ENTRY to the final day of next year’s Ryder Cup in Scotland will cost £70 more than the Open Championship at Muirfield in July but organisers have highlighted how the Gleneagles event compares favourably with most other leading sporting occasions.
The top daily ticket price for the Ryder Cup’s return to the home of golf after more than 40 years – it was last held at Muirfield in 1973 – will be £145 compared to £75, the price an Open ticket currently available for £65 rises to on 1 June.
In an attempt to put the prices for the Perthshire event into a better perspective, however, Ryder Cup Europe have used other less frequent occasions such as football’s World Cup (with a high price of £532 for the final) and the Olympic Games (£450) to illusrtate how it believes golf fans are getting value for money at a Ryder Cup. General admission prices for adults start at £35 for the first two practice days rising to £45 for the final practice day/ opening ceremony then £120 for the Friday and Saturday. On all three practice days under-16s get in for £10.
“The 2014 Ryder Cup promises to be a truly great sporting occasion set in one of the world’s most spectacular and iconic golfing locations,” said Richard Hills, European Ryder Cup director.
“Understandably, tickets are highly sought after, but the ballot process for match day tickets means that everyone has the same chance of success.
“Furthermore, we fully believe that the range of ticket options available – including the practice day tickets – offer exceptional value for money and we are proud that children will be able to see some of the greatest golfers in the world on those days for £10.”
A two-part application process to buy tickets is now underway. Ryder Cup Europe has launched a registration website – www.rydercup.com/europe/2014tickets – where spectators must register a photograph of themselves before applying for tickets from 10 June until midnight on 22 July.
These will be allocated in a ballot while practice day tickets are up for grabs on a first-come, first-served basis.