Each year the Advance Reservations window opens in late August for two weeks.
- It is best if you are prepared to make "good application" at this time.
- A "good application" is an application where you know the names of the trip participants and have identified dates that you can travel.
The Daily Ballot
The Ballot is a system to access the Old Course for those visiting St. Andrews without an Old Course tee time. Despite its overwhelming popularity, the Old Course still upholds the tradition of a ballot (lottery) drawn two days ahead of play (except for Sundays and tournament days).
This enables golfers who are in the area to still have the opportunity to play the Old Course during their visit. This reflects the public spirit of St Andrews Links and its commitment to staying as open and accessible to all golf lovers.
Last resort when all else fails :) Each day you can report to the Starters Box at the Old Course and get in line to fill any open spots that may become available at the last minute.