The current venues for the open rota are St Andrews, Turnberry, Muirfield, Royal Troon and Carnoustie, and they are all available for visitors to play, as well as Prestwick, where the Open began.
The Old Course is immensely popular and sustains around forty two thousand rounds a year. As a result of this high demand, special conditions apply to bookings.
Around fifty per cent of all starting times over the year are put into the daily ballot (lottery) which is drawn every day for the play in two days time, except on a Friday, as the Old Course is closed on Sundays.
Success in the ballot is not guaranteed and chances vary according to how busy the course is and the weather. Two golfers (min) can enter. Either telephone or apply in person before 2pm two days before play.
The ballot results are shown by 4.30pm on the same day as the draw and are displayed online, in various locations around St Andrews, and players can also phone for the results.
If players are unsuccessful in the ballot, it is possible to queue in the morning at the Old Course where the starter might allow players to join with two-or three-ball matches, but this play is not guaranteed.
It is also possible to book guaranteed tee times up to a year in advance online, by email, or by telephone.
Muirfield is open to visitors on Tuesdays and Thursdays and can usually take bookings up to a year in advance. The online Tee Time Availability System can be used to check available times and book. Further booking guidance is available on the Muirfield website.
It’s possible to book tee time and request information on the Royal Troon website.
Visitors can play the course every day, except Thursday afternoons, Saturdays and bank holidays. It is possible to make bookings by telephone and email, and they will require a deposit.
At Turnberry, residents should never encounter a problem securing a tee time but the famous links is also accessible to visitors who are not staying there. It is possible to book by telephone or email.
Carnoustie is open daily and visitors can reserve tee times for Carnoustie online, by email or by phone.