A Guide to Golf: The Open

In 2014, this famous tournament took place just a stone’s throw away from Hatchbag HQ at the prestigious Royal Liverpool Golf Club. The Open is one of the largest golf tournaments not only in the UK, but in the world. Whether it is your first time watching The Open, or you are a golfing connoisseur, we are sure that our guide will provide you with some valuable insight about this iconic sporting event.


On October 17th 1860 The Open was born. With the prize of the Challenge Belt, eight professionals played three rounds at the then 12-hole course in Prestwick. Victor Willie Park Sr beat Old Tom Morris by two shots, claiming the Challenge Belt.

The Open takes place annually across some of the UK’s most cherished golf courses. Now in its 145th year, Royal Troon will provide a striking stage for the 2016 competition. Royal Troon has previously hosted the event on eight separate occasions.

The Course

Royal Troon Golf Club is located in Troon, in the South West of Glasgow, South Ayrshire. Initially opened with only five holes back in 1878, the club is now home to two 18-hole golf courses.

The Open will take place on the Old Course. With a deep rough and an unpredictable north-westerly wind, the Old Course is a challenge even for the most accomplished golfer.

Who’s Who?

The road to The Open fairways has already begun - back in November 2015. Players must compete and rank at a series of preceding qualifying events to be in with a chance of being selected to play at Royal Troon.

Big names that will star at this year’s event include Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Jason Day, all of whom are keen favourites. But like with all great sporting events, nothing is for certain. Don’t just focus on the big names, be sure to keep an eye out for the up and coming underdogs.

One thing is for sure though; after a day on the course those clubs are going to be looking a little less than squeaky clean. So, if you are a keen golfer and need a solution to keep the course OUT of your boot, then why not check out our range of bespoke boot liners here.