Accommodation for the 2014 Open Championship

Take a ferry across the Mersey for golf’s most prestigious event

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
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Golf imageWhether or not you buy into the old “good walk ruined” adage or not, nobody can deny the game of golf has amassed a global appeal; one that surely surpasses the expectations of that first unnamed Scotsman to swing a club all those centuries ago. Today, professionals in the sport are each worth their individual fortunes in prize money and sponsorship deals, with millions across the world tuning in to watch them ply their trade. It may not pack the adrenaline-fuelled punch of other sporting pursuits, but on the big occasions the tension created can rival anything.

For golfers and fans alike, occasions don’t come much bigger that the Open Championship. Aside from being the oldest of the four major championships, the coveted Claret Jug is among the most prestigious trophies in the sport. Phil Mickelson was the man to lift it at Muirfield last year, but will have his work cut out to retain the title in 2014. 


2014 Open Championship: everything you need to know


2014 Open Championship: history 2014 Open Championship: history

As mentioned, no other professional golf tournament outdates the Open. The inaugural event took place in 1860 at the famous Prestwick golf course in Ayrshire, Scotland, with Willie Park Sr holding off just seven rivals to clinch the title. Amateurs were welcomed into proceedings the following year. This is the format that has remained until this day, albeit with the total number of competitors significantly increased to 156. The famed Claret Jug was first awarded to the winner in 1873, with the event officially assigned as part of the PGA Tour schedule in 1995. 

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2014 Open Championship: setting 2014 Open Championship: setting

The Open Championship never leaves the confines of the United Kingdom, and as such has graced the oldest and finest golf courses in the country throughout its existence. This year takes the action to Merseyside, where the historic Royal Liverpool Club will provide a fitting venue. The course is notoriously challenging due to its often windy conditions, but the weather was favourable during the last Open held here, back in 2006; then Tiger Woods took advantage of the quick course, using his driver just once as he tied the lowest Open Championship score of 270. Impressive. 

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2014 Open Championship: schedule 2014 Open Championship: schedule

Set against a glorious midsummer backdrop (said most hopefully: it is the UK, after all!), golf fans the world over will be glued to their sets for an entire week between 13 - 20 July 2014. Those lucky enough to attend can follow the action from start to finish, along every step of the way, from the tentative opening strokes to the following Sunday’s inevitable climactic putt.

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2014 Open Championship: ticketing 2014 Open Championship: ticketing

Such is the popularity of the Open, premium tickets are often snapped up the second they go on sale; thankfully, though, there are plenty of options available. The most comprehensive – and at the time of writing still available – tickets are the weekly passes, securing you access to every day of the event at a cost of £220. For a further £250, you can take a seat in the grandstand by the 18th green, ensuring you a prime spot for the decisive moments. Day passes range from £10 to £65 for adults, increasing in price every day as the drama intensifies. 

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2014 Open Championship: where to stay 2014 Open Championship: where to stay

Despite its name, the course is actually situated in the pleasant seaside town of Hoylake. The more appealing option, however, is to make the short trip across the Mersey and set up camp in Liverpool itself; especially if you’re looking for something in the way of nightlife. Beatles fans must make the pilgrimage to the Cavern Club, the dingy but atmospheric basement venue where the Fab Four first made a name for themselves. The most fashionable drinking area of the city is Seel Street, where you can reflect on the day’s golfing action in the likes of The Peacock and Aloha.

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