Unofficial hospitality

Buyer Beware!

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Every year we are contacted by company representatives who have purchased a discount deal for The Open Championship and then realise they have been duped. Victims of a scam.

The spiel goes “Last table for 10 persons at The Open just £3000 if you confirm today”. Sounds good? Perhaps not. Around three to four weeks prior to the Open, once all your guests have confirmed, you suddenly get a sinking feeling in your gut as you call the company to get further information on the package.

You can end up with one or more of the following –

(i) total loss of money as the company has mysteriously ceased trading two weeks prior to the Open

(ii) a request for a further £2000 as they forgot to tell you the package didn’t include admission badges and the cost of the drinks

(iii) you receive your tickets and badges but on arrival with your valued clients, you find you are in a second-rate tent in a farmer’s field some two miles walk from the golf course. Very embarrasing.

These are just some of the ‘bad news’ stories we hear every year. Don’t  be disappointed, book your hospitality in the official tented village. The prices are set and everything you and your guests require is included in the package.

I suppose the maxim is if it sounds too good for the price it’s probably a scam.

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Rory regrets?

Rory McIlroy admits he was “somewhat proven wrong” in his belief that golf would not be a success at Rio 2016.

McIlroy, 27, was among several major players who withdrew 1from the tournament over concerns about the Zika virus.

He had also criticised golf’s place at the Olympics, saying he would not even watch the tournament on TV.

But following the event’s success, he said: “There was more people at the golf events than there was at the athletics. It was good to see.”

The Zika virus, which has been linked to brain defects in newborn babies, led to McIlroy – and others – pulling out.

But he went on to say players did not see the Olympics as the “pinnacle”, and that he would only watch the “stuff that matters” – such as the athletics and swimming – when following the Olympics on television.