St Andrews BallotBuddy Service
Single Golfers: How to find an Old Course Ballot Partner

Did you know …

As a single golfer you cannot apply for an Old Course ballot tee time?

There must be at least 2 golfers on the application.

But now …

My unique, free and simple-to-use BallotBuddy service helps you find an Old Course ballot partner.

Score a date match so you and your fellow golfer are eligible to submit an Old Course ballot application together.


Can Ballotbuddy help you?

YES if you are a single golfer without an advanced tee time


Currently your only option is to ‘walk-up’ on the day. Get up early and join the line outside the Old Pavilion.


Chances of play that day are reliant entirely on gaps on the draw sheet and your place in the line.


 
 
July 19,
by C.J Batten on Ginger Beer Golf Travel
 
It was the perfect day
 

It was such an awesome experience playing the Old Course with you all. It was the perfect day… Hard to believe we got chosen and 75 others didn’t. I had figured it was a complete long shot, but we are definitely a success story for Ballot Buddy. I asked the starter how many people camped out overnight, and he said there were 20, with the first person arriving at 3:30am. I had been planning on getting there at 2am … So glad I didn’t have to do that!

BallotBuddy - Playing the Old Course July 19
“Kirk had an amazing day, July 2019
 
 
April 19,
by Michael Collins on Ginger Beer Golf Travel
 
BallotBuddy match
 

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.

BallotBuddy - Playing the Old Course April 19
“What a thrill. Two days on the Old Course, April 2019

So why not try BallotBuddy?



How does it work?

Step #1|Register

Decide when you are coming to St Andrews to play the Old Course via a ballot time and register for my free BallotBuddy service

Step #2 |Dates & times

Submit up to 5 dates. It’s better if you can play any time but otherwise you can specify your time restrictions

Step #3 |Spread the news

Post the news of your BallotBuddy registration on your social media accounts.
Share widely with your friends and contacts and ask them to share your news too!

Step # 4 |What next?

Your dates / times will be added to a database of other BallotBuddy golfers looking to team up.
If you get a date/time match with a second golfer (or more, up to 4), I will connect you to your BallotBuddy via email introduction.

Match? |Congratulations!

As a 2 ball you are now eligible to apply for an Old Course ballot time. It is down to you and your BallotBuddy from this point forward.
More than 2 golfers with a date/time match? You should apply together for a ballot time (up to a maximum of 4 golfers

No BallotBuddy? |Don’t despair

You can still use the ‘walk-up’ option and wait in line to play.
Read more about your chances of play in my in-depth report on the Single Golfer at St Andrews.


Number of golfers who have joined BallotBuddy

191

And counting …

The more people know that you are looking for a ballot partner the better chance you have of finding a BallotBuddy



Success thanks to BallotBuddy!


We are delighted to have helped over 50 single golfers play on the Old Course via BallotBuddy in 2019

  • BallotBuddy Success, C Foley, B Phillips I McKenzie. Oct 2019
  • BallotBuddy Success, M Morrison, M Zarick, P Schwarz. September 2019
  • BallotBuddy Success, C Johnson. June 2019
  • BallotBuddy Success, R Combs. May 2019
  • BallotBuddy Success, D Hicks. August 2019
  • BallotBuddy Success, D Santos, E Harwood. September 2019
  • BallotBuddy Success, B Campbell. August 2019
  • BallotBuddy Success, Stewart, Ken,David, Stephen. May 2019
  • BallotBuddy Success, S Hamilton. July 2019
  • BallotBuddy Success, R Combs. May 2019
  • BallotBuddy Success, Scott, David, Eric. July 2019
  • BallotBuddy Success, C Rendler. July 2019

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.

Ken, October 2019

It was a great day  – the players in the group and the caddies were tremendous company and there were a lot of very good shots played (interspersed with some mediocre ones)…And of course thanks to you for your wonderful assistance in helping me realise my dream to play the Old course.

Ian McKenzie, October 2019

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!

Mark Zarick, September 2019

Had an amazing day mate

Chris, had an amazing day mate, Brett was fantastic he is such a top bloke and we had a cracking time on the course…my caddy Alex was phenomenal, by the 6-7th hole he knew my club length and what to hit. He was such a professional but we had great fun as well.

Bradley Campbell, August 19

One of the greatest experiences on a golf course ..

Chris, we had a blast yesterday! One of the greatest experiences on a golf course I’m sure I will ever have. Thank you so much for all you did.

Joseph Housey, August 19

The opportunity .. of a lifetime!

Chris, thanks for a fantastic connection today and the opportunity, at least for me, of a lifetime! Cross St. Andrews off my bucket list in stellar fashion 😉 We got lucky with the weather and just a great day out there.

Larry Thorner, August 19

Had an incredible time ..

