29th January 2018, St Andrews, Scotland: A new and unparalleled experience at golf’s first championship, The Open, is now available to golf fans around the world through a partnership with QuintEvents, the industry leader in major-event travel, hospitality and experiential ticket packages.

Launched ahead of The 147th Open at Carnoustie in July, The Open Experiences offers spectators unprecedented access to The Open and exclusive playing privileges at some of the most famous golfing destinations in Scotland, the home of golf.

The Open Experiences and nwill be promoted jointly by The R&A and QuintEvents International, which counts Formula 1, The Kentucky Derby, College Football Playoff, The Super Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame and The Players Championship among its partners.

Malcolm Booth, Sales & Marketing Director at The R&A, said, “We are excited to offer a new opportunity for fans from all over the world to get closer to golf’s oldest championship and experience The Open from a unique perspective.

“QuintEvents International’s industry expertise will ensure those lucky enough to take part in The Open Experiences at Carnoustie enjoy truly world class service and an unparalleled view of The 147th Open.”

Keith Bruce, President of QuintEvents International and former CEO of The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee in San Francisco, added, “We’ve been able to bring people closer to the sports they love by creating insider access to some of the world’s most prominent events.

“The Open Experiences is great example, where we will create opportunities for golf fans to see and experience The Open with unprecedented access and outstanding hospitality. The Open is at the pinnacle of sport and we look forward to establishing a brand new program that reflects the heritage and world renowned quality of this truly authentic celebration of golf.”
The Open Experiences will feature exclusive golfing opportunities, world class hotel accommodation, immersive tours, behind the scenes access, spectating viewpoints, and VIP hospitality including bespoke events attended by Champion Golfers. Two-time Champion Golfer of the Year, Padraig Harrington, whose 2007 victory came the last time The Open was played at Carnoustie, will be the special guest Saturday night at the exclusive Open Experiences Party.

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and present individuals and businesses with unique and special experiential opportunities at The Open. The Open Experiences packages guarantee authenticity and includes behind the scenes access and facilities unavailable through any other source.

The “Ultimate Open Experience” package features access to the famed Hogan Balcony in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel overlooking the 18th hole, rounds of golf at St Andrews Links and Carnoustie, and a weekend of VIP hospitality, experiences and access watching The 147th Open at Carnoustie from the Hogan Suite. That package also includes attendance at The Open Experiences Party and a visit to the Headquarters of The R&A in St Andrews during The Open.

“The Tradition” package provides access to a private suite on the 18th tee at Carnoustie and includes a photo opportunity with The Claret Jug, the iconic trophy, presented to the Champion Golfer of the Year at The Open each year, as well as access to The Open Experiences Party and other exclusive experiences and tours. Ends.


QuintEvents International

QuintEvents International was established in 2017 to manage QuintEvents’ Formula 1 partnership, which encompasses 20 events in major cities around the world. QuintEvents is the 12-year-old, industry-leading travel/experience company servicing an array of 17 partnerships and almost 100 sports and entertainment events.


24 February 2016, St Andrews, Scotland:

Four of the UK’s finest golf courses will become Final Qualifying venues for The 147TH Open in 2018.

Qualifying for golf’s oldest and most international Major Championship will take place at Notts (Hollinwell) in Nottinghamshire, Prince’s Golf Club in Kent, The Renaissance Club in East Lothian, and St Annes Old Links in Lancashire from 2018 until 2021.

The new venues cover the north-west, central and southern regions of England and Scotland to make the qualifying events as accessible as possible for players. They will replace the current venues – Woburn, Royal Cinque Ports, Gailes Links and Hillside – where this year there will be twelve places in total available from these venues with a starting field of 288 players

At Final Qualifying in 2015, among those who secured their places in The 144TH Open at St Andrews were two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen, Irishman Paul Dunne, who went on to lead the Championship after the third round and played in the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team, and his fellow Walker Cup player American Jordan Niebrugge, who went on to finish tied sixth and win the Silver Medal as the leading amateur.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, said, “Final Qualifying is a hugely important part of The Open and provides a gripping spectacle as leading Tour players compete with club professionals and elite amateurs for places in the Championship. The success that Jordan and Paul enjoyed last year shows just what is possible for those who qualify and gives players a huge incentive to follow in their footsteps.

“We very much appreciate the support we have received at the current Final Qualifying venues and look forward to moving on to four outstanding new venues in 2018.”

Notts Hollinwell has hosted professional Tour events, including the Dunlop Masters, and was the venue for the Brabazon Trophy in 2015. Matthew Fitzpatrick won the Boys Amateur Championship there in 2012.

Gene Sarazen became the Champion Golfer of the Year at Prince’s, when it hosted The Open in 1932. The course has also been joint host of The Amateur Championship on two occasions, the Curtis Cup in 1956 and the 2006 Ladies’ British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.  It will also host the St Andrews Trophy (20 and 21 July) and the Jacques Leglise Trophy (26 and 27 August) this year.

The Renaissance Club opened in 2004 and, along with neighbouring Muirfield, will host the Boys Amateur Championship this year.

St Annes Old Links was a qualifying venue for The Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012 and has held a number of elite amateur events including the English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship last year.