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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 onlineby 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 the ballot is drawn or on the day before, 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.
  • The result of the ballot is available after 4.30pm the same day. You can check the Ballot Results page or phone back after this time.
  • 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 - 36 for men and ladies. Unfortunately we do not accept letters of introduction from your local Club Professional. Please check in for your round at least 20 minutes prior to your tee time.
  • Only the named golfers on the ballot entry are permitted to play. For Local Priority Times, please log into the Links Ticketholder page.
  • Trolley restrictions apply on the Old Course. Find out more here.
  • 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 you 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.

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