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Turn your dreams of playing St Andrews Old Course into reality.

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Golf Travel Specialist

  • St Andrews, Scotland
  • Sotogrande, Spain
  • Lisbon, Portugal

Planning Tools

  • In-depth guides
  • Unique research & reports

Unique services

  • Ballot Buddy
  • Last Minute Tee times

“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 Golf Travel

I have been working with golfers to plan their dream trips for over 25 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 Daily Draw!

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 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.

Golf Trip Planning

Plan your golf trip of a lifetime

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 around 60,000 Old Course tee times over the last 6 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 for walk ups on the day

“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

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

In-depth research

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 2024/5 trip planning.

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.

five star service

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.

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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

Your one-stop-shop to secure a last-minute tee time at the best courses in the St Andrews area

Failed to get on the Old Course and looking for ‘plan B’?

Try Last Minute Tee Times

25 Old Course alternatives including Major Championship and Open Qualifying venues

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2 days time

“Just wanted to write a note and say THANK YOU for your awesome service.
I successfully matched 1/3 entries for the Old Course and had an incredible time with people from Australia, Canada, and Germany, wow.
On the third and final day, after being turned away at Jubilee and New because of member play due to perfect weather, I sat on a bench outside the Links Clubhouse, and used your last minute tee times service and found a surprise availability at Crail Balcomie, where I’ve always wanted to play, and which has been booked solid for weeks. Sunset golf … what could be better!”
Jay N 

August 2023

Find an Old Course Ballot Partner

There must be at least 2 golfers to enter the Old Course Ballot. Single golfers, don’t miss out – get yourself a Ballot Buddy!

  • Since its creation in 2019 Ballot Buddy has processed over 600 date matches and helped single golfers play 246 rounds on the Old Course
  • Registration is open and active – 42 players have already played the Old Course this year, thanks to Ballot Buddy!
  • 250+ golfers have registered so far this year and over 95% of them have already found a Ballot Buddy – don’t miss out!

Ballot Buddy success, Brady D & Dustin M

“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.”

Chris Toll, Ginger Beer Golf Travel
Ballot Buddy Success - Stephan B

Ballot Buddy success, Stephan B

over 90% date match rate

Reviews for my Ballot Buddy service

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.

 by Adam L on Ginger Beer Golf Travel
Old Course Success!

I had the fortune of traveling Scotland with friends and family recently, however, none were golfers! I figured I would be out of luck on playing the Old Course due to the ballot restriction of 2+ applicants - that is until I found Chris's website and the ballot buddy. Chris was extremely helpful and... See full review

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“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

Golf in Spain & Portugal

Valderrama and Sotogrande, Spain & Lisbon area of Portugal

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.

“Whether you want to play serious or fun golf, stay in a villa apartment or hotel, Sotogrande has something to offer all tastes and budgets, combined with the enviable sunny Andalusian climate.”

Chris Toll, Ginger Beer Golf Travel

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.

How can you get a tee time on the Old Course?

Read my in-depth guide to maximising your chances of securing an Old Course tee time.

How to plan your golf trip to St Andrews

Everything you need to know about planning your trip to St Andrews.

How do other courses compare to the Old Course?

Compare the difficulty of 30 courses in the area and see what you might expect to score.

Old Course Ballot

What are your chances and how you can improve the odds.

Failed in the ballot?

How to maximise your chances of play as a single golfer.


Explanation of terms used in measuring course difficulty.

Golf Course Reviews

Valderrama and the top courses in Sotogrande.

Sotogrande score predictor

What are you likely to score on Valderrama and how do the other courses compare?

How do other courses compare to Valderrama?

How difficult is it to play and how do other Sotogrande courses compare?

Contact me

Have some questions? Get in touch