MONTH OF THE YEAR
APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT 59% 21% 20% 16% 14% 17% 19%
DAY OF THE WEEK
MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN 20% 21% 16% 23% 15% 30% n/a
St Andrews 'Guaranteed' Tee Times
There is a heavy price premium on a guarantee a tee-time. Plus they usually involve a minimum hotel stay in St Andrews of at least three nights, playing an additional St Andrews course is mandatory, and normally a minimum food & drink spend in a specified hotel. So are they worth it? The answer to that question really is "it depends ...". If money is no object, and you don't mind paying much more than you might need to, and you're short of time, then they might be. Otherwise Faraway Fairways wouldn't be convinced and would tend to encourage folk to try the 'advance guaranteed ballot' as a first resort
Muirfield operates a handicap threshold of 18 which is the lowest we'll encounter. So long as you can meet this, you'll be alright everywhere else
North Berwick operates a handicap threshold of 24 for gentlemen, and 36 for ladies respectively.
Gullane’s Number 1 course applies a handicap threshold of 24 for gentlemen, and 30 for ladies respectively.
St Andrews advise the following for the Old Course. “A current official handicap card (Golf Club affiliated to a Golf Union/Association) record or certificate must be presented to the starter prior to play. Maximum handicaps – 36 for both gentlemen and ladies. St Andrews will not accept letters of introduction from a local Club Professional”.
Some known issues to consider
St Andrews, Carnoustie, and Kingsbarns jointly host the Dunhill Links challenge in the first week of October
The university's graduation week takes place in mid June for a full week of June. This causes a price spike in hotels and sold-outs about 9 months before. It does however improve your prospects of playing through the ballot by about 5% each day as there are less golfers in St Andrews
Muirfield open their diary at the end of March for play the following. Something like a 12-18 month lead time. The popular times sell-out within weeks. If you wish to include Muirfield, this is the planning timeline we'll need to observe
Edinburgh hosts their 'festival' in August which also causes a price spike in accommodation although its often an exciting (if expensive), time to visit