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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.