Can I Bring My Cell Phone To The British Open?
By mustang6560 on 4/23/12
The R&A officially lifted its ban on cell phones, which means spectators who plan to attend the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes will be permitted to use their cell phones in designated areas.
“There is no denying the attachment people feel to their mobile phones both in terms of gathering information and staying in touch with family and friends. We understand this and allowing their use at the Championship will enrich The Open experience,” said Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A.

“We are offering spectators access to an enhanced range of apps for Android, iPhone and iPad that will offer live video of play and other attractions at The Open and will keep them up-to-date with essential Championship information including scoring, tee times, news and an interactive course guide.”
The British Open will become the second major championship to allow spectators to bring cell phones inside the gates (the PGA Championship adopted a similar policy last year). But, the U.S. Open and the Masters still have a no cell phone policy.

It's only a matter of time before every golf tournament will adopt a similar cell phone policy. Even the green jackets' of Augusta National will eventually permit cell phones on its premises. And if I was a betting man, I'd be willing to bet patrons will be allowed to use cell phones in desingated areas before women are invited as members.

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[ comments ]
homermania says:
Question: are they actually searching the galleries and confiscating phones at these events, or is it just policy that you can't use your phone on the grounds?
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