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Most of this year because of restrictions, it has been impossible to play the Old Course as a single player walk-up. BallotBuddy was invaluable to join up with other golfers wishing to play the course and gain access. BallotBuddy paired me up with another golfer and we were successful on our second ballot attempt. Ginger Beer Golf Travel were invaluable helping me get another course off my bucket list when traditional options were very limited. I highly recommend them.
Thanks Tommy for your kind words. So pleased to be able to find a ballot buddy for you. Despite Covid-19, demand for an Old Course ballot time still outstrips supply, but as the saying goes, you've got to be in it to win it. So it's great that your name came out in the ballot. I hope you enjoyed your round and have some great memories to look back on. All the best, C
We have the privilege of owning a property a mere 200 yards from the 1st tee of the Old Course since 2010. But that does not help at all in getting a tee time as a single player. Chris makes this possible and we succeeded in August of this year. His initiative is unique and deserves recognition.
Looking forward to the opportunities ahead! Christian
Thanks so much for your kind review Christian. Let me know if you are up in St Andrews again and are looking for another single golfer to enter the ballot with. I'll be delighted to help. All the best. Chris
I recently planned a trip to Scotland leveraging the low number of tourists due to Covid 19 situation. I did it in the spur of the moment, and I travelled alone. Of course playing the Old was a dream of mine, and I was very disappointed to know that due to Covid only 2+ people could apply to the Ballot and get a tee time. After looking around I found Chris' service to match up singles... I thought it was a scam, but my desire to play was just too big, so I gave it a try. Well... Chris emailed me back in a couple of hours with 2 options to pair up with other players. I immediately buddied up with Tom and as luck goes we got a tee time in the Old. We then played together Carnoustie and met again back here in London. So, what else to say other than I owe a big big big thank you to Chris and his service. If this is the way he manages his Golf Travel service, I would recommend him hands down. Thanks again Chris!!!
Thank you for your great review Maurizio. It's so satisfying to see golfers getting on the Old Course when they wouldn't otherwise be able - especially so during this Covid-19 period when there is no singles queue to join. And it sounds like you made a new golfing buddy too, which is a bonus. I hope your St Andrews experience will draw you back to Scotland again to play some of the other fine courses. If so, and you want some help with booking courses as a single golfer then just let me know. All the best. C
What a great service and cannot recommend highly enough for single golfers! 5 stars. I was paired with two fantastic other single golfers and we had a ton of fun. Being selected for the ballot is especially difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic. Were fortunate to match 1 of 4 times we entered.
Playing the Old Course was surreal at first, but a lot of fun. The Golf Gods must have been in a great mood the day we played as I got an Eagle on Hole 5, something I will never forget! With my playing partners I met on Ballot Buddy, we also played the New Course, Castle Course, and Eden Course.
Thank you Chris for the great service! I will be using Ballot Buddy again!
Hi Pete. So pleased the golfing gods shone down on you and you had a great hit out on the Old. Thanks for the great review of my BallotBuddy service too. With COVID-19 guidelines not allowing single players to queue, BallotBuddy is even more helpful to give single players the chance to play the Old Course. I'm particularly pleased you enjoyed playing with your BallotBuddys, so much so that you played the other St Andrews courses with them. Great golfing memories and friendships made! All the best, Chris
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.
Thanks Ken for such a positive review of my Ballotbuddy service. I was delighted to hook you up with other guys and steer you towards your ballot application. Such are the odds of success, you would have been lucky to get just one ballot time on the Old Course, so many congratulations on hitting it two times out of three! I hope you enjoyed your experience and I look forward to helping you again in the future. Best wishes, Chris
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!
Wow Mark! So kind of you, it makes me smile too that I was able to help make it happen for you. All the best, Chris.
I used Chris’ BallotBuddy service and he facilitated helping me along the way tremendously. Chris’ communication via email was impressive and always responded in a timely manner. Having a system for single golfers to get onto a ballot, and being so helpful throughout the process was an outstanding service to take advantage of. Not having been familiar with the system at all at St Andrews Old Course, Chris bridged the gap and was an incredible asset. Thank you so much, Chris! Truly an unforgettable experience!
That's great to hear Joe. Thanks so much. It's so gratifying when a system works and the end result is an "unforgettable experience". I hope you'll take great memories of St Andrews and Scotland back home with you. All the best. Chris
Just wanted to thank Chris for putting me in touch with fellow golfers who wanted to play the same dates. Thanks to Brett for getting us in the local ballot first try. The Old Course exceeded all expectations and was a round I will never forget. Thanks again Chris
You are very welcome Dean. I'm pleased my free BallotBuddy service helped you to find another single so that you could enter the ballot together. The Old Course ballot is a lottery and the chances of success are not especially high during the high season. However hooking you up with another single golfer who happened to be a local certainly increased your chances of success. So pleased you had a great round out there! All the best. Chris
The BallotBuddy Match which Chris, from the Ginger Beer Golf Travel, has initiated is a super service. As a single golfer visiting St Andrews from South Africa I was fully aware of how difficult it would be to play the Old Course. However Chris paired me with other single golfers and we were then able to enter the Old Course Ballot. I was successful on three occasions playing with fellow golfers from around the world. Whilst it does not guarantee that you will be successful in the ballot, it provides an opportunity to enter. It is truly a super initiative which Chris offers at no charge. Thank you Chris.
Hi Michael,You are very welcome and thank you for your kind words. I'm really pleased that you were successful in the ballot. Three times out of three as well!BallotBuddy is indeed a new initiative from us here at Ginger Beer Golf Travel. We've felt for some time that it would be good to help single golfers who otherwise might have to wait in line for a chance to play the Old Course.I can't take credit for your ballot success, but it's great to think that I was able to help you get your name in the hat.Thanks again Michael and all the best.Chris