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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 I will be offering soon – a one-stop-shop of last minute tee times for the best courses in 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
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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 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.

Reviews for my golf planning service

Average rating:  
 32 reviews
by Page Chapman on Ginger Beer Golf Travel
Golf with Ginger Beer

My wife and I wanted to take our grandson somewhere to play golf as a college graduation present. When thinking about where to go, we said "Why not Scotland". We came upon Chris's name out of the blue and since our grandson is just taking up the game and we are both in our 70's/80's (age--not score), he sounded like a perfect match for us.
We did it all by phone and e mail, and although I was pretty familiar with Scottish golf, I did not know of some of the courses that a beginner and two elderly might be able to play with caddies and buggies.
In short order Chris had an itinerary together for us and off we went. His attention to detail was unquestioned and our whole trip went off without a hitch. Even the Scottish weather cooperated!!! Chris was an excellent communicator during the pre trip phase and even got in touch with us while we were there. E mails were answered promptly and I always felt I could get in touch with him at a moments notice.
In short I would highly recommend using Ginger Beer Travel for a future trip. Not everyone in this world is a single digit handicapper and it is great to play some lesser known course which, nevertheless, have all the beauty and challenges that you would expect from a Scottish golf experience.

by Arthur Tang on Ginger Beer Golf Travel
Ballot Tips for Old Course

Chris offered me valuable tips for the insight of balloting for a tee time of playing Old Course. A knowledgeable and kind professional in travel/golfing business.

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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
..coming soon

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

The best 25 or so Old Course alternative courses 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.

This unique service will be available soon. If you’d like us to let you know when it is live then fill in the form here.

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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:  
 5 reviews
Ballot Buddy - Yes!

I used Ballot Buddy three times in June 2019 and hit the Old Course ballot 2 of 3 times. The process is quite simple, and Chris makes it easy to correspond with your "buddies". He keeps on top of things to make sure that all parties are in sync before ballot submission day. He pays very good attention to detail. I will use Ballot Buddy again on my next trip to St Andrews.

by Mark Zarick on Ginger Beer Golf Travel
Great Experience!

I used the BallotBuddy service and it made all the difference. I was able to play the Old Course and check it off my Bucket List (a month later I'm still smiling)! I paid Chris nothing, yet he was there writing all these emails to us as our foursome changed. I can only imagine what he can do for anyone who wants to hire him to set up their experience. His devotion and professionalism are second to none!

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BallotBuddy - Playing the Old Course July 19
“Kirk had an amazing day, July 2019

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 our 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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