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The Old Course St. Andrews


The Old Course is the Home of Golf where golf was first played 600 years ago. It remains a real test of golf for today’s champions. The fabled original links course is synonymous with The Open Championship which it has hosted more times than any other venue and will host for a 29th time in 2015. Despite its reputation and status, it is a public course and is one of seven public courses at St Andrews Links.

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The Old Course St Andrew’s: The Ballot System

For your information, with regards to tee times on the Old Course, St Andrews, we have access to a limited amount of guaranteed times from April through October and these are sold on a first come, first served basis and are sold within our premium packages. We also have a larger allocation of corporate packages available, which include accommodations and golf on the Old and New Courses, St Andrews along with a choice of either Carnoustie or Kingsbarns. These packages, although expensive, are more readily available. However, the least expensive way to obtain a tee time on the Old Course is through the ballot system.

The ballot system works by entering your names, home golf clubs and handicaps to the Links Trust before 12 noon, two days prior to the day you wish to play. The results are then posted at 4pm in order to see if you have been successful in obtaining a tee time. Handicap limits are 24 for gentlemen and 36 for ladies and proof of handicap must be provided to the starter on the day of play. If unsuccessful, golf within the St Andrews area can be scheduled. As the ballot system does not guarantee that you will be successful in obtaining a time on the Old Course St Andrews, we do strongly suggest, that you allow at least two to three days optimising your chances in the ballot. Within the immediate St Andrews area there are several top quality links courses, namely, New Course, Eden Course, Jubilee Course, Castle Course, Torrance Course, all St Andrews, Kingsbarns, Crail, Lundin Links, Leven, Elie and Scotscraig and Golf Holidays, in association with our local partner Travelling the Fairways, will be happy to make a reservation for you at any of these courses.


Alternative Courses at St. Andrews

The Castle Course

Set on a rugged cliffline overlooking the ancient town of St Andrews, the course combines breath-taking views with a memorable golfing challenge.

The New Course

The New Course is often regarded as the oldest “new” course in the world. A classic links course with undulating fairways and delightfully challenging greens, it was set out in 1895 by Old Tom Morris.

The Jubilee Course

The Jubilee Course has developed from a basic 12-hole layout into what many consider to be the toughest test of golf at St Andrews. It is located on a narrow strip of prime golfing land between the New Course and the sea.

The Eden Course

Harry S Colt, whose other designs included Hoylake, Pine Valley, Sunningdale and Wentworth, was commissioned to design the Eden Course. His layout challenged golfers with severe bunkering, undulating greens and many carries off the tee to reach the fairways.

The Strathtyrum Course

Designed by Donald Steel to offer enjoyable golf, the course complements the tougher, championship layouts at the Home of Golf. It is shorter and, with only 15 bunkers, has less hazards facing the golfer.

The Balgrove Course

Designed to be welcoming to beginners and junior golfers the 1520 yard, nine hole course offers a scaled down version of the challenges found on full length golf courses. With shallow bunkers, gently undulating greens and wide fairways the Balgove gives golfers a feel for what they will find on other courses as they develop in the game.


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