Frequently asked questions about travelling to world-famous golfing destinations
Here are some of the most common questions are golf tour guests ask us before they join one of our tours to world-famous golf destinations.
Questions – British Golf Tours
After your best chance of playing the Old Course in St Andrews? Lets take a look at how you can go about it.
The Old Course is fully booked for advance reservations from April to October inclusive, however booking a game book a tee-time on the Old Course in January, February, March, November and December bookings gives you a goof chance.
Old Course Ballot provides golfers with a chance at securing one of the nearly half of Old Course tee times that are available for Ballot each year. It is drawn 48 hours in advance of play and golfers should provide their names, home club and handicaps either online, by phone or at one of the clubhouses before 2pm, two days before the day they wish to play. To enter there must be a minimum of two and a maximum of four players.
Single Golfers are also in with a shot! Single golfers with suitable handicaps who wish to play the Old Course without an existing tee time should check in at the Old Pavilion on the day of play and the staff will do their best to join them with a two or three-ball group. There is no obligation on the existing golfers to make up a four-ball but common practice is that single golfers are warmly welcomed. With patience, this can be successful but there are no guarantees. Please check Busy Dates before travel.
There are also a number of Authorised Providers (Golf Tour Operators and Local Accommodation Providers) offering packages, including guaranteed Old Course tee times, throughout high season (15 April – 14 October, 2018). Contact us for more information this.
Don’t forget, you can also book to play any of the other amazing six St Andrews golf courses in the St Andrews Links Trust for 2018 – The New, The Castle, The Jubilee, Kingsbarns, Eden, Srathtyrum, and Balgrove.
Content researched at the St Andrews Links Trust – find out more here.
Is St Andrews on your golf bucket-list? Play it with us!
Come with us as we journey back too St Andrews, Scotland – where our director and tour leader (and PGA professional golfer) Kieran Moran is from! We’ll take you to play the best courses and to the best local ‘haunts’ that only a local knows!
Yes. We are proud to be Authorised Providers in partnership with The R&A, and as such we are authorised to see offical ticket packages to The Open 2020 at Royal St Georges. Contact us to find out more about attending The 149th Open at Royal St Georges.
As all our tour guides are PGA Professionals, all our guests benefit from scheduled PGA clinics that cover a range areas to work on from driving, to irons and chipping, to putting. Our tour guides also do their best to play as much as they can with each guest, and will provide in-game coaching throughout the tour.
We think it provides a bit of fun to hold a ‘friendly competition’ on our tours. That includes a round winner for each day we play, as well as an overall tour champion, which is awarded at the end of the tour. The winners receive prizes for their achievements.
We have been running golf tours for nearly ten years and our experience is that tours run smoothly when everything is organised and taken care of before departing. We like to ensure all accommodation, dining (breakfasts daily and lunches and dinners on golf days), golf, and transport are all arranged and paid for prior to leaving, so that all you have to do is focus on your golf when you land in your destination country.
We want you to squeeze as much enjoyment as possible out of each of our tours. That means, if you need some flexibility one morning in meeting a schedule or if you;d like help arranging sight seeing on a rest day, we will do out best to help. Please note, we have the ultimate enjoyment of the entire tour group to maintain, so individual requests aren’t always possible, but we ensure you, we will do our best to help.
We assist a lot of guests with hiring golf clubs, usually on our golf tours to The Open in Britain, St Andrews, and the USA, where the benefit of not travelling with clubs through airports combine with a relatively low cost to hire clubs, to sometimes outweighs the benefit of taking clubs. Having said that, many tour guests enjoy playing with their own clubs and so taking them along isn’t a problem for them.
For our golf tours to New Zealand and Tasmania, the costs of hiring clubs can be expensive and often it is more beneficial for guests to travel with their clubs.