.

How can I get tickets and how much are they?: Pay at the gates or tickets can be bought in advance by visiting the official website at

Ticket prices: Season tickets (Sunday, July 11 to Sunday, July 18) £240, practice days – July 11: Adults £15, 65+ £10, 16 to 21 £5, under 16 free. July 12: Adults £25, 65+ £15, 16 to 21 £15, under 16 free. July 13: Adults £30, 65+ £25, 16 to 21 £15, under 16 free. July 14: Adults £40, 65+ £30, 16 to 21 £20, under 16 free. Championship Days (July 15-18): Adults £60, +65 £45, 16 to 21 £25, under 16 free.

Free entry for under-16s is only available if they are accompanied by a responsible adult.

Greenside club tickets – only available directly from the R&A – last all week and include access to the course, a reserved seat in an exclusive stand at the 18th Green, access to the Club Marquee (bar, TV, Links Restaurant, snack bar etc) access to the Greenside Club Marquee (lounge and light food area, complimentary tea, coffee and newspapers), a copy of the official programme, an information guide and draw sheet per day, and car park pass.

Reserved grandstand seats – only available directly from The R&A – are available on a weekly basis and must be used in conjunction with a ticket permitting course access. There are public grandstand seats throughout the course which are free of charge, available daily on a first come, first served basis.

Pay gate opening times and the times for the start of play are all on the official website. There are roughly 20,000 grandstand seats located around the course and practice ground.

Where can I watch the action?: You can move freely around the golf course as long as you stay outside the ropes. Controlled crossing points, marked by yellow signposts, should be used when crossing the fairway.

What about disabled access?: An area is reserved for wheelchair users at the first tee/18th green and is operated strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. Wheelchair-accessible toilets are provided in the tented village, to the right of the first fairway, at the ninth green, to the right of the 14th fairway and at the 17th green.

What else should I know?: Anybody coming to the course with their mobile phone will need to leave it at one of the storage facilities by the course entrances. There are plenty of places to eat and drink on site, both on the course and off. Once you’re in the course you can’t leave and then go back in due to security reasons.

If you’re under 16, you can get a free golf lesson from a PGA professional at the Junior Golf Tent.

The Royal Bank of Scotland will be onsite, providing services including ATMs.

What else is there to do?: If you get fed up with the golf or fancy doing something with the family before you go to the golf there is the following:

Visit West Sands Beach: One of two award-winning beaches in St Andrews, West Sands holds a coveted Blue Flag. Only a five-minute walk from the Old Course Hotel, the beach is perfect for walks and hosts a children’s sand-castle building competition during the summer.

St Andrews Botanic Gardens: The gardens contain about 8,000 species of ferns, herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees and has a water garden, heath garden, peat garden, rock garden and glasshouses.

Himalayas: This 18-hole putting green is great fun for adults and children and is a short walk from the Old Course Hotel.

Walking Tours of St Andrews: Take in the historic aspects of the town by touring the university, the castle and the cathedral ruins. Audio-guided historical tours are also available to hire from the Tourist Information Centre on Market Street.

Kite Flying: The award-winning Blue Flag West Sands beach is a popular haunt both with kiting enthusiasts and those just beginning. The beach is only a five-minute walk from the Old Course Hotel and children’s kites can be purchased locally.


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