Top tips to enjoy the Open at Sandwich in 2020
Over 150,000 people will descend on Sandwich’s Royal St Georges golf course for the Open Championship, one of the highlights of the golfing calendar and one of the biggest sporting events in Britain. However, trying to follow all the action when you make a trip to the Open is not an easy task. Here are a few tips to make the most of your trip to Sandwich this year.
The 148th Open Championship this year at Royal Portrush Golf Club, tickets sold out months in advance. This is why golf fans who want to attend the tournament in 2020 or even 2021 have already started their plans. If you want to stay anywhere near the tournament itself, you need to book well ahead of time. Accommodations fill up especially quickly. Most of the rota of courses that host The Open are situated in small communities where there are not necessarily a large amount of hotel rooms, and staying hours away in a larger city can put a damper on watching the tournament. Unfortunately Sandwich falls into this category, so book early.
You’ll also want to make reservations for transportation, meals, and other activities, which will almost certainly also be booked up months in advance.
Purchase tickets from a legitimate source
There are a lot of scams involving counterfeit tickets. It’s best to purchase tickets from an official ticket seller/reseller. The ticket could still be fake, but at least you can get your money back. If you have to purchase a ticket outside the venue from an individual who’s not a licensed ticket broker, tell them that you want to ask see some identification and snap their picture to show the police should the ticket they are selling you be fake.
So if you have been lucky enough to have secured your tickets, accommodation and transport, you then need to make the most of your time at the event.
Do plan each day
The tee times for Thursday and Friday are released well in advance, and the order of play for the weekend will be finalised on Friday and Saturday night. That means you have plenty of time to decide who you want to watch before you arrive. Decide whether you would like to follow one group all the way around the course or find a good vantage point and watch lots of groups come through.
DON’T leave too early
Unless you have a long journey home or need to be away for a certain time, try and stay as long as you can and spend time simply soaking up the atmosphere. Through each day the venue will be a hive of activity, an experience in itself, but come the evening it becomes a calm, serene place. Besides, the last groups do not finish until late, so there will be plenty of golf to watch all evening.
DO come armed with supplies
There are plenty of places to eat and drink around the course, but these are likely to be busy. (venue restrictions may apply). Days at the Open Championship can, and should, be long, so make sure you have plenty of water and food to keep you going throughout the day.
DON’T miss out on 1st or 18th
Whatever your viewing tactics, it would be a shame to spend a day at Royal St Georges and not visit the first tee or the 18th green. Watching the players hit their opening tee shots in any round is extremely worthwhile, and with grandstands all around the 18th the atmosphere there will be electric across the four days. Even if it means waiting in a queue, getting into the stands around both holes will be a great way to spend your time.
DO savour every moment
There are very few sporting events which can top the Open. Visiting the championship is an experience, so make sure you enjoy it and use the day to provide lifelong memories.
We would recommend the official App of The Open, it is available all year round and is updated with the latest news, images and video.
The interactive course guide allows you to track your favourite players around the course with live video streaming, live scoring and video highlights.
A complimentary WiFi network will be available across the course in grandstands and in the Spectator Village.
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