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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 2020


The window for the Private Advance Tee Times Application 2020 is now closed.

A Ballot (lottery) will be drawn for each category. Golfers will be notified via email on 31st October 2019 to advise if their application has been successful or not.

Due to the high demand for Old Course times, it will unfortunately not be possible to offer all applicants a tee time. If you have any general questions about the application process, try searching our FAQ's page for the information you require.

Advance Reservations 



For 2020 bookings for the Old Course in January, February, March (limited availability), November and December and for all other courses from January to December 2020, you will be able to apply using the separate online booking enquiry form, which will be available on our website from Thursday 31st October – Wednesday 6th November 2019. We will respond to you with the outcome of your booking enquiry as soon as possible.

From Thursday 7th November 2019, the Reservations Department will also accept bookings for 2020 over the telephone on +44 (0)1334 466718.
Office hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00 (from 09:30 on Thursdays).


We are now fully booked on the Old Course until October 2019 inclusive. However, there are other routes available to try and obtain an Old Course tee time. These are listed in the sections below.  
For play in December 2019, bookings can be made subject to availability direct with the Reservations Department by email or by phone: +44 (0)1334 466718. Office hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00 (from 09:30 on Thursdays).

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. Playing over three consecutive days, in addition to the Old Course golfers can enjoy two rounds on the New or Jubilee Championship courses, the more forgiving Eden and Strathtyrum courses or the award winning Castle Course.

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.

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.


Authorised Providers of Old Course Tee Times

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

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