St Andrews Ballot Buddy Service

Last Updated: April 11, 2022


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How Ballot Buddy Works


Read more about your chances of play using the walk up option in my in-depth report on the Single Golfer at St Andrews

“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 STATS


“We had a great day. The sun shone and winds were low so we had no excuses! Matt was a great guy to play with and we were very grateful to have been joined up by your service

Bryan Leahy, June 2021

Ballot Buddy Reviews

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 10 reviews
 by Keith Franklin on Ginger Beer Golf Travel

Superb idea and worked for me and my playing partners, all single golfers. We even got together and played a few other courses. Hope Chris gets some recognition for his efforts.

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A special day on the Old Course, with two great companions, all thanks to Ballot Buddy.
Ron Varriel, USA
October 2021
Thank you so much Chris for what you do, I was able to play the Old Course on Monday the 26th of July… had a wonderful time… the guy that you paired me up with was great… thank you for your help again… thank you for having this available for single golfers
Tony Torres, USA
July 2021
Using the ballot buddy system was a great and easy way of increasing my chances to play the most historic golf course on the planet. Chris‘ communication was superb and after pairing me up with another individual I entered us into the ballot and luckily got a tee time for 2 o’clock the next day. If you’re coming to St Andrews with the desire to play the old course or even just in the area and on the off chance decide to play the course then definitely use this service. A great day out, helped by the superb weather, on a magnificent course. Many thanks to Chris for making it happen.
Matt Graham, UK
July 2021
Brilliant service set up by Chris @Gingerbeergolftravel. It made my dream of playing the old course so straightforward. I’d definitely use it again and thoroughly recommend to any single golfers out there looking to play the old course.
Kevin Burton, UK
July 2021

First Ballot Buddy round of 2022!

“We had a fantastic day at St. Andrews. Perfect conditions and a very enjoyable round with Alex and Hamish and caddie Jim.
For me, the Ballot Buddy service was great as I knew on Thursday evening that I had a guaranteed tee-time for Saturday lunchtime and it allowed me to plan my weekend around that.

Bryan Leahy, April 2022

Below is a photo of my tee shot on 18 – it stayed in bounds by about two feet! 😊

Ballot Buddy success, B Leahy Apr 2022

Without a successful ballot, I would’ve ended up in the singles queue at all hours of the morning with no guarantee of success, or scrambling around trying to get out on a neighbouring course. This peace of mind is well worth 10 pounds in my opinion.

Many thanks for your help again Chris – I’m now 2 for 2 using Ballot Buddy service!

Heads up – 2023 Muirfield tee times sold out!
Advance bookings for 2024 open in March 2023. To apply you must be a 4 ball.

If you are a single golfer or part of a 2 or 3 ball then use my Muirfield Booking Buddy service and find yourself the perfect Booking Buddy match to make up a 4 ball.

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