The Old Course

"I fell in love with it the first day I played it. There's just no other golf course that is even remotely close."
Jack Nicklaus

"Without a doubt I like it the best of all the Open venues. It's my favourite course in the world."
Tiger Woods

Booking information
There is a handicap requirement of 24 for men and 36 for ladies. Please bring a valid certificate or card. The Old Course is closed Sundays.

The Ballot System
Around 50 per cent of all starting times over the year are put into the daily ballot (lottery) which is drawn every day for next day's play. The Saturday draw is for Monday play.

Chances vary according to the time of year, how busy the course is and the weather. A minimum two golfers can enter by telephone, 01334 466666, or in person before 2pm on the day before play. Names, home clubs and handicaps are required. The results are shown by 4pm on the web, and at various locations on the Links.

Single golfers
The most common way for a single to get on the Old Course is by going to the starter as early as possible in the morning. The starter will try to join the golfer with the first available 2 or 3 ball.


Advance applications
An advance application form and guidelines are available to download.
For further information, please contact:
Reservations Office, St Andrews Links Trust, Pilmour House, St Andrews Fife KY16 9SF Scotland
Tel +44 (0)1334 466666; Fax +44 (0)1334 477036 reservations@standrews.org.uk
Opening Times : Monday-Friday 9am-5pm (Thursday from 9.30am)