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Who’s Managed to Secure a 2016 Tee Time on the Old Course?

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#1 Golfbreaks.com

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Posted 30 October 2015 - 11:30 AM

With the results of the St Andrews Links Old Course advance tee time applications coming out this week, I was wondering if any lucky people out there had managed to secure one (or more than one!)?

If you have, firstly congratulations and secondly what other courses are you planning on playing in the area? Are you going for the big names: Old, New, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, Gleneagles… or are you throwing in a few lesser known gems such as Panmure, Monifieth, Blairgowrie, etc…

Or perhaps you are going further afield to the West Coast to play Turnberry, Prestwick, Troon (Open permitting…) or going down to Lothian to play Gullane, North Berwick,  Muirfield, etc.?

Anyway, I would love to hear whether you got hold of an Old Course tee time and what your trip itinerary is.

Or... if you’re not planning a trip (or did not succeed in the application) what would your dream Old Course trip itinerary be!

Thanks, Guy

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Posted 30 October 2015 - 12:27 PM

We did not get an old course time, but will go anyway.  Group of 8.

Plan is Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, 3 day pass at St Andrews for the other courses, and wait in line a day or 2 for the old course (or try to get a time via the 2day lottery)

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Posted 30 October 2015 - 12:38 PM

We have times on June 27 and 28th.  Very excited.  The son of one of my best golf buds booked it and is surprising his Dad with the gift next week.  Very hard not to say anything to him.

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 08:40 AM

 DavePelz4, on 30 October 2015 - 12:38 PM, said:

We have times on June 27 and 28th.  Very excited.  The son of one of my best golf buds booked it and is surprising his Dad with the gift next week.  Very hard not to say anything to him.

My good friend turns 40 next year and wanted to go play golf in Scotland, we had planned a 9 day trip. first 4 just the 2 of us the last 5 his brother and another friend would join us. We won the lottery for St andrews so our schedule is as  follows

Friday       Cruden Bay
Saturday   Kingbarns
Sunday     North Berwick
Monday    Hoping for St Andrews 2 people on daily ballot
Tuesday    Off
Wednesday  Carnoustie
Thursday    Muirfield morning    Guliane Afternoon
Friday         Castle course morning   Old Course afternoon
Saturday    Kingsbarn
Sunday      Fly home

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 06:16 PM

I got mine set for July 12th as a single.


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Posted 04 November 2015 - 12:59 PM

Thanks for your comments everyone. It is definitely a good call to go to St Andrews anyway even if you have not secured tee times on the Old Course as the chances of being successful in the daily ballot are fairly high. Chances of success can be between 60% and 90% depending on the time of year.

Standing in line at dawn is also an option, but you need to get up early to stand a chance as it is a well trodden route. Matt, our Scotland Country Manager, used to live in St Andrews when he was younger and told me that he used to see hopeful golfers waiting in line around the Pavilion as he was piling put of the local nightclub in the early hours!!

It might actually be best to take your clubs with you on night out in the auld toon and then go straight from the nightclub to the Pavilion (and miss out the middle man - sleep...)! It saves spending on accommodation as well... (and everyone's clubs are their best buddy after all...).

@zilli1010 I'm intrigued to know why you are playing Kingbarns twice instead of one of the other great courses in the area? Is this because you have a split group arriving at different times and everyone wants to play it?

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Posted 04 November 2015 - 01:14 PM

we got ours for 8 guys.  I didn't have any involvement, other than stroking check.
Fri              fly out
Sat             Crail (Balcomie)
Sunday       Carnoustie
monday       Kingsbarns
tues            Old Course St andrews
wed            Jubilee course St andrews
Thurs          North Berwick
Friday         Gullane #1
sat             Delta.....flying home
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Posted 04 November 2015 - 11:22 PM

 Golfbreaks.com, on 04 November 2015 - 12:59 PM, said:

Thanks for your comments everyone. It is definitely a good call to go to St Andrews anyway even if you have not secured tee times on the Old Course as the chances of being successful in the daily ballot are fairly high. Chances of success can be between 60% and 90% depending on the time of year.

Standing in line at dawn is also an option, but you need to get up early to stand a chance as it is a well trodden route. Matt, our Scotland Country Manager, used to live in St Andrews when he was younger and told me that he used to see hopeful golfers waiting in line around the Pavilion as he was piling put of the local nightclub in the early hours!!

It might actually be best to take your clubs with you on night out in the auld toon and then go straight from the nightclub to the Pavilion (and miss out the middle man - sleep...)! It saves spending on accommodation as well... (and everyone's clubs are their best buddy after all...).

@zilli1010 I'm intrigued to know why you are playing Kingbarns twice instead of one of the other great courses in the area? Is this because you have a split group arriving at different times and everyone wants to play it?

Thanks, Guy

That is correct. I'm plain with another buddy that can only come for 5 days. HE wanted to play it so I took advantage of the replay special. It's half price if you play another round within 7 days of each other

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Posted 09 November 2015 - 06:22 AM

@cradd10  - yes, that is an wonderful trip. Enjoy it!

If you are planning a trip to St Andrews or the surrounding area in near future, it's worth reading this article by Kieran Clark. He is an independent writer for Golfshake.com and a fanatical Scottish golfer. He has given us his views on the Top 10 courses in St Andrews, Fife, Angus and Perthshire.

See:  Top 10 courses in St Andrews, Fife, Angus and Perthshire

Let me know if you agree with him, or are there some courses that he's left out? Or others that are not worthy of a top 10 position, and should be bumped out!

Thanks, Guy
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Posted 16 December 2015 - 04:34 AM

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Posted 17 December 2015 - 03:27 PM

Not sure where you are staying but it is a long way from St  Andrews / Kingsbarns to N Berwick / Gullane.....Stay around St Andrews and then relocate to Edinburgh at the end to be close to Golf Coast then the airport

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