The 5 ways to obtain a tee time are
Old Course Experience
Golf Tour Operator
1. Advance Reservations
The Advance Reservation Process is being changed for the 2015 season to bring it in line with the Old Course Ballot where there is a draw to determine who has been successful.
Advance Reservations will be accepted from 1000 BST on Wednesday 27th August for a 20 day window until 1400 BST on Monday 15th September. A ballot will be drawn to determine tee time allocations.
The thinking behind the change is to take the pressure off of having to apply immediately after 1400 BST as tee times will now be allocated on a random basis rather than first come first served.
To submit an application go to the Ballot page on the St Andrews Links website, which will be available by 27th August. The website provides useful information and guidelines for completing the form.
2. Daily Ballot
After the Advance Reservations have been allocated, almost 50% of the remaining St Andrews Old Course Tee Times are allocated to the Daily Ballot.
This allows golfers who were unable to secure St Andrews Old Course tee times through advance reservations, a chance to play the Old Course.
The Daily Ballot draw takes place 48 hours in advance of the date of play and applicants must provide their names, home club and handicap details, either by telephone, at the starters box at the Old Course St Andrews or at one of the Clubhouses prior to 2pm.
Important points to remember if you are entering the Ballot
There must be at least 2 players, single players cannot enter the Ballot
Names, home club and handicaps are required
Maximum handicaps are 24 for men and 36 for women
You may enter the Ballot
In person at the Starters Box at the Old Course
One of the Clubhouses
By telephoning +44 (0)1334 466666
All 3 options must be completed prior to 1400hrs 2 days before date of play
No Friday Ballot as the Old Course is closed on a Sunday
Golfers who are successful in the Ballot must present a current official handicap card, record or certificate to the starter prior to play and a letter of introduction from a club professional is not acceptable
Single golfers can visit the Starters Box at the Old Course on the day they wish to play and the Starter will endeavor to slot them in with groups which are less than a four ball, playing that day.
Guaranteed Premium Tee Times
The Old Course Experience to provide guaranteed premium St Andrews Old Course tee times, but these are expensive a require a minimum of three days in St Andrews.
Golf Tour Operators/ Local Hotels
Some tour operators and local hotels have allocations of guaranteed tee times for the Old Course. These tee times are limited and in addition to being sold out very quickly, there is a premium on these times the amount of which can vary. A second St Andrews golf course is included in this method.