St Andrews Old Course – Guaranteed Tee Times



2017 Old Course Times
Last Remaining Times Available:
16th May – 4 players
17th October – 8 players

Virtually all the prebookable tee times for 2017 are now sold. However, we are still scheduling The Old Course into many new enquiries for tours that include The Home of Golf. You will probably stay there for 3 or 4 days and we will enter you into the daily ballot until you are successful. Over that 3 or 4 day time period, based on previous year’s experiences, we expect virtually all the golfers will play the course.

2018 Old Course Times
The process for reserving times for 2018 is changing significantly. Please be aware of the new key dates so your application is submitted at the right time.

There are 3 different allocations of tee times that we can source for you :-

Trade times
These are tee times that are reserved for Golf Tours Operators like us. We have now applied for our 2018 times.  Contact us today to reserve your 2018 trip.
Direct times
If we don’t have any times available on the dates you wish to play, you can then apply for your own tee time direct and if successful we can build the rest of tour round your Old Course tee time. The direct applications window opens in late August 2017 for the 2018 season and closes 3 weeks later.

For more information please read the St Andrews Links web site: 

Swilken Bridge, Old Course St AndrewsVIP packages
Over the past 20+ years St Andrews have authorised The Old Course Experience to offer VIP packages that were very expensive and included golf and accommodation. This service is being discontinued after October 2017. In future, you can reserve more cost-effective packages through the wider golf tour operator industry that we are part of. Ask us for more details now.


Ballot times
If you are not successful at acquiring a trade time, or a direct time, don’t despair. There are still plenty of ballot times. However the ballot takes place 2 days before play, so you will travel to St Andrews and then find out when you get there if you have got a ballot time. We will deal with the process of entering your names at the right time for your group. The ballot times are the least expensive method of acquiring a tee time.

In practise, we usually plan for groups wanting to play The Old Course to stay in St Andrews for at least 3 or 4 days and play other courses each day, keeping one day free for The Old Course. If you are unsuccessful in the ballot on the day we have kept free it, then we are usually able to rearrange tee times at the other courses you are playing, to make sure you play all the courses in your tour. We deal with all that for you when you are here.

How far ahead can I book my tour?
The larger the group (8 players +) the further ahead you should plan your tour. We are now accepting tours bookings for 2018, and for British Open packages in 2018 and 2019.

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All golfers will be required to produce handicap certificates to the Starter confirming their handicap is 24 or better for Gents and 36 or better for Ladies.

These should be requested in advance a few days before play. The caddies fee is approximately £65 including tip and should be paid in cash at the end of the round..

Carts are not available on the Old Course. A few carts are allowed for people who are registered disabled. Book it when you have obtained your tee time.

Pull trolleys
Pull trolleys are only available after 12 noon on The Old Course.

Please note that the course is always closed on Sundays.

Green fees
From 17 April to 15 October 2017 is £175.

Don’t despair……as difficult as it sounds to get a time on the course, we are pleased to advise that we obtained daily ballot times for over 95% of golfers who booked with us, in April, May & June and over 75% in July and 50% in August. Scotland Tours have been arranging for thousands players from all over the world to play golf on The Old Course since 1997 and our reputation with the St Andrews Links is impeccable. Nobody tries harder to get you a time than Scotland Tours.

Swilken Bridge, The Old COurse St AndrewsScotland Tours PGA Coaching Session

All golf tours to Scotland, with 4 or more golfers, will have a complimentary 1 hour group coaching session included. Most of these sessions will be run by a PGA Professional and will be scheduled into your tour, usually on your arrival day or within a few days of arrival. If you prefer not to have this service please just tell us!

Arriving in Scotland to play many of the famous courses that are on most golfer’s bucket list, you will want to play your “A” game. Our Pro can help you out and give you the best possible start to your tour.

Not only do we want you to go home with great memories of an amazing trip, we want you to enjoy playing your best golf when you are here.

Book your next tour with Scotland Tours. ” we plan it – you play it”

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