Hospitality sales for next year’s Open at Royal St George’s in Kent have started with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (R&A) providing an interactive virtual tour of the facilities and experience on offer.
Following the cancellation of this year’s Open at the Sandwich venue due to the Covid-19 pandemic, tickets and hospitality packages were transferred to the 2021 edition, but fans were also entitled to a full refund.
To accompany the launch, the R&A has provided a virtual tour of the ‘Origins Hospitality’ service launched last year.
Brett Tonkyn, head of hospitality at the R&A, said: “Our Origins Hospitality packages are now on general sale for fans to book their place at The 149th Open next year and we have introduced new virtual tours to give fans a real feel for the unique experience of attending The Open as hospitality guests.
“We are pleased that many of our customers have opted to transfer their bookings to 2021 following cancellation of The Open this year, demonstrating the demand among fans to be part of the world’s greatest sporting events.”
The Origins Hospitality offerings are split into four different packages: Champions, Engravers, Caddies and Scorers.
A competition day ticket for the Champions package ranges from £1,250 (€1,383/$1634) to £1,600 per person (excluding VAT), with the Engravers package priced from £925 to £1,005 per person. The Caddies offering ranges from £700 to £900 per person on a competition day, while the Scorers premium package costs £500 to £550 per person (with the standard Scorers package costing £400 to £450 per person).
At the start of the week, the R&A announced that it was organising a live esports exhibition match between leading UK golfers Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell to stir additional interest in its ‘e-Open’ tournament.