Hey Chris, just wanted to reach out to you and say thanks for hooking me up for a time at the old Course. Without your service I would have had to wait overnight on line as a single. Had an incredible time, thanks again.

Dean Hicks, August 19

It was the perfect day…

It was such an awesome experience playing the Old Course with you all. It was the perfect day… Hard to believe we got chosen and 75 others didn’t. I had figured it was a complete long shot, but we are definitely a success story for Ballot Buddy. I asked the starter how many people camped out overnight, and he said there were 20, with the first person arriving at 3:30am. I had been planning on getting there at 2am, so it looks like that would have worked out. So glad I didn’t have to do that!

C.J Batten, July 19

We really can’t thank you enough

Kirk had an amazing day, and it couldn’t have happened without you. Eric, Ross and CJ were excellent golfing companions and I never realised how far you have to walk on a golf course 😌 ha ha. We really can’t thank you enough.

Kirk Dietz, July 19

We were all able to have the time of our lives on the Old Course

BallotBuddy worked as good as advertised. I went to Scotland with my wife who doesn’t golf, so BallotBuddy gave me the chance to meet a group of 3 really great guys and we were all able to have the time of our lives on the Old Course. We ended up drinking all night at the Dunvegan Inn afterwards. Just an amazing experience.

Eric Dake, July 19

We were able to enjoy a wonderful round at a spectacular place

We really lucked out with the ballot and the weather and we were able to enjoy a wonderful round at a spectacular place. Playing shots into the 18th green with the sounds of seagulls and bagpipes in the background was surreal and something I won’t soon forget and it wouldn’t have been possible without your help.

Scott Hamilton, July 19

I remember watching the #17 road hole on TV but never thought I would actually play it

I remember watching the #17 road hole on TV but never thought I would actually play it. Thanks to Chris and Ginger Beer Golf, that dream came true!

Charles Johnson, June 19

Thanks to BallotBuddy, I was able to enter the lottery with a foursome and obtain a very desirable tee time at The Old Course. Playing with the others who participated in BalllotBuddy was fun, too, as everyone was unattached to a group beforehand and open to fun conversation. Without BallotBuddy, I would have needed to arrive at the golf course very early in the morning and wait for an opening–of which there were no guarantees. Chris’s prompt communication and excellent organization skills made the process amazingly simple and effective. I would highly recommend BallotBuddy to anyone wishing to have an opportunity to play The Old Course. Thank you for the memories!

Stewart Hathaway, May 2019

I was successful on three occasions playing with fellow golfers from around the world

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.

Michael Collins, April 19


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Golf is a game known for the honesty and integrity of its players. 

Likewise, the success of this service relies 100% on your goodwill and honest intentions. I’m sure you would no more want to let down your BallotBuddy than be let down by them. 

So please only submit dates if you are committed to playing. And if your available start time is limited, make sure you submit the time you are available to play.

BallotBuddy Registration

Your Ballot Checklist:

  • To enter the ballot there must be at least two players and all names, Home Clubs and handicaps will be required.
  • If successful, a current official handicap card (Golf Club affiliated to a Golf Union/Association), record or certificate must be presented to the starter prior to play. Letters of introduction from your local Club Professional are not accepted.
    Maximum handicaps - 24 Men, 36 Ladies.
  • Duplicate ballot entries will be disqualified. Only the named golfers on the ballot entry are permitted to play.

Current BallotBuddy date match requests for 2019/20:

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BallotBuddy table notes:
  • Golfers are invited to register to find a BallotBuddy, specifying their availability to START play:
    'All day' - golfer(s) available to start play at any time on that day.
    'First to 10:00' - golfer(s) available to start play only between the first tee time and 10:00.
    'First to 13:00' - golfer(s) available to start play only between the first tee time and 13:00.
    '10:00 to 13:00' - golfer(s) available to start play only between 10:00 and 13:00.
    '10:00 to last' - golfer(s) available to start play only between 10:00 and last tee time.
    '13:00 to last' - golfer(s) available to start play only between 13:00 and last tee time.

    Note: First and last tee times will vary according to time of year and may be found when specifying your availability as part of your Old Course Ballot application with the St Andrews Links.

  • Dates and times with a number indicate where there has been a BallotBuddy date & time request and / or a BallotBuddy date & time match has been found.
  • The numbers indicate the current number of golfers registered for a date & time:
  • 1 golfer seeking a date & time match with another golfer (3 slots remaining)
  • 2 golfers with a date & time match (2 slots remaining)
  • 3 golfers with a date & time match (1 slot remaining)
  • 4 golfers with a date & time match (0 slots remaining). Group is now closed.
    Where your preferred date & time already has 4 golfers and 0 slots remaining (and the group therefore is now closed) you are still encouraged to register on BallotBuddy. We will publish the date & time a second time, and indicate there is another golfer seeking a BallotBuddy.



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