2010 is a very special year, when The Open Championship celebrates its 150th anniversary. To mark this historic occasion, The Official Hospitality team are ensuring the championship is equally remembered as a celebration of Scottish food, hospitality and produce.
The game’s greatest championship returns to the Old Course, St Andrews, ‘The Home of Golf’, in 2010 where The Open Championship Official Hospitality will reveal a unique programme of events to celebrate The Championship’s anniversary. This includes The Sportsman’s Dinner in The Links Restaurant, beside the 1st tee, on Wednesday, 14 July 2010. Guests will have an opportunity to watch past Open champions as they play 1, 2, 17 and 18 on the Old Course. In the evening guests will retire for dinner to the Links restaurant where a guest speaker from the world of golf will provide after dinner entertainment.
Another exclusive celebration package on offer is The Road Hole VIP Fine Dining, located on the top floor of the Old Course Hotel, a must-visit gourmet destination for all food lovers. The restaurant offers panoramic views over the world’s most famous golf course and the beautiful east coast of Scotland. The restaurant and bar, awarded Whisky Bar of the World 2008 in the ‘Icons of Whisky’, with its dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and an open deck is the most attractive place to watch the world's best golfers take on the renowned Road Hole. The package also includes reserved grandstand seats at the 17th or 18th reserved Grandstands.
Alternatively, try the exclusive Clubhouse packages in the Hospitality Village. An innovation introduced in 2009, this package offers flexibility throughout the day. Follow your favourite player on the links and then retire to the comfort and sanctuary of the Clubhouse, with informal areas for eating and relaxing throughout the day. Choose from the a la carte menu or keep coming back to graze from our scrumptious tapas style menu selection and delicious Scottish seafood. New for 2010, Clubhouse guests will get an opportunity to hear from a golfing great at some point during the day, get their autograph or pose for pictures.
David Hill, Director of Championships, commented “2010 is a very special year, when The Open Championship celebrates its 150th anniversary. You are about to witness one of golf’s greatest spectacles and you can make this an occasion never to be forgotten with The Open Championship Official Hospitality. From the moment you arrive here in the ‘auld grey toon’ you can relax, knowing that you are in the hands of professionals both on and off the course.”
Dining throughout the day will be of the highest calibre with the very best, locally sourced fare, used to complete a menu celebrating traditional Scottish food, with a contemporary twist. Scottish ingredients including potted game, hams and beef will be freshly prepared on site and available throughout the day with breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea all provided as part of the unique anniversary packages.