Getting a last-minute tee time on the Old Course at St Andrews just got easier

The famous queue system at St Andrews is about to be replaced by a new Singles Daily Draw to play the Old Course.

What lengths would you go to to play at the Old Course in the Home of Golf? Many were (and still are) prepared to camp out overnight just to get a tee time on the best golf course in the world. Except now the St Andrews Links Trust are putting a stop to it.

From March 12, a new digitized solution will replace the old queuing system and let golfers pre-register in person at The Old Pavilion or Links Clubhouse between 9am-5pm on the day before they wish to play. 

You could make the walk across the famous Swilcan Bridge.

A randomized singles daily draw will then take place at 5pm and all entrants will be notified by text and email whether they have been allocated a tee time to join pre-existing groups of two or three.

Those singletons who aren’t selected will be slotted into priority order in case a tee time becomes available later in the day.

Of course, the lucky few will still need to part with £320 in peak season but at least they can sleep easy without queueing for lengthy periods.

You could play the most famous golf course in the world.

The Old Course ballot system, which caters for groups of up to four golfers, is not impacted by the new daily draw and can still be entered online before 2pm, two days before the date of play.

For a full list of ways to play the Old Course, visit the St Andrews Links Trust website.

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