Ahead of the Open at Royal Troon, right, this July - and next year’s event at Royal Birkdale - the R&A has issued a warning to protect spectators against unofficial hospitality suppliers.
In a statement, it said: “Spectators looking to purchase hospitality places should be cautious of unofficial suppliers offering hospitality packages claiming to be on the course, which in reality may be located several miles away from the venue.
“Official hospitality packages incorporate fraud prevention measures including a ticket barcode on the hospitality pass, which is something unofficial suppliers cannot provide.”
The R&A added that fans risk being denied entry to the course if they are ‘using a ticket purchased on their behalf by an unofficial supplier’.
The Open has partnered with a number of third party suppliers to sell official hospitality packages on their behalf. A full list of these suppliers can be viewed online at TheOpen.com.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton of the the R&A, said: “The Open is truly a celebration of sport and to be part of the celebration we are urging all fans to be vigilant and carefully scrutinise hospitality packages on offer to ensure it is very clear what they are going to receive when they arrive on the day.”