4 Tips for Getting a Tee Time On the Old Course, St Andrews

How to secure the tee time of all time!

If you are itching to play The Old Course, St Andrews and have not yet done so, then you need to ink a St Andrews Trip into your 2017 diary.  It's a must visit golf destination for any golfer and a pilgrimage that should be taken at least once in your lifetime.

During your trip, you'll no doubt want to play the world's most famous golf course and the main ways to get a tee time on the Old Course, St Andrews are as follows:
1. Buy a guaranteed Old Course package
2. Enter the Old Course Ballot during your stay
3. Walk on as a single
4. Apply for an advanced reservation
The good news is that we can help you which ever route you choose:
1. Guaranteed Old Course Packages

Hurry these VIP packages, guaranteeing you a tee time on the Old Course, get booked up fast, so if you know your travel dates, drop us a line so that we can secure your tee times. They do cost a bit more than our other packages, but they do 100% guarantee you will be playing the Old Course and also include rounds on Kingbarns, the New Course and Carnoustie as well as staying in 4* or 5* accommodations; giving you a very special golfing experience.
Our guaranteed VIP Old Course packages start from $4320 pp.


2. Enter the Ballot

The chances of being successful in the Ballot vary with the time year from over 80% in the Spring and Fall to under 50% in peak season. However it is a well trodden route and many golfers in the past have got to walk the hallow turf through this method.
Our St Andrews packages, playing Kingbarns, The New Course and Carnoustie  start from $1520pp.


Alternatively take in some of the hidden gems in the area such as Crail, Elie, Scotscraig and the Jubilee Course with packages starting from $1105pp.


* Top Tip: Enter the Old Course Ballot every day that you are in St Andrews. If you are successful, just give us a ring and we will rearrange all your tee time to accommodate the tee-time-of-all-time! 

Note that the ballot takes place daily for tee times 48 hours before the day of play and there needs to be at least two of you to enter it. Good luck!

3. Walk On as a Single

If ballot success is alluding you or you are a night owl, set your alarm and get yourself to the starter's hut at first light. The starter will then proceed to fill the gaps in the day's tee sheet with singletons. To stand a chance of securing an Old Course tee time, you need to get there early, stand in line and be patient, as no doubt quite a few other golfers will have had the same idea. Note that if you are a group you will need to split into singles, but on the upside this is a well trodden path to Old Course glory, and you'll make lots of new friends!

4. Advanced Tee Time Reservations

The window to apply for a 2017 advanced reservation on the Old Course closed in early September, with the results being published in mid-October. For those that did apply and were successful, firstly huge congratulations, and secondly we can arrange your trip around your Old Course dates.  No doubt you will be wanting to play the other great courses in the area like Kingbarns and Carnoustie, or perhaps add a few days in the Scottish Highlands playing the likes of Royal Dornoch, Nairn and Castle Stuart.

Simply send us an inquiry and our golf consultants will get in contact with you about planning your  forthcoming trip. As always we aim to save you time and money.

However you do it, start planning your 2017 St Andrews trip today….! You won't be disappointed.

Alternatively, find out more about our St Andrews vacations. Packages start from $1105 pp


Guy Proddow

Author, Guy Proddow

I started playing golf when I was young, first at my local pitch and putt in south west London and later at a nearby club where my parents are members. I would love to say my golf’s progressed with every decade that I've lived, but my best playing days were probably in my teens! I still love the game and live it every day working at Golfbreaks.com and in the travel industry - which is a wonderful industry to be part off. My other passion is water sports; so playing links golf beside a pumping surf break is a very happy experience. The two sports complement each other wonderfully and fortunately, many fine courses are on the coast - I just need more time to travel!