Blog | 12 Nov 2018
Booking the Old Course
The Old Course at St Andrews Links is where the game was first played 600 years ago, but it's easier to obtain a tee time than many might think. There are a number of ways to do so if you have a suitable handicap (maximum of 24 for men and 36 for women).
Private Advance Tee Times 2019
Due to the large number of applications received between 22 August and 5 September 2018, the Old Course is now full from March to November 2019. We emailed all applicants who applied via the Private Advance Tee Time Application on Monday 15 October 2018 with the result of their application.
St andrews Links Trust are now fully booked on the Old Course from March to November 2019 inclusive. However, there are other routes available to try and obtain an Old Course tee time. These are listed in the sections below.
For play in December 2018 and January, February and December 2019, bookings can be made subject to availability direct with the Reservations Department by email or by phone: +44 (0)1334 466718. Office hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00 (from 09:30 on Thursdays).
Old Course Ballot
Nearly half of Old Course tee times each year are allocated to the Ballot to give people who have been unable to book a chance of playing. It is drawn 48 hours in advance of play and golfers should provide their names, home club and handicaps either online, by phone or at one of the clubhouses before 2pm, two days before the day they wish to play. To enter there must be a minimum of two and a maximum of four players.
Single golfers with suitable handicaps who wish to play the Old Course without an existing tee time should check in at the Old Pavilion on the day of play and the staff will do their best to join them with a two or three-ball group. There is no obligation on the existing golfers to make up a four-ball but common practice is that single golfers are warmly welcomed. With patience, this can be successful but there are no guarantees. Please check Busy Dates before travel.
Experience everything the Home of Golf has to offer with our fantastic Winter Package. Including one guaranteed tee time on the Old Course, the package also offers a round of golf on two other St Andrews Links courses and is available for customers who book accommodation in the area. Playing over three consecutive days, in addition to the Old Course golfers enjoy two rounds on the New or Jubilee Championship courses, the more forgiving Eden and Strathtyrum courses or the award winning Castle Course.
Authorised Providers of Old Course Tee Times
There are a number of Authorised Providers (Golf Tour Operators and Local Accommodation Providers) offering packages, including guaranteed Old Course tee times, throughout high season (April – October).
Authorised Providers can be recognised by the official 'Authorised Provider' logo displayed on their websites and social media platforms.
Information courtesy of St Andrews Links. Visit https://www.standrews.com/Play/Courses/Old-Course/Booking-the-Old-Course for more information.