How To Book a Tee Time at The Old Course St. Andrews
November 10, 2020
Guaranteed Tee times can be secured by purchasing Old Course related packages from various hotels or golf tour operator. Most of these packages include a minimum of three nights at a hotel in St. Andrews, including three rounds of golf including one guaranteed Old Course tee time, lunch and dinner. There is a premium associated with these guaranteed times and this is not cheap, but please book well in advance to secure your tee times.
St Andrews | Ballot | Lottery
Another option open to visiting golfers is to apply for a time through the Ballot (or lottery) which is drawn each day. This is the best way to secure a good value tee time but offers no guarantee of success and therefore is often not considered ideal for overseas visitors planning in advance. However, if you want to take your chances in the draw the local B&B’s or hotels can make the application on your behalf. You can ballot for 2 – 4 golfers at a time.
If you are a single golfer; may I suggest to you that you should approach the starter on the day you wish to play and let him know that you are willing to join in any groups that are not playing in fourballs. He will seek to accommodate you, should a tee time spot become available. Or if you want, why not hang around the first tee box at St. Andrews and you notice two or three golfers going to the tee, ask can you join them?
Golfing in Scotland
The beauty of playing golf in Scotland is that the country is full of the traditions and the Scots national pride from hosting the various British Open Championships down through out the year.
Perhaps you have your own memories of your favourite great golfers of the past or of recent times that have walked the 18th fairway knowing that the trophy will be his! I can remember Nick Faldo’s 18 straight pars to win the Open Championship at Muirfield and wow, Sir Nick Faldo was indeed the best player in the world for a time.
If you have played golf in Scotland and perhaps you were lucky enough to have played some of the British Open courses? That is great and you have some fantastic memories. If you have played Carnoustie? Can you remember how much course knowledge was needed? If you played that course again, you would play it differently… I found that Carnoustie was flat in parts but very tricky and the last six holes played very difficult the day I played.