Housing during the British Open, especially when it's in Scotland, can do a number on the wallet. Many B&Bs charge $2,000 for a weekly stay during the Open; when the claret jug visits St. Andrews, the average property rental hovers around $7,000.
These prices aren't conducive to the common man, let alone young adults. But as the R&A is trying to revive the game's interest in the adolescent ranks, golf's governing body wants to make attending the Open easier for its younger, less-than-affluent crowd.
Which is why the R&A is offering free lodging to this year's championship for spectators 25 and under.
The Open Camping Village will be located a short distance from Royal Troon, host of the 2016 Open Championship. Five hundred spaces are available, with pre-pitched tents constructed in two, four and six person "rooms." Each area comes with an inflatable bed, and the village is equipped with showers, food/drink options and parking.
The Open Camping Village is also open to families: Children under the age of 16 are required to be accompanied by an adult.
"The Open is a wonderful opportunity for young fans to get up close to their favorite players and we know this will help inspire future generations to pick up a club and take part themselves," said Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director of championships at the R&A. "Our aim is to make The Open as accessible as possible and the new Camping Village along with discounted Youth Tickets and the Kids Go Free program are key parts of this commitment."
The 145th Open Championship starts on July 14. It is the ninth Open at Royal Troon. Zach Johnson is the reigning champ.