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Specialist planning tools & advice to turn your dreams of playing St Andrews Old Course into reality


Who I am

Hi, I’m Chris Toll , Golf Travel Specialist and founder of Ginger Beer.

I have been working with golfers to plan their dream trips for over 20 years now. For much of that time I lived in and around St Andrews where I also owned and provided 5 star golfer accommodation.

In an increasingly competitive space I help source the best courses for your game, tee times, including the golden ticket of an Old Course tee time, transport and accommodation. My niche is personal, dedicated service and going the extra mile for my clients.

I am a champion of the single golfer, as I understand the difficulty for singles to source tee times and the inconvenience of queuing up overnight for a chance to play on the Old Course. Which is how my unique BallotBuddy service was conceived – a date-matching service to help you find a partner for an Old Course ballot application.

I am excited about a new service – a one-stop-shop of last minute tee times for the best courses in and around St Andrews. For golfers who have failed in the Old Course ballot and now have an empty golf day to fill with a stellar substitute, or simply need to re-arrange your golf itineraries around a ballot friendly itinerary – this service is for you.

As well as being a big fan of the game of golf I am also a bit of a numbers geek … so I have produced in-depth reports and analyses that you won’t have seen anywhere else to help with your trip plans. I reveal stats for St Andrews Old Course ballot success as well as single slots available for ‘walk up’ golfers waiting in line.

I also compare the Old Course with other top flight courses in the area – whether you are an expert or average golfer, playing off men’s or ladies’ tees. I’ve done a similar analysis for courses around Valderrama in Spain, my other area of interest and expertise.

Chris Toll, Ginger Beer Golf Travel
Chris Toll, Golf Travel Specialist and founder of Ginger Beer Golf Travel

I have been providing travel planning advice to golfers for over 20 years

Old Course St Andrews, Swilken Bridge
Put some ‘pop’ into your planning with Ginger Beer Golf Travel

What I do

St Andrews, Scotland, or Valderrama and the sunny fairways of Sotogrande, Spain – I am here to help you plan your path to a stress-free, memorable golf trip.

I can build the right itinerary, avoiding all the common planning pitfalls along the way.

If you go the DIY route, I am here as your back-up resource, with data-driven tips and advice.

A unique service from Ginger Beer Golf Travel.

Check last minute tee times for today, tomorrow and in 2 days time for 25 or so of the best courses in and around St Andrews.

Book with the course directly. Ideal for those who have failed in the Old Course ballot or those who need to plan a flexible itinerary around a ballot application.

Are you a single golfer and want to play St Andrews Old Course?

Register on our BallotBuddy service and enter the dates you are coming to St Andrews.

If there is a date match with another single player I will hook you up. As a 2 ball you can now enter the ballot for a tee time. No more waiting in line!

Plan your golf trip of a lifetime

Old Course St Andrews, 1st tee golfer

3 key ways I can help you with your St Andrews golf trip

I offer impartial help and advice to secure a guaranteed St Andrews Old Course tee time, whether you trip is bucket-list or budget-oriented.

Well what can I say, Chris dotted every ‘i’ and crossed every ‘t’, our trip was exactly as planned by Chris with excellent info and itineraries provided. Will definitely use this company again.

D MAYOR, April 2019
Planning a DIY trip?
I’ve analysed over 18,000 Old Course tee times over the last 2 years.
For ANY date range, month, week or day I can share insights for:
  • daylight hours and tee time availability
  • successful and unsuccessful ballot applicants
  • your chances of ballot success
  • breakdown by group size – 2, 3 or 4 ball
  • potential single slots available for walk ups on the day
I have written FREE, in-depth, data-rich reports to help you kick-start your Old Course trip planning process:

Getting an Old Course tee time

If the steps to an Old Course tee time appear difficult and unclear, I lift the haar and set out 4 ways (with a bonus 5th option) to get you walking the most famous fairway in golf.

Updated for 2021 trip planning and Covid-19.

St Andrews – golf trip planning strategies

Using data from previous years, I guide you through when to travel and how long to stay in St Andrews to maximise your chance of playing the Old Course via the ballot – the best-value ticket in the whole of golf.

