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St Andrews - How to play the Old Course

For golfers who have not managed to secure an Old Course tee time in advance, there is the option to apply for one via the Daily Ballot system. The St Andrews Old Course Ballot is drawn two days ahead of play, every day of the week with the exception of Friday as there is no play on the Old Course on Sundays. For example, if you wish to enter the ballot for a tee time on Thursday, you would apply on the Tuesday. If you wish to enter the ballot for a tee time on a Monday, you would apply on a Saturday.

To enter the ballot, golfers names, home golf clubs and handicaps are required (Maximum of 24 for men and 36 for ladies). The deadline for entering the ballot is 2pm and the results are usually available by 4pm. 

We will organize your ballot application for you and let you know whether you have been successful. We will also, subject to availability, organize other golf if you are not successful on the Ballot

It should be noted that some of the best possible times to Ballot for the Old Course is in the early part of the year, April, May June  and July as there are more tee times available because of longer daylight hours. Players can still get off at 5.30 pm and still finish in full, and often stunning evening light.

As a member at Gleneagles I play all my medal rounds in the evening, starting at around 4pm through to 5.45pm from April through to the first week in August.