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Ginger Beer Golf Travel

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


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 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.

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

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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 for walk ups on the day

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 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

Average rating:  
 51 reviews
 by STEVEN B Blacher on Ginger Beer Golf Travel
Spanish Golf Trip

This was our second golf trip planned by Chris Toll at Gingerbeer Golf. We were a group of eight golfers on this marvelous trip to the San Roque/Sotogrande area of southern Spain. Chris is the ultimate planner. Kind, responsive and just an all round great person to work with. The courses he recommended were spot on and beautiful. We played 7 rounds of golf and stayed in the Villa Casa Roble in the San Roque club area. A wonderful fully equipped and beautifully furnished villa. A double pool and hot tub. Beautiful gardens and a gorgeous master bedroom and bathroom. All the bedrooms were spectacular with great bathrooms. The kitchen had everything needed to cook . Great laundry facilities. Very spacious for eight people or more. Pauline Taylor who checked us in was always available. Also great references for restaurants and grocery stores. The entire trip was reasonably priced. I will certainly use Chris’s expertise in the near future for either a return to St Andrews, Spain or a new trip to play in Portugal. If you want a fine golf trip then I highly recommend using GingerBeer Golf

 by Dianna on Ginger Beer Golf Travel
Priceless memories

I found Chris online when googling how to get tee times on the Old Course at St Andrews. He immediately got back to me with several options with the last option of using his service.
I decided to go with Chris making all of the arrangements and I am so glad I did.
Our time in St Andrews was everything I hoped it would be with my husband and son playing the Old Course and creating memories that they will never forget!
Every aspect was great, the driver, hotel (Arran) and the weather! If you are looking for someone to plan a golf holiday and make it as stress free as possible then Chris is your guy!

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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 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


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 500 date matches and helped single golfers play 200+ rounds on the Old Course
  • Registration is open and active!
  • 75+ golfers have registered so far this year and over 65+ 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.


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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.