Can you play the Old Course at St Andrews?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

I’d be happy to provide a detailed answer to your question about playing the Old Course at St Andrews.

As someone who has had the opportunity to play the Old Course, let me start by saying that it is truly a remarkable experience. The Old Course is known as the “Home of Golf” and has a rich history dating back to the 15th century. It’s a course that every golfer dreams of playing at least once in their lifetime.

Now, let’s get to the main question: Can you play the Old Course at St Andrews? The answer is yes, you can play the Old Course, but there are some important things to keep in mind. First and foremost, tee times on the Old Course are in high demand and can be quite difficult to secure. The Old Course operates on a ballot system, where you can enter your name for a chance to be randomly selected for a tee time. This can be a bit of a lottery, as there are often more people wanting to play than there are available tee times.

However, if you’re determined to play the Old Course and don’t want to leave it up to chance, there is another option. You can book a tee time in advance as part of a two-course package. This means that along with your tee time on the Old Course, you also have to take up the option to play another one of the St Andrews Links Courses. The package typically includes a round on the Old Course and a round on one of the other courses, such as the New Course, Jubilee Course, or Castle Course.

Booking a two-course package guarantees you a tee time on the Old Course, but it does come at a higher cost. However, for many golfers, the opportunity to play the Old Course is well worth the investment. It’s important to note that availability for these packages can also be limited, so it’s advisable to book well in advance to secure your desired dates.

In terms of the golfing experience itself, playing the Old Course is unlike any other. The course is steeped in history and offers a unique and challenging layout. The famous features, such as the Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker, add to the aura and excitement of the round. Walking in the footsteps of golfing legends and taking in the stunning views of the town of St Andrews make for an unforgettable experience.

While it may require some planning and investment, playing the Old Course at St Andrews is definitely possible. Whether you try your luck with the ballot system or opt for a two-course package, the opportunity to tee it up on this iconic course is something every golfer should strive for. So, if you have the chance, go for it and make your golfing dreams come true at the Home of Golf.