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How to Play The Old Course

It is easier to obtain a tee time on the Old Course at St Andrews than many might think.

There are four main ways to do so if you have a suitable handicap (24 for men and 36 for women) and this post explains each of them in detail. The first way is to apply through the Advanced Reservations process at the start of September for play the following year. The second, and most common way, is to enter the Daily Ballot which is drawn each day for play the following day. Thirdly, Single Golfers can approach the Starter on the day they wish to play and he will try to slot them in with groups going out that day. Finally, guaranteed premium tee times can be purchased from the Old Course Experience.

More about the Daily Ballot. Nearly half of the total number of tee times on the Old Course each year are allocated to the Daily Ballot to give people who have been unable to book in advance a chance of playing. It is drawn each day for the next day’s play and on Saturday for Monday play although from January 7th 2012 this will be changing to a 48 hour ballot. Golfers should provide their names, home club and handicap details (24 for men and 36 for women) either by phone on +44 (0)1334 466666 or at one of the clubhouses before 2pm on the day before they wish to play or on Saturday for Monday. The draw will be made shortly after that and the results posted by 4pm each day. There must be at least two golfers in the group. Click here for the latest ballot results.

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Rob Babcock
Author/Golfer/The Golf Guide Guy

Posted in Scotland