The St Andrews Experience

If Scotland is the ‘Home of Golf’ then the Old Course St. Andrews must be considered the ‘holy grail’ for every golfer. One of the oldest golf courses in the world, if not indeed the oldest, it is pivotal to how the game has developed over the years.

Old Course in ReverseTravelling the Fairways offers you a unique opportunity to include a round of golf on the Old Course as part of your golfing itinerary. A chance to play where all the greatest golfers in the world have played and test your skills against some of the most famous landmarks in golf like: The Swilcan Burn, Hell Bunker, The Road Hole and the Valley of Sin - you really do have to plot your way around the golf course. The Old Course St. Andrews is the most iconic golf course in the world and when you walk up the 18th fairway and are just about to finish your round, take a moment to think about the history this marvellous old links has given us over the years. It’s a magical place and there is nowhere like it.

The Old Course St. Andrews is a public course and along with the New, Jubilee, Eden and Castle Courses are run by the Links Trust St Andrews. The Old Course is hugely popular with visiting golfers travelling from all corners of the world and as such tee times are highly sought after. You have several options in order to secure a game on the Old Course and we have listed some information below to help. However, the best advice will always be to make your arrangements as early as possible.

Scott Sheldon Group at the Old Course

Old Course St Andrews – tee time availability

For your information, with regards to tee times on the Old Course, St Andrews, Travelling the Fairways has access to a limited amount of guaranteed ‘Trade’ tee times from April through to October and these are sold on a first come, first served basis and are sold within our premium packages to include accomodations in St.Andrews. We are also able to obtain corporate packages which are more readily available and include a minimum of 3 night’s accommodations along with golf on the Old and New Courses, St Andrews and a choice of a round at either Carnoustie or Kingsbarns. These packages, although expensive, are more readily available. However, the least expensive way to obtain a tee time on the Old Course is through the ballot system. 

Old Course Hole Guide

The ballot system works by entering your names, home golf clubs and handicaps to the Links Trust before 12 noon, two days prior to the day you wish to play. We are happy to manage and guide you through this process and will be able to let you know which days work better than others as the amount of ballot times can vary from week to week. The results are then posted at 4pm in order to see if you have been successful in obtaining a tee time. Handicap limits are 24 for gentlemen and 36 for ladies and proof of handicap must be provided to the starter on the day of play. If unsuccessful, there are plenty of options for golf in the St Andrews area that can be scheduled. As the ballot system does not guarantee that you will be successful in obtaining a time on the Old Course St Andrews, we do strongly suggest, that you allow at least two to three days optimising your chances in the ballot. Within the immediate St Andrews area there are several top quality links courses, namely, New Course, Eden Course, Jubilee Course, Castle Course, Torrance Course, all St Andrews, Kingsbarns, Crail, Lundin Links, Leven, Elie and Scotscraig and Travelling the Fairways will be happy to make a reservation for you at any of these courses.


The St Andrews Experience

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I just wanted to say thanks again for the wonderful trip. As I told you before I thought the trip was first class from start to finish. Your company took care of all of the details to the letter. Please pass along my thanks and compliments to Martin as well, he took very good care us! Thanks again for a wonderful Scottish experience!

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