The hosts of one of golf’s most famous Majors are putting hospitality to the ‘fore’ in 2015.
Following the highly successful 2014 Open at Royal Liverpool this month (July), the catering team behind next year’s event has unveiled a raft of hospitality packages for fans keen to enjoy a slice of the action in 2015.
Next year’s Open Championship, the highlight of the golfing calendar, will be held at the home of the sport and near The Royal and Ancient Golf Club; at St Andrews Links, Scotland.
And, along with watching some of the world’s top golfers compete for the title, lovers of the game will be able to enjoy some of the finest Scottish hospitality in a range of spectacular settings.
All the packages, created by the event’s official caterer and hospitality provider, Sodexo Prestige, include an official admission ticket, parking pass, TV coverage of play, breakfast and all day refreshments.
Sodexo Prestige has also created an official hospitality village, specifically for The Open 2015, next to the 16th hole, for fans who don’t want to miss any of the action.
The village will house a range of private chalets, designed for groups of 30 or more, which can be customised with corporate branding and offer a complimentary bar throughout the day, along with a cooked Scottish breakfast and morning newspapers.
This will be followed by a Champagne reception and canapés, four course gourmet lunch, afternoon tea and refreshments and snacks to take on to the course.
The Hospitality Village will also house The Champions Club – purpose built for those who want to spend as much time as possible experiencing the atmosphere and action of the championship.
This package incorporates outdoor areas with putting greens, a large bar and big screens capturing all the play, live. The Champions Club is able to offer informal, buffet style catering allowing guests to come and go as they please with direct access to the course.
Away from the Village, guests at The Road Hole Restaurant, on the fourth floor of The Old Course Hotel and at the Rocca & R Bar in Rusacks Hotel, overlooking the 18th green and fairway, will be served a formal lunch and traditional Scottish afternoon tea and enjoy a full, complimentary bar throughout the day.
Alternatively, those looking for a more informal atmosphere can spend the day at The Jigger Inn – alongside the par four – or St Andrews’ first gastro pub, The One Under.
Fans can also opt to enjoy the action from The Hall of Champions in the five red star Old Course Hotel, where a buffet lunch will be served. The hotel also offers private suites, catering for between 20 and 50 guests overlooking the Old Course’s 17th fairway for those looking to hosts guests in a private area.