How it works
As golfers begin to prepare for their 2019-2020 Scotland golf tour many are going to be focusing their attention on the Old Course St Andrews in particular. The question arises: How do you golf the Old Course without an advanced and guaranteed tee time?
Answer: The Old Course Ballot
This is the historic Ballot (or lottery) held by the St Andrews Links Trust and drawn every day, Saturday - Thursday, for a number of unallocated tee times on the Old Course 2 days before you want to play. There is no draw on a Friday as there is no golf played on Sundays. We explain the procedure below:
The 2019 Old Course green fee is set at 190 Great British Pounds (GBP) which is approximately $250 US Dollars
If the golfers are visiting St Andrews for a number of days the odds should favour success getting you out and golfing the ancient links by use of the Ballot. The official line is that 50% of tee times are available through the ballot every year, and this is true over a 12 month period. In our experience there are 30 - 40% of Old Course tee times accessable during April, May and June and this decreases through August into September going as low as 15% due to local competitions in these 2 months.
Golfers should be aware that entering the Ballot over 4 or 5 consecutive days does not guarantee success but if you are not in it you are not going to win one of the available Old Course tee times. We believe that flexibility is the key and while waiting for your Old Course tee time we can organise golf at one or more of these compelling Scottish Links courses in the area of St Andrews to keep you occupied:
New Course, Jubilee Course, Eden Course, Kingsbarns Golf Links, Carnoustie, Crail Balcomie Links, Lundin GC, Leven GC, Scotscraig GC, Panmure GC and Monifieth GC.