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2021 Guidelines

September 22 2021

Our courses remain open for play offering the challenge of links golf in a safe environment for all ages and abilities.
We would ask all golfers to acknowledge these guidelines until further notice:

Group Numbers

Travel to and from St Andrews is permitted from across the UK. Groups can consist of up to 4 golfers with no restrictions on number of households.

Single Golfers

Single golfers will continue to be able to book tee times on all courses with the exception of the Old Course where a minimum of 2 golfers per ballot entry is still required.

Travel and Covid Guidelines

On Monday (19th July) Scotland will move to a “modified” form of level 0 of the Scottish government’s five-tier system of Covid controls with continuing restrictions on physical distancing and numbers meeting both indoors and outdoors.

We recognise that many golfers who reside outwith Scotland still cannot travel to St Andrews at present as a result of Covid guidelines. We would like to thank you for your patience and continued support throughout this unprecedented period.

The health and wellbeing of colleagues, customers and golfers remains our priority and we continue to ensure we provide a safe environment for everyone, promoting social distancing and responsible behaviour at all times.

If you do have or make a booking in the days and weeks ahead please do not come to any of the courses if you are showing Covid-19 symptoms. If you have visited the Links and start to feel unwell or experience symptoms of Covid-19, please follow NHS guidelines. If you test positive for Covid-19, follow Government guidelines. If you test positive within 7 days of your visit to the Links, please also let us know at the earliest opportunity by contacting the Covid Officer via our Links Clubhouse Reception (01334 466666) or via email.

Booking Golf

  • Golfers must have an advance booking – no one should turn up at any Starter’s Box expecting to secure a tee time.

  • Bookings can be made by calling 01334 466666 from 9am the day before play (opening hours 9am – 5pm). A limited number of tee times may be available online.

  • The singles list is not currently in operation on the Old Course.​

  • Old Course Ballot: As of Wednesday 25th August, the pairing up of two balls will recommence. A Yearly Ticketholder will still have the option to say yes or no to this (to allow for ties and competition play etc) but for visitors entering the open ballot as a two ball, it might be the case that they are paired up.

  • New Course: ​From Monday 13th September the booking of tee times on the New Course will revert to being in person, on the day with the Starter, with the exception of club competitions and ties, and a limited number of visitor tee times. R&A members will once again have the right to secure each alternate time on the day.

Playing Golf

During this time we have undertaken a number of measures to ensure the safety of our colleagues and golfers. Please help us ensuring our courses and facilities can provide a safe environment at this time. Please do not come to any of the courses if you are showing Covid-19 symptoms.

  • Please don’t arrive at the Starter’s Box more than 15 minutes before play.

  • Please follow all instructions for golf that are displayed on the 1st tee.

  • ​From Monday 19th July, all golf course furniture will be returned for normal use, this means standard hole cups, the removal of flagsticks will be permitted and bunker rakes will be returned to the courses.

  • Please repair pitchmarks on the green surfaces.

  • There are currently no restrictions on the use of trolleys on any course. 

​Important information for after your visit

  •  If you start to feel unwell or experience symptoms of COVID-19, please follow NHS guidelines.

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, follow Government guidelines. If you’ve tested positive within 7 days of your visit to any of our facilities, please also let us know at the earliest opportunity by contacting the Covid Officer via 01334 466666 or emailing

Golf Academy 

Open 7am to 8.30pm daily (last balls 8pm). 

The short-game area will be open for use and lessons with the team of PGA Qualified Professionals are available to book. Please contact the Golf Academy via email or by phone 01334 466606.
Fittings at the Callaway Performance Centre will recommence on Monday 26th April. Demand is expected to be very high for the sessions for a number of weeks. These sessions can only be booked through your local retailer or PGA Professional. 

Club Hire 

  • Club hire is available, click here to request clubs. Restrictions may apply due to the opening hours of Clubhouses.​

Golf Buggies 

  • Limited availability and please note that only one person is allowed in a buggy unless sharing with someone from the same household. 


  • Limited caddies may be available, click here to request a caddie.

  • NO trainee caddies will be available this year.


Locker Rooms/Changing Facilities are fully open in the Links, Eden and Castle Course Clubhouses.

The current opening times are:

  • Links Clubhouse  6am – 9pm

  • Eden Clubhouse  6am – 8pm

  • ​Castle Course Clubhouse  7am – until last golfers or diners at Rock & Spindle depart

  • In addition to the clubhouses, The ​Old Pavilion will operate from 6:30am – 4pm (Mon-Sat)


Our golf shops within the Links Clubhouse, Castle Course Clubhouse and Old Course Shop are open and offer a wide range of golf products, from apparel to gifts.

  • Old Course Shop  9am - 5pm

  • Links Clubhouse Shop  8am - 5pm

  • ​Castle Course Clubhouse Shop  9am - 5pm

The St Andrews Links online shop offers shop and go options for last minute purchases, which can ensure golf balls or golf gloves are ready before you play as well as a click and collect service, where purchases can be collected from The Morris Building.

** Please note the 18th Green Shop will remain closed due to space limitations and compliance with Covid guidance.

Food and Drink 

Over the winter months a huge amount of work has been undertaken to ready some exciting new concepts within our Food and Drink operation. In each of our clubhouses you will find new ideas, identities and exciting menus for you to try.

  • In the Links Clubhouse we are delighted to present the Tom Morris Bar & Grill. Formerly the Swilcan Lounge, the Tom Morris Bar & Grill celebrates the life and influence of the Grand Old Man of Golf overlooking the courses he helped to shape. The Tom Morris Bar & Grill is a Scottish produce driven, casual dining restaurant with a real sense of history.  

  • At the Castle Course we are delighted to introduce an exciting new menu at the Rock & Spindle. Overlooking the spectacular coastline and boasting panoramic views across The Castle Course and the volcanic Rock & Spindle sea stack. Enjoy Scottish gastropub classics, handmade burgers, fresh fish and chips, mussels and fine, local ales, all within the modern clubhouse setting.

  • Located within the Eden Clubhouse, a popular spot for golfers playing the Eden, Strathtyrum and Balgove Courses, you will find Cafe Spike, which proudly serves simple, Scottish fayre. Whether you are an early riser or looking for a late lunch, you will find soups, sandwiches, home baking, Scottish-roasted coffee, tea and a selection of fine local ales, wine and ciders. The perfect spot for a pre or post golf visit for refreshments.

Indoor Hospitality is now extended to groups of 10 people from 4 households.
Opening times:

  • Tom Morris Bar & Grill: Open daily from 7am - 5pm 

  • Rock & Spindle: Open daily from 8am - 5pm

  • Cafe Spike: 9am - 4pm

  • Old Pavilion: 6am – 4pm

  • Halfway House: 8am – 6pm

  • West Sands Café: Closed   

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