Old Course Singles Daily Draw

The new way to enter the ballot for a tee time at The Old Course at St. Andrews


Effective Tuesday, March 12, 2024, there will be a new “Old Course Singles Daily Draw” for golfers looking to fill in any spaces alongside booked twosomes or threesomes at the ancient links for the following day

For the opportunity to get on The Old Course as a single, golfers will now need to register at one of two places between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the day before they hope to play The Old Course:

1. The pavilion beside The Old Course’s first tee
2. The St. Andrews Links Clubhouse

Then, at 5 p.m., the Links Trust will hold a randomized drawing for the available spots, and will notify golfers via text whether or not they have been selected to play The Old Course the following day alongside an existing group.

This new system does away with a longstanding St. Andrews golf tradition: the nightly queue of golfers at the Old Course to fill in each day’s last open tee time slots on a first-come,first-served basis. In recent years, the queue has grown, with some golfers waiting as long as 12 hours, sometimes in bad weather, to take one of the first spots in line.

“We are excited to introduce the new digital solution for the Old Course Singles Daily Draw, which makes securing a tee time as a single golfer at the Home of Golf safer, more equitable and ultimately a more enjoyable experience,” said Neil Coulson, the Links Trust’s Chief Executive. “The significant growth in the number of golfers utilizing the singles queue in the past decade has been such that we felt it was impacting the customer experience and becoming increasingly challenging for our dedicated team to manage expectations.”

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