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Ginger Beer Golf Travel
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.
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.
Ballot Buddy – Old Course
I am a champion of the single golfer.
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 Ballot Buddy service was conceived – a date-matching service to help you find a partner for an Old Course ballot application.
If 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!
Muirfield Booking Buddy
Muirfield tee times for 2023 sold out in a matter of hours.
Advance bookings for 2024 open in March 2024. To apply you must be a 4 ball.
If you are a single golfer or part of a 2 or 3 ball then use my Muirfield Booking Buddy service and find yourself the perfect Booking Buddy match to make up a 4 ball.
Last minute tee times
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.
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.
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.
Plan your golf trip of a lifetime
Put some ‘pop’ into your planning with Ginger Beer Golf Travel
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 2022/3 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.
Updated for 2022/3 trip planning and Covid-19.
Reviews for my golf planning service
Chris planned a trip to Scotland for 8 of us in 2020. Due to COVID it was cancelled and rebooked a couple of times, and FINALLY we were able to travel in 2022. Throughout the process, Chris was in constant communication with changes and rebookings. The hotels and transportation arranged by Chris all exceeded our expectations. He also managed our tee times throughout Scotland as well as the daily lottery at St Andrews. We really can't say enough good things about Chris and the service he provides. We highly recommend Ginger Beer Golf for your next golf trip and we can't wait to use him again.
Together with three golf mates we wanted to play the premier courses in the Sotogrande area, including the bucket list Valderrama. Chris managed to get us perfect tee off times at it and La Reserva and Real Sotogrande - and even to arrange a same day change when we were hit with unscheduled biblical storms and rain on the first two days of our trip. Extremely professional and courteous throughout, he clearly is the “go to” guy for people who want quality bespoke golf trips, and he comes highly recommended. There is no question we will use him again when planning our next trip to the championship links courses around Liverpool in the North West, including another bucket list course, Royal Birkdale. Many Thanks Chris.
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 areand looking for ‘plan B’?
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
THERE MUST BE AT LEAST 2 GOLFERS ON AN OLD COURSE BALLOT APPLICATION.
DON’T WAIT IN LINE – GET YOURSELF A BALLOT BUDDY
Ballot Buddy success November 2021, Brady D & Dustin M
Muirfield Booking Buddy
HEADS UP – 2023 TEE TIMES SOLD OUT!
MUIRFIELD ADVANCE BOOKINGS FOR 2024 OPEN IN MARCH 2023
There must be at least 4 golfers to make a Muirfield booking application.
If you are a single golfer or part of 2 or 3 ball don’t miss out – register now and get a Muirfield Booking Buddy to make up your 4 ball.
Golf in Spain
Valderrama and the Sotogrande area
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.
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.
Sotogrande score predictor
What are you likely to score on Valderrama and how do the other courses compare?
Like to do your own trip research? I can help with that.
Use my extensive research reports where I have compared and contrasted the top courses in and around St Andrews and pored over 1000’s of Old Course tee times to help you make the best decisions about your golf trip.
Playing the Old Course
How tough is the Old Course St Andrews to play and how do other nearby courses compare?
Have some questions? Get in touch.