As you may have read elsewhere on the sports news pages, The R&A have decided for the first time in 148 years, to introduce a ticket limit per day at Royal Portrush in 2019. Demand for the event has been unprecedented and it is already virtually sold out for all championship days. If you were thinking about going and just turning up on the day to pay at the gate, the way thousands of golf fans have done in the past, think again! There will be no “pay at the gate” facility!
The R&A have upset a lot of the travel trade, their sponsors and many golfers, by introducing this policy and we are concerned that the opportunity for many loyal golf fans to attend this event has been taken away. We believe this will encourage ticket touts to emerge from the black market and charge premium prices for the tickets – let the buyer beware!
With the 2020 event being held in Royal St Georges, east of London England, and the 2021 in St Andrews it will be interesting to see if they continue with this unpopular practise. Let’s hope common sense prevails and all are made welcome again. Watch this space folks!