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2021 Tee Time Availability
for the Old Course, St. Andrews

Guaranteed tee times for the Old Course at St. Andrews are always in high demand. Located on this page you will find a list of travel dates (beginning the week of) that can be used for planning purposes in an attempt to play the Old Course via the daily ballot or guaranteed advance starting times when you request a package of four or more nights for two or more golfers through The Golf Travel Group. It is very important to note that guaranteed starting times are based on a first come first serve basis and become limited very quickly!

Please note that The Golf Travel Group does have access to Old Course starting times throughout the travel season. When comparing similar tour quotes it is important to make sure that you are comparing a tour that is based on advance guaranteed times versus a tour that is based on the daily ballot (we are happy to quote both options based on available weeks). Rest assured, the value, service & travel experience you will receive while in St. Andrews will be second to none!

Please call or submit an online request regarding planning your 2021 & 2022 golf trip to St. Andrews. Plan early to take advantage of better availability.

Two Course Requirement

All pre-booked Old Course tee times are accompanied by a round on one of the other St Andrews Links Courses, typically either the New Course, Jubilee Course or Castle Course.


There are strict handicap restrictions for golfers wishing to play the Old Course. The handicap limits are 24 for men and 36 for ladies. All golfers must provide a proof of handicap in the form of a handicap card or certificate at the time of play. Also, there are no pre-bookable tee times for Saturdays and the Old Course is closed on Sundays.

Old Course Ballot

For golfers who have not managed to secure an Old Course tee time in advance, there is still an option to apply for one via the Daily Ballot system (sometimes referred to as the “lottery”). The St Andrews Old Course Ballot is drawn two days ahead of play 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 Friday, you would apply on the Wednesday. To enter the ballot, golfer’s names, home golf clubs and handicaps are required. The deadline for entering the ballot is 2pm and the results are typically available by 4pm. Our local representatives will assist with the above process for all of our golfers who have their golf tour booked with us. Our travelers will be advised if they have been successful in the Old Course Ballot and if not, arrange alternative golf for them. Please note that the Daily Ballot is only applicable for groups of 2 or more.

Single Golfer’s Policy

Please note that the Old Course at St. Andrews offers a Single Golfers Policy. Single golfers are allowed to sign in with the starter on the day play with the hopes of getting paired up with another group that has an available single spot. Play is not guaranteed but it provides an opportunity for single golfers. Please note that we are from time to time able to pair up a single golfer in advance if we happen to have a group that has a single slot open on the required date.

2021 Availability Chart Index

  • Ballot Only: No tee times available, for more information about the ballot please contact us.
  • Please Inquire: Please contact us to receive the most up to date information regarding available space, ballot play or tee times not being available. Please note that any available space could be singles to foursomes.
  • Course Closed: Old Course not open for visitor play.

These dates are accurate and correct as of November 11, 2020.

2021 Availability
April 12 – 18: Please Inquire
April 19 – 25: Please Inquire
April 26 – May 2: Please Inquire
May 3 – 9: Please Inquire (Spring Meeting)
May 10 – 16: Please Inquire
May 17 – 23: Please Inquire
May 24 – 30: Please Inquire
May 31 – June 6: Please Inquire
June 7 – 13: Please Inquire (Rotary Week)
June 14 – 20: Please Inquire
June 21 – 27: Please Inquire
June 28 – July 4: Please Inquire
July 5 – 11: Please Inquire
July 12 – 18: Please Inquire
July 19 – 25: Please Inquire
July 26 – August 1: Please Inquire
August 2 – 8: Please Inquire
August 9 – 15: Please Inquire
August 16 – 22: Please Inquire
August 23 – 29: Please Inquire
August 30 – September 5: Please Inquire
September 6 – 12: Ballot Only
September 13 – 19: Course Closed (Fall Meeting)
September 20 – 26: Course Closed (Fall Meeting)
September 27 – October 2: Please Inquire
October 3 – 10: Course Closed (Dunhill Cup)
October 11 – 17: Please Inquire
October 18 – 31: Please Inquire
November 1 – December 31: Please Inquire (Winter Season)