Ballot

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 online, by phone on +44 (0)1334 466666 or in person by visiting The Old Pavilion or one of our Clubhouses.
     
  • The ballot closes at 2pm two days before you hope to play. Entries are accepted on the day of the ballot or on the previous day, once that day's ballot has closed (approx 2.15pm).
     
  • 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 check in at the Old Pavilion on the day of play and the staff will do their best to join them with a two or three-ball group playing the Old Course. With patience this can be successful but we cannot give any guarantees.
     
  • Duplicate ballot entries will be disqualified.
  • Please note that pre-paid green fees for any other course cannot be transferred as part payment for a successful ballot on the Old Course.