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Booking the Old Course

The Old Course at St Andrews Links is where the game was first played 600 years ago, but it's easier to obtain a tee time than many might think. There are a number of ways to do so if you have a suitable handicap (maximum of 24 for men and 36 for women) and this page explains each of them in detail.

Private Advance Tee Times 2018

Due to the large number of applications received between August 23rd and September 6th, 2017, the Old Course is now full from April to October 2018. 

From October 23rd2017, the Reservations Department will accept bookings for 2018 over the phone on +44 (0)1334 466718.

Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm (9.30 am – 5.00 pm on Thursdays). 


Advanced Reservations 2017

The Old Course is fully booked for advance reservations until December 2017. Please see below the number of other ways to play at the Home of Golf in 2017.
 
Bookings for remaining dates on the Old Course in December and for all other courses throughout 2017 can be made by contacting the Reservations Department by telephone on +44 (0)1334 466718 or by email. We are open Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 17:00 (09:30 – 17:00 on Thursdays). 

Old Course Ballot

Nearly half of Old Course tee times each year are allocated to the Ballot to give people who have been unable to book a chance of playing. It is drawn 48 hours in advance of play and golfers should provide their names, home club and handicaps either online, by phone or at one of the clubhouses before 2pm, two days before the day they wish to play. To enter there must be a minimum of two and a maximum of four players.

Feeling lucky

Single Golfers

Single golfers with suitable handicaps who wish to play the Old Course without an existing tee time should 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. There is no obligation on the existing golfers to make up a four-ball but common practice is that single golfers are warmly welcomed. With patience, this can be successful but there are no guarantees. Please check Busy Dates before travel.

Winter Package

Experience everything the Home of Golf has to offer with our fantastic Winter Package. Including one guaranteed tee time on the Old Course, the package also offers a round of golf on two other St Andrews Links courses and is available for customers who book accommodation in the area. Playing over three consecutive days, in addition to the Old Course golfers enjoy two rounds on the New or Jubilee Championship courses, the more forgiving Eden and Strathtyrum courses or the award winning Castle Course.

Authorised Providers of Old Course Tee Times

For 2017, The Experience St Andrews is the official provider of golf programmes at the Home of Golf including guaranteed Old Course tee times.

For 2018, there will be a number of Authorised Providers (Golf Tour Operators and Local Accommodation Providers) offering packages, including guaranteed Old Course tee times, throughout high season (15 April – 14 October, 2018).
Authorised Providers can be recognised by the official 'Authorised Provider' logo displayed on their websites and social media platforms.

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