St. Andrews announced on August 17, 2022 that the annual application process for 2023 Old Course tee times will open on August 24, 2022 and will close on September 7, 2022. You must submit your application to St. Andrews via their website before September 7 at 6pm Central Time. Pioneer Golf will email further details specific to your group by August 27, 2022. Please watch the below video for a bit more information on this process. Below the video, we’ve included answers to the 13 questions that our clients have been asking this month as we await the process to open. We have yet to get a question outside of these 13 so we hope you find these helpful! We’ll be in touch soon!

 

 

St. Andrews Advanced Application

The Advanced Application is an online application to receive tee times for play on the Old Course for the upcoming travel season, in this case for play in 2023. An alternative name for the Advanced Application is Private Advance Tee Times and it is commonly referred to as the annual tee time lottery for Old Course tee times.

Old Course tee times obtained through the Advanced Application are always paired with a second St. Andrews course — the New Course, the Castle Course, the Eden Course, the Strathtyrum or the Jubilee Course. You can select the second course you wish to play, however, depending on availability and course closures you are not always guaranteed to get the course you select. Luckily, all options make for a great day of golf!

The application will open on August 24th and will close on September 7th at 6 p.m. CST.

Once the application has opened, we will provide detailed instructions on how to submit your application. The application is submitted online directly through St. Andrews’ website. You will need to create an account, and then fill out the application. Once you hit submit on the application you will receive an email with a confirmation that your application was submitted. 

The application must be submitted any time between Aug. 24 and Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. CST. There is no advantage to hitting submit on the application on the first day versus the final day since it’s not first-come first-served.

No, you may only submit one application per season. St. Andrews will check for duplicate applications and all duplicate applications will be deleted, so it is very important that only one application is submitted. You can submit an application for both the High and Shoulder Seasons if you wish, but again only one application per season.

The lead golfer name cannot be changed on Advanced Application tee times. This means that you cannot have friends or family members submit applications for you and then change the names if successful.

 

The results will be emailed directly to you sometime in mid-to-late October.

You will receive an email directly from St. Andrews that will outline your Old Course tee time. You will then need to pay St. Andrews directly for the entire group’s green fees by October 31st. If you do not pay by the deadline, your tee times will be canceled and allocated to someone else.

Once you have received your tee times and sent them to us, we will immediately get to work rearranging your trip around your Old Course tee times. Once everything has been confirmed we will follow up with a Summary of Reservations, and your final payment will be due within 14 days of receipt of this document. The green fees for the Old Course will be removed from your trip price to us, as you will be paying St. Andrews directly for those green fees.

If you have elected to guarantee an Old Course tee time:

You will receive an email from St. Andrews that states you were unsuccessful. We will then move forward with the guaranteed Old Course tee time that we were holding for you at the premium discussed in your proposal. We will send over a Summary of Reservations once everything is secured, and your final payment will be due within 14 days of receipt of that document.

If you have foregone the option to guarantee an Old Course tee time:

You will receive an email from St. Andrews that states you were unsuccessful. You will then have to proceed with the Daily Ballot and Standby methods to play the Old Course. We will arrange your trip around your preferred week of travel, and set everything up to maximize your chances in the Daily Ballot. We will send over a Summary of Reservations once everything is secured, and your final payment will be due within 14 days of receipt of that document. The green fee for the Old Course will be removed from your trip price to us, as you will be paying St. Andrews directly for those green fees if successful through the Daily Ballot or Standby.

Each application will contain the following information:

  • Lead Golfer Information:
    • Name
    • Home address
    • Phone number
    • Email address
  • Participant Information:
    • Name
    • Email address
    • Handicap (or estimation)
    • Home Club (or course played most often)
  • Application Dates:
    • These are the dates in which you are able to play the Old Course. You are able to enter up to three date ranges, and each range can be as small as one day and as large as two weeks. The more flexible you can be with your travel dates, the higher the odds are that you are successful in the application

St. Andrews requires that one member of the group be designated as the Lead Golfer. The Lead Golfer of the Advanced Application does not need to be the same Lead Golfer of your trip with Pioneer Golf. The Lead Golfer is responsible for all aspects of the application, and we’ve outlined these responsibilities below.

  • The Lead Golfer must be physically present at the time of play. Other members of the group may be replaced leading up to the date of play, but the Lead Golfer name cannot be changed.
  • The Lead Golfer must be the one to submit the application to St. Andrews. St. Andrews doesn’t want any third parties submitting large amounts of requests and then reselling the tee times, so it must be done by someone in the group.
  • If successful in the Application, the Lead Golfer is responsible for paying the St. Andrews green fees for the entire group. You will need to authorize a charge of roughly $700 per golfer to St. Andrews. This payment will be made on the payments page on St. Andrews’ website. We will then deduct this amount from your balance to us.

 

IMPORTANT: If you do not feel comfortable with the above responsibilities, or if there is a possibility that you may need to unexpectedly cancel your participation in the trip, please let us know as soon as possible and provide the name of the best person in your group to be the Lead Golfer of the application. We will then work directly with that individual and copy you on all correspondence to keep you informed.

Once the application has opened, we will send our recommended dates to the Lead Golfer. These recommendations will be based on your intended travel plans, as well as include advice on the additional two windows of dates that you will be able to apply for.

The dates that we will provide you are merely our recommendation. If you have to limit the dates you apply for due to date conflicts within your group you can certainly limit the date range that you will be applying for.

Each application can only include a maximum of 8 golfers. Should you have more than 8 golfers in your group, you will need to submit multiple applications (but not duplicates). We will advise on the best strategy for this prior to the application.

Yes, you are allowed to change the golfer names on the application if successful, but the Lead Golfer name must remain the same. St. Andrews will allow 1-2 name changes at no additional cost, but any further changes will result in fees. Name changes must be handled directly between you and St. Andrews.