A Scalping at St. Andrews
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To book a tee time in the following calendar year, you may send a request to the Links Trust the first Wednesday in September (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 011-44-1334-477036). The Links Trust promises you will hear back within four weeks. Peter Mason, the Trust's external relations manager, says it's best to be flexible in dates and times. But even if you have only a small window in which you can visit, it's worth a try. If your requested time is not available, reservationists will reply with an alternative. Keep in mind that the course is closed on Sundays, when it is used by the town as a public park.
The times are doled out on a first-come, first-served basis. Must you send your request exactly on the first Wednesday in September or lose any hope of getting a tee time? It depends on when you're coming, says Mason. "If you were contacting us in November for a late-April time, I suspect you'd still have a pretty good chance. But if you're requesting a time in August, no, you would not have such a good chance."
Note: To book an advance time, you have to buy a time on one of the other courses in the Links group, such as the New or the Jubilee. Their tee times go for about $105. Though they are not as famous as the Old, they are historical in their own right, and well worth playing.
-- Peter Finch