The Grand Day Out

About The Grand Day Out

Since 2010 The R&A Championship Committee have kindly allowed injured members of our Armed Forces to be hosted on a 'Grand Day Out' at The Open to experience the wonders of this iconic Championship. This special day introduced them to a massively supportive sport and all who experienced the kindness and hospitality offered to them by the world of golf and R&A Championship Committee will never forget the experience.

The host club, the stars of world golf, their suppliers and the general public have all been magnanimous with their support and over the years these military heroes have been applauded, and humbled, throughout their visit.

The Grand Day Out experience has significantly helped the attendees on their recovery pathways. Every individual who attended The Grand Day Out has had a unique, personal and harrowing story to tell, and the initiative had a spectacular celebration at The Open at St Andrews in 2015. In 2016, The GDO met with The Trump Organisation at Trump Turnberry to offer help and expertise to American servicemen and women similarly wounded and who are supported by Eric Trump.

Why are we doing this? Quite simply, because the attitude of these men and women who have served their country, and suffered unimaginably for it, is truly humbling and we believe these ambassadors are an inspiration to us all on how to conquer personal and family trauma caused by life-changing injury.

 

 

THE GRAND DAYS OUT

 

2010 – St Andrews

Personal Recovery Centre Edinburgh
Harden Troop 45 Commando Royal Marines

 

2011 – Royal St George’s

Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 5th Battalion
The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 Scots)

 

2012 – Royal Lytham & St Anne’s

The 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh (1 Royal Welsh)
The Second Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (2 Lancs)

 

2013 – Muirfield

The Royal Highland Fusiliers 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS)
3rd Battalion The Rifles (3 Rifles)
The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME)

 

2014 – Royal Liverpool

2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (2 Mercian)
The Second Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (2 Lancs)
Help our Wounded Royal Marines (Supporting Wounded Royal Marines Commandos)

 

2015 – St Andrews

45 Commando (Royal Marines)
The Second Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (2 Lancs) 
The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME)
Blind Veterans UK
1st Battalion Welsh Guards
Queen Alexandria's Royal Nursing Corps (Army)
US Marines

 

2016 – Trump Turnberry

To mark the official opening of the newly refurbished Trump Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire, a host of the Grand Day Out veterans were invited to meet Donald Trump and his family and take part in the full day of festivities with private and family guests.

The Trump family and The Trump Foundation have become enthusiastic supporters of The Grand Day Out and its link with American organisation Honorvet.org - helping the invitiative to expand from the UK across the Atlantic and bring together injured UK and US veterans, many of whom served side by side in recent conflicts around the world.

 

A DAY TO REMEMBER

The Grand Day Out would not be possible without the generous support of the following organisations:
The R&A Championship Committee and recent captains of The R&A, Mercedes Benz, C3i Events, Hamilton Rentals, Sodexo, G4S, BBC, BBC Five live, ESPN and Open TV, Ferguson Media, Acushnet Europe Ltd, Titleist, Callaway Golf, Ping, Nike, TaylorMade-adidas Golf, Glenmuir 1891, the Old Course Hotel and the Duke's Golf Course in St Andrews, Trump Turnberry, Eric Trump and The Trump Foundation, Heroes Drinks Company, Gripeeze, Pentland Landrover Perth, the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming and Megan Adams.

Please click through the gallery below to see a selection of images from the events.