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Ginger Beer Golf Travel

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

THINK OF ME AS A STROKESAVER© IN YOUR POCKET. I CAN HELP YOU PLAN YOUR TRIP MAKING SURE NO DETAIL IS OVERLOOKED

Chris Toll, Ginger Beer Golf Travel

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.

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

What I do

Planning Specialist

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.

Old Course Ballot Buddy

I am a champion of the single golfer and 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 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!

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, need to plan a flexible itinerary around a ballot application, or simply need to re-arrange your tee times around a ballot friendly itinerary.

This service is for you.

Unique Research

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 slots available for single golfers.

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.

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

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Plan your golf trip of a lifetime

Put some ‘pop’ into your planning with Ginger Beer Golf Travel

How I can help you with your St Andrews golf trip

25 years of experience and expertise

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.

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
  • your chances of ballot success
  • breakdown by group size – 2, 3 or 4 ball
  • potential single slots available users of the Daily Singles Draw

Indepth research resources

I have written FREE, in-depth, data-rich reports to help you kick-start your Old Course trip planning process:

Chris who runs Ginger Beer Golf is very professional and 100% serious. He responds quickly and is very solution-oriented. We had to move on our trip three times due to Covid-19 and Chris solved this in a very good way. I can highly recommend Ginger Beer Golf for your next golf trip. We’ll use him again

Svein – Harald A, September 2021

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 2024/5 trip planning.

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.

Reviews for my golf planning service

Average rating:  
 54 reviews
 by Ron Monteverde on Ginger Beer Golf Travel
St Andrews

Was in St Andrews third week of May 2024 and Chris from Ginger Beer Travel was extremely helpful in helping me get to play the Old Course.
I highly recommend Chris and Ginger Beer Travel.

 by Duncan Butler on Ginger Beer Golf Travel
St Andrews

Chris has been extremely helpful to book our 4 day trip to St Andrews. His advice was spot on and his website has a wealth of information on the ballot process, available tee times etc. His responses were always prompt and detailed. I would highly recommend him for any golf trip to this area!

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Chris at Ginger Beer is a consummate professional. Responsive, thoughtful and always puts the client first. He went above and beyond in planning our golf trip to Scotland. Details and execution matter, and Chris excels.

john B, September 2021

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

THERE MUST BE AT LEAST 2 GOLFERS ON AN OLD COURSE BALLOT APPLICATION.
DON’T WAIT IN LINE – GET YOURSELF A BALLOT BUDDY

My unique simple-to-use Ballot Buddy service helps you find an Old Course ballot partner so you and your fellow golfer are eligible to submit an Old course ballot application together

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  • Since its creation in 2019 Ballot Buddy has processed over 550 date matches and helped single golfers play 230 rounds on the Old Course
  • Registration is open and active – 26 players have already played the Old Course this year, thanks to Ballot Buddy!
  • 190+ golfers have registered so far this year and over 90% of them have already found a Ballot Buddy – don’t miss out!

Ballot Buddy success, Brady D & Dustin M

Chris, you made the impossible, possible. As a single golfer, I had no chance of getting a tee time on the Old Course. I am grateful. Hope you help many more get a chance.

hendrik F May 2023

Ballot Buddy Reviews

Average rating:  
 15 reviews
 by Debra Moore on Ginger Beer Golf Travel
A brilliant strategy

Chris has developed a brilliant strategy for matching golfers to enter the Old Course Ballot. Very helpful and great communicator.

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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.

WHETHER YOU WANT TO PLAY SERIOUS OR FUN GOLF ON YOUR VACATION, STAYING IN A VILLA, APARTMENT OR HOTEL, SOTOGRANDE HAS SOMETHING TO OFFER ALL TASTES AND BUDGETS, COMBINED WITH THE ENVIABLE SUNNY ANDALUCIAN CLIMATE.
 

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Golfer Resources

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.

Contact me

Have some questions? Get in touch.