A younger generation of golf fans will have a new housing option at this year’s British Open, and it’ll be free.
The 145th British Open will feature The Open Camping Village, a 500-lot camping site strictly for spectators age 25 and under at no charge. The Village will be located at Marr Rugby Club, just a short distance from Royal Troon, and will offer 2-, 4- and 6-person pre-pitched tents. All spectators need is a ticket for the event. A one-day ticket includes two nights stay at the Village.
It gets better. Tents in the Village will offer inflatable mattresses in addition to food, drink and shower facilities.
"The Open is a wonderful opportunity for young fans to get up close to their favourite players and we know this will help inspire future generations to pick up a club and take part themselves," R&A Executive Director of Championships Johnnie Cole-Hamilton said. "Our aim is to make The Open as accessible as possible and the new Camping Village along with discounted Youth Tickets and the Kids Go Free programme are key parts of this commitment."
According to theopen.com, adults with families that include children under the age of 16 will also be allowed entrance to the Village. Tickets for the event are already available, with spectators able to "register their interest" for the camp site in early May.