The Open app from the R&A is the official mobile application to keep you up-to-date with all the latest news, coverage and results from the world’s greatest golf tournament.Available all-year round, the app is a genuine must-have over the week of the event.
It’s available to download on a range of platforms, from the iPhone and iPad from the iTunes store; Android devices via Google Play; the Kindle Fire at Amazon Marketplace; as well as for Windows and Blackberry devices.
British Open Tournament – Guide
The Open is truly the greatest tournament in the golfing calendar. From the famous duel in the sun at Turnberry in 1977 to Seve’s fist-pumping in 1984, the event has seen its fair share of iconic moments.
The Open is being held at Royal Birkdale, which is a course that has played host to the event 9 times.
The Open App Review
So what do you get from this app, which is the official R&A mobile application for the tournament?
We do like the fact you can use this app all year, as it updates with the latest news on qualification and progress for the main week’s play. But it’s without doubt the days of the competition proper when this app comes into its own.
These days you can follow events pretty well on the major media sites, but a dedicated app like this tends to offer a lot more coverage.
The video highlights section is great. It features loads of action from the course as well as lots of great interviews with the players.
But it’s the live coverage that we reckon is the reason to download The Open app. Coverage of holes 13, 14 and 15 will be available during the competition. As long as you are in the UK you can view this as it comes via the BBC.
The leaderboard page is really handy for remembering who’s where and it updates very quickly, while there is plenty of additional features to keep you happy when the play’s not in progress.
And because it’s got a good range of functions and features, not just coverage and updates, it’s a handy little app for browsing while you watch the coverage on the telly. If you are out and about and cannot get in front of a TV, the live coverage from holes 13, 14 and 15 are nice little compensation.
Reviews are very good, with the app averaging more than 4 stars on Google Play and a similar level on iTunes for The Open iPhone app.
It would be great to see The Open app for Apple Watch, but so far this has yet to emerge from what we can see. Would have been great for keeping tabs while out on the course.
The Open app features
First up, you can get all the up-to-the-minute live scoring and leaderboard you’d want. It’s got a slick feel and a classic R&A design that is pleasant to look at.
Watch video highlights of the Open
Video highlights are plentiful and stream pretty easily as long as you’re on Wi-FI or 3G.
An interactive course guide is a great little addition to this app and a feature that is not always present on similar tournament apps. Check out what the 17th is really like and you want feel so smug next time someone ends in the famous bunker!
Coverage of holes 13, 14 and 15 will be available during the week of the championship along with @TheOpen LIVE, which promises a behind-the-scenes view at the Home of Golf.
You can also expect news and updates to be delivered through the app’s clever timeline feature, which is a good design and makes it easy to navigate between stories and see what you have already read and what you have not.
It’s all integrated with social media so it’s dead easy to share links and so on, which is pretty standard in a tournament app.
The Open app from the R&A is a great little app for golf fans, sure to keep you up to date with everything going on during the world’s greatest golf tournament.