Despite its overwhelming popularity, the Old Course still upholds the tradition of a ballot (lottery) drawn two days ahead of play (except for Sundays and tournament days). This enables golfers who are in the area to still have the opportunity to play the Old Course during their visit. This reflects the public spirit of St Andrews Links and its commitment to staying as open and accessible to all golf lovers.

Ballot Results

Visit the Ballot Results page for details of the latest Old Course Ballot.

How to enter

  • To enter the ballot there must be at least two players and all names, Home Clubs and handicaps will be required.
  • You may enter in person by either visiting the starters box or one of our clubhouses or by phone on +44 (0)1334 466666 before 2pm two days before you hope to play. (As the Old Course is closed on Sundays there is no Friday Ballot).
  • If you are available to play at any time this will give you the best chance of success.
  • If successful, a current official handicap card (Golf Club affiliated to a Golf Union/Association) record or certificate must be presented to the starter prior to play. Maximum handicaps - 24 Men, 36 Ladies. Unfortunately we do not accept letters of introduction from your local Club Professional.
  • The result of the ballot is available by phoning back after 16:30 the same day or you can check the Ballot Results page.
  • If you are unsuccessful you may wish to go to the Old Course in the morning and join the queue and the starter will do their best to help you join with other golfers playing the Old Course. With patience this can be successful but we cannot give any guarantees.
  • Duplicate Ballot entries will be disqualified.