Open 2015: R&A slashes food & drink prices

Fans will get a cheaper Open experience at St Andrews in July

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015

Open 2015: R&A slashes food & drink prices

Food and drink at the 2015 Open will be subsidised by the R&A, leading to a significant reduction in prices.

Golf’s governing body are spending £150,000 to subsidise catering at St Andrews, following criticism of prices in recent years.

“This is something we’ve been looking at for a while,” Mike Wells, the Open Championship’s director of staging, told the Scotsman.

Two years ago, the Open suffered a significant fall in attendance when staged at Muirfield.

This year, the “Home of Golf” will boast the largest arena in the history of golf’s oldest major.

Selection of prices:

Fish and Chips: £8.50 (£2 reduction)
Bottle of water: £1.50 (£2 reduction)
Pint of beer: £4.80 (remains the same)

Food and drink at the 2015 Open will be cheaper than in previous years after the R&A announced it would subsidise on-course catering.

The Open organiser is pumping £150,000 into food and drink at St Andrews, following criticism of prices in recent years.

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Two years ago, the Open suffered a significant fall in attendance when staged at Muirfield.

The R&A was expecting 160,000 fans, but a total of 142,036 made the trip to East Lothian.

Organisers blamed the hot weather and a clash with other sporting events such as the Tour de France and Ashes, but acknowledged they needed to make the open a more attractive proposition for visitors.

“This is something we’ve been looking at for a while,” said Mike Wells, the Open Championship’s director of staging.

This year, the “Home of Golf” will boast the largest arena in the history of the Open, allowing almost 10,000 spectators to watch from seats on the first, 17th and 18th holes. 

Day tickets for the event will cost adults £70 before 31 May, while practice days cost £10.

Selection of prices:

Fish and Chips: £8.50 (£2 reduction)
Bottle of water: £1.50 (£2 reduction)
Pint of beer: £4.80 (remains the same)