There are three different ways to secure an Old Course tee time.
· Plan 12 months ahead and look to secure a highly sought-after advance booking.
· Turn up on the day you hope to play and join the singles list.
· Enter the Old Course Ballot. This is where we enter your party into the Ballot up to 48hrs before you hope to play. The result of the ballot is available after 4:30pm the same day. The remainder of this page focuses on this option.
Old Course Ballot – The process and chances of success
As the name ‘ballot’ suggests, this is a lottery. The ballot is the process used to allocate 50% of Old Course tee times. This reflects the public spirit of St Andrews Links, ensuring the course is open and accessible to all golf lovers.
While the chance of success will vary from day to day there are ways to optimise your chances of success. These are set out below:
· Thursdays and Saturdays provide the greatest chances of being successful. This is because there are no advanced tee times in the afternoon on Thursdays and throughout the whole day on Saturdays, leaving more space for Ballot entries.
· If you are spending several days in St Andrews, our team will enter your party into the Ballot on more than one occasion, thus maximising your chances of success. In this instance we would book other, guaranteed, rounds of golf on courses which are flexible should you be successful and have to change your plans at short notice. Some courses which provide such flexibility are Kingsbarns, the Dukes, Crail, and the Fairmont courses (Kittocks and Torrance). Should your Ballot application be successful, we shall fully refund the green fee at the other course with the guaranteed tee time. You would then pay the Old Course green fee on the day of play.
· It is best to be as flexible as possible as to when you can play e.g. A ballot application stands a higher chance of success if you stipulate that you are available to tee off at any time rather than during a specified period of the day.
· Please note that there are certain weeks of the year when the Ballot is not operational: For example, during The Open Championship and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Many of our clients are successful when looking to secure a tee time via the Old Course ballot. Nonetheless, more fingers are consistently crossed at 4.30pm in St Andrews than at any other time of day as that is when the Ballot results are announced. Good luck!