The R&A is warning would-be spectators of The 145th Open at Royal Troon to be cautious of buying from unofficial hospitality suppliers.
It says spectators looking to buy hospitality should be aware of unofficial suppliers offering packages which claim to be on the course but, in reality, could be several miles away from the venue.
The R&A says official hospitality packages incorporate fraud prevention measures including a ticket barcode on the hospitality pass, which is something unofficial suppliers cannot provide.
It says spectators risk being denied entry to the course if they are using a ticket purchased on their behalf by an unofficial supplier.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director – Championships at 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.
“We are committed to providing the best possible experience for everyone that attends The Open and we have learned in the past that some suppliers will look to exploit the excitement surrounding the Championship by attempting to mislead our spectators.”
Spectators in any doubt about a package they have purchased should contact The Open Hospitality team on 0844 371 0883.