Covid-19 and its impact on Old Course Tee times in 2020 and 2021 (updated Aug 2020)

Reviews for my golf planning service

Average rating:  
 35 reviews
 by Mike Hassell on Ginger Beer Golf Travel
St Andrews Golf Trip

Getting tee times at St. Andrews so we can plan our Scotland vacation is tough enough - throw in a health dose of COVID 19 and 2020 tee time transfers to 2021, and the challenge becomes almost unsurmountable. Thankfully, I stumbled across Ginger Beer Golf Travel and engaged with Chris in helping us get our heads wrapped around the various options. Chris was extremely helpful and navigated us to a successfully scheduled four day golf package which will now allow us to plan the remaining days of or Trip. Chris's knowledge and ability to answer questions we had, and even those we didn't, but still needed to know, helped us immensely. Hats off to Chris for his professional and personal touch.

 by Michael on Ginger Beer Golf Travel
Understanding the Ballot System

I have been looking to see how to best secure a tee time for the Old Course without paying the high prices of “Authorized Provider” packages that didn’t fit our plans. I came across Chris’ website and was amazed at the amount of information provided. My direct communications were even more informative. He is extremely knowledgeable, forthcoming with information and quick to respond to all inquiries. After previously being shut out to play the Old, I am confident Chris has improved our chances significantly. I highly recommend working with Chris on however you plan to approach visiting and playing at St Andrews. You won’t be disappointed.

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M Sylvester, Old Course St Andrews
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Like to do more trip research?

Then you will love my in depth reports and analyses to help you research and plan your perfect itinerary.

Old Course St Andrews, view over Swilken Bridge and 17th fairway

Last Minute Tee Times

Failed to get on the Old Course and looking for ‘plan B’?
Try Last Minute Tee Times
A one-stop-shop to secure a last-minute tee time at the best courses in the St Andrews area

The best 25 Old Course alternatives including Major Championship and Open Qualifying venues and their tee time availability today, tomorrow and in 2 days time.

Click through to book directly with the course

Find an Old Course Ballot Partner


  • 80% date match rate in 2019
  • 50 rounds of golf on the Old Course



Reviews for BallotBuddy

Average rating:  
 9 reviews
 by tommy walker on Ginger Beer Golf Travel
St Andrews Old Course

Most of this year because of restrictions, it has been impossible to play the Old Course as a single player walk-up. BallotBuddy was invaluable to join up with other golfers wishing to play the course and gain access. BallotBuddy paired me up with another golfer and we were successful on our second ballot attempt. Ginger Beer Golf Travel were invaluable helping me get another course off my bucket list when traditional options were very limited. I highly recommend them.

 by Christian Beek on Ginger Beer Golf Travel
After 10 years....

We have the privilege of owning a property a mere 200 yards from the 1st tee of the Old Course since 2010. But that does not help at all in getting a tee time as a single player. Chris makes this possible and we succeeded in August of this year. His initiative is unique and deserves recognition.

Looking forward to the opportunities ahead! Christian

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BallotBuddy success August 2020
“We could not have done any of this without you. We are very grateful. Thank you. Aug 2020

Golf in Spain

With Valderrama at centre stage, the Sotogrande area at the western end of the Costa del Sol now plays host to a collection of the finest golf courses in Spain.  Perhaps in all of Europe, only St Andrews can claim to rival such a concentration and variety of fine courses.

La Reserva, 6th tee

Valderrama and the Sotogrande area

Think for a moment that in the course of a 7 night golf vacation you have the chance to play at venues which have hosted Ryder Cup, Volvo World Match Play Championships, PGA European Tour events and the Tour Qualifying School. Course designers like Robert Trent Jones Snr, Dave Thomas and more recently Cabell Robinson have shaped the local golfing landscape. Even Seve has left his mark on the design front.

I can source the best deals, find you the perfect accommodation for your group and organise your golf course transfers.



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Golfer Resources

Like to do your own trip research?

Extensive research reports. I have compared and contrasted the top courses in and around St Andrews and Sotogrande and pored over 1000’s of Old Course tee times to help you make the best decisions about your golf trip.

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