The Old Course at St Andrews is on every golfer’s bucket list, however there is a common misunderstanding that it is near impossible to play, we’re here to tell you that is not the case! DP&LGOLF can organise everything for you.
If the Old Course is your main priority then we can build your Scottish golf package around that so you get the most from your trip to Scotland. The best time to play the Old Course is anytime from May to early July, this is when the most tee times are available and events such as R&A competitions are at a minimum. The Old Course is definitely the hardest public course to get a tee time at but there are a number of methods you can use to try and secure a round, let us explain!
Guaranteed Tee Times
DP&LGOLF have access to guaranteed tee times for the Old Course. These are very limited and any golfers who would like to secure one of these slots will need to note interest at least a year before they wish to play, for example, if you are wanting to play during the high season, around May-July 2019, we would need to hear from you by May-July 2018. These time slots come as part of a package that will include accommodation in St Andrews for a minimum of 3 nights as well as an additional round of golf at one of the other St Andrews Links courses such as the New or Jubilee courses.
The annual ballot opens for a three-week window in late August of each year and ends in mid-September. This ballot is only applicable for a minimum of two golfers and a maximum of two four balls. The tee times are allocated in a lottery style with those who are successful being notified by October. If you are lucky enough to receive a tee time, you will be required to pay for a tee time on one of the other Links Trust courses as well, the private ballot cost is £320 per person. We can enter the ballot for you and keep you up to date on its progress.
This ballot offers around half the available tee times for the Old course to those who haven’t been able to book it in advance. The times are balloted two days in advance and DP&LGOLF can assist in entering your request with the St Andrews Links Trust. Your ballot form needs to be submitted before 2pm two days before you wish to play the Old Course and you will be made aware if you have been successful or not after 5pm that day. It follows the same rules as the annual ballot in that there is a two-golfer minimum and a two fourball maximum. The daily ballot fees are just the same as the green fees which are £175 during the high season (Mid-April- Mid-October).
Single Golfer Walk Up
This method is the best for single golfers wanting to play the Old Course as they are not eligible for the ballot. For the best chance of getting a tee time it is advised that you arrive as early as possibly, even as early as 03:00am during the summer high season! You are waiting for space in other peoples 2 balls and 3 balls, so be prepared to play golf with other people. This is the best method when you have a spare day during your trip and want to chance your luck. The price is just the standard green fee which is £175 during the high season (Mid April- Mid October). You may find you get onto the course reasonably quick or on the other hand you could wait all day to no success.
Winter Package (Mid October to March)
A winter package guarantees you an Old Course tee time at a reduced rate. The dates for these packages range from mid-October to the end March and the price depends on the dates you wish to play. This method requires that you book tee times on two other Links Trust courses as well as staying in a local hotel, all of which can be arranged for you by our team. You should be aware that play will be from mats starting November 1st right through to March 31st, however, it is a fantastic value way to experience the Old Course. Prices range from £130-£235 depending on which months you choose to play in.
On a Sunday you can do just about anything on the Old Course but golf! Keep this in mind when you are planning your trip.