Local school grounds to be turned into massive campsite when The Open comes to area

Carnoustie High School will be transformed into “Tee in the Park” at this summer’s Open golf championship.

The Open camping village will operate from July 15-22 and include a range of two, four and six-person tents that are already pitched and ready for campers, plus inflatable camp beds for each guest.

Golf’s governing body has decided to channel the modern music festival on a sporting scale since the campsite was first introduced at Royal Troon in 2016.

Last year, 3,000 campers took advantage of the initiative when it returned at Royal Birkdale and pitches sold out on the Friday and Saturday of the championship.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director of championships at the R&A, said: “We are delighted that the Open camping village has proven to be very popular and a cost-effective accommodation option which has increased access to the championship for families and young people.

“There will be a fantastic atmosphere at Carnoustie throughout the week of the Open as thousands of people converge on the town for a true celebration of golf and we are expecting high demand from spectators looking to book places at the camping village.”

Shower and toilet block facilities will be situated throughout the campsite and there will be football pitches and other games available for campers.