5 Reasons to Attend the 2018 Open Championship
If you’ve ever wanted to attend an Open Championship. This year would be a great year to fulfill that dream. The 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie (July 19-22) promises to be one-for-the-ages.
Here are 5 reasons you should attend:
1. Carnoustie Golf Links
While it’s not as visually appealing as other links courses, Carnoustie, or “Car-Nasty” as it’s often called, is a supreme challenge that will provide spectators with some exciting golf from the world’s best players. The last four holes are tough and demanding and usually weed out the pretenders from the contenders. Designed by Allan Robertson and opened as a 10-hole layout in 1842, Carnoustie was expanded to 18 holes by Old Tom Morris in 1857. When people talk about Carnoustie, they’re generally referring to the Championship course. The complex also has two other 18-hole layouts—the Burnside and Buddon. Carnoustie has hosted the Open Championship seven times as well as a Ladies Open and two Senior Opens.
2. Stay in St Andrews
Most visiting spectators to the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie will stay in the village of St Andrews, about 45 minutes to an hour drive away. Brimming with museums, historical sites, restaurants and pubs, St Andrews is very walkable. To be sure, between rounds, spectators have lots to do in St Andrews, which is known as “the home of golf”. Top attractions include the British Open Museum, ruins of St. Andrews Castle, Tower of Holy Trinity, St Andrews University, West Sands Beach and Lade Braes Walk (a scenic public footpath).
3. Four Star accommodations at Hotel du Vin
The Hotel du Vin in St Andrews will be a popular place to stay during the 2018 Open Championship. Located in the heart of Old Town just a couple of blocks from the Old Course, the 36-room boutique hotel has a wide range of larger hotel amenities such as free Wifi, 24-hour room service, same day laundry service, afternoon tee and a bar with an extensive wine list and a sommelier. Hotel du Vin’s classic traditional stone and slate terrace building has beautiful views of the West Sands, which was made famous by the film “Chariots of Fire.” Guest room amenities include large custom-made beds, Egyptian linens, fluffy towels and robes, monsoon showers or roll-top baths and flat screen televisions. Premier Golf offers a fantastic 2018 Open Championship package with accommodations at Hotel du Vin.
4. A chance to PLAY world-class Golf
Premier Golf’s 2018 Open Championship package includes an option for two rounds of golf at Kingsbarns and St. Andrews Castle Course. Premier can also ballot the Old Course upon request. Kingsbarns, which has often been called “the Pebble Beach of Scotland”, has stunning panoramas of the North Sea from virtually every part of the course and the Castle course is laid out on a cliff top with more than a mile of waterfront with awesome views of the the village of St Andrews.
5. See a great champion crowned
Golf icons like Tommy Armour (1931), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968) and Tom Watson (1975) won the Open Championship at Carnoustie. The course has a way of rewarding those at the top of their game. Ironically, one of Carnoustie’s most notable moments was one of futility provided by French golfer Jean van de Velde, who only needed a double-bogey six on the final hole to capture the Open Championship. After a series of buffoonish shots, he scored a triple-bogey seven and then lost in a playoff to Paul Lawrie.