Case Studies - Event Hire
The Open Championship
Since 1978,  the task of ensuring everyone on site is but a press of a button away from help or advice has been the responsibility of our company and the relationship between ourselves and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club continues to go from strength to strength.

Under the flag of our parent company, Radio Links Communications Ltd, our Managing Director first approached the R & A to offer the hire of professional two-way radios during the 1977 Open at Turnberry in Ayrshire, the following year the R & A contacted us, prior to the 1978 Open at St. Andrews when it became apparent that, due to a local telephone area strike, the cabling utilised for scoring and leader boards would not be installed in time for the event. In following years the use of a scoring cabled telephone system for communications was abandoned in favour of two-way radios and the door was opened to, what has proved to be, a long and loyal relationship with the R & A.

Extensive use of computer technology is now the norm’, however, radio communications is still widely used by the R & A organisers, referees, marshals, tented village services and programme staff, but also by the vast army of contractors who provide services for The Open Championship, embracing security, catering, car parking, banking, hospitality and many other support services who all need to communicate with each other, not only during the four days of the Championship itself, but also during the build-up, which can take weeks/month and  the break-down period as well. 

The frequency co-ordination services we provide remain a crucial ingredient to ensuring all channels on site remain interference free. Licensing and on site technical support are all included and to ensure the R & A are kept up to date with all the latest technology, new products and services are introduced into the portfolio every year.

Over the many years further services have been requested and added, these include emergency public address, first tee and 18th green presentation, TV interview areas with audio facilities and video monitoring also being installed in the huge Press Centre containing the World’s Media.

Although golf forms a major part of our company’s work, we also supply equipment and services to a diverse range within the major sporting world, including the European Ryder Cups, Henley Royal Regatta, Burghley Horse Trials, London Triathlon and the Barclays ATP World Tour Final