Apr 26th, 2016
Wire camera to be introduced on the Postage Stamp
And new free Open Village Camp site for under 25s
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
Spectators at this year's Open Championship will get a unique view of one of the most famous holes in golf.
A wire camera will run the length of the Postage Stamp, with cameras also placed in all five greenside bunkers on the 123-yard par three.
Rhodri Price, the R&A's director of championship operations: said: 'I have been desperate to put a wire camera on the course for years, but due to the playing conditions of golf in terms of ball flight, particularly from the likes of Bubba Watson, it is very difficult normally to place a wire camera on the course without it getting in the way of play.
'We recognise that, due to the short distance of the Postage Stamp, there was scope to get a wire camera in there on this iconic part of the golf course with the wonderful views.
It will go all the way from the tee to a little winter green to left of the green. The Postage Stamp was screaming out to be a feature hole.'
The course at Royal Troon will measure 7,190 yards for the 145th Open from July 14-17, an increase of just 15 yards from 2004, when Todd Hamilton defeated Ernie Els in a four-hole play-off.
A total of 7,000 grandstand seats will surround the 18th green, with a new LED scoreboard and autograph zone for spectators under the age of 21 installed on the practice ground.
Spectators aged 25 and under will also be able to book free accommodation in the Open Camping Village, which will feature two, four and six-person pre-pitched tents along with inflatable camping beds, with 500 places available.
We think these are all great ideas that will enhance the Open experience, and hopefully bring in some new blood. We would love to have camped in the new Open Camping Village, but we know we would have been ID’d.