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. Faraway Fairways wouldn't be completely convinced a guaranteed tee-time is worth pursuing for this tour, especially as they aren't sold for weekends anyway.
An aggressive and determined application of the walk-up rule, allied to a normal ballot application or two, should tilt the odds in your favour
Experience of angling will always place you at an advantage but isn’t essential. Beginners and even ‘first timers’ can be accommodated and are welcomed. Each part has an experience ghillie assigned to them
River Tweed Golf Opportunities
Combines particularly well with golf at Muirfield, North Berwick, Gullane, and anything Edinburgh.
River Tay Golf Opportunities
Combines particularly well with golf at St Andrews, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and Gleneagles. Fishing on the Tay can involve the use of a boat as well
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”.
Carnoustie applies a handicap threshold of 28 for gentlemen, and 36 for ladies respectively.
North Berwick applies 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.
Some known issues to consider
St Andrews, Carnoustie, and Kingsbarns jointly host the Dunhill Links challenge in the first week of October
St Andrews university's graduation week takes place in mid-June and lasts a full week. 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
Edinburgh hosts their 'festival' in August which also causes a price spike in accommodation although its often an exciting (if expensive), time to visit