Many golfers plan to play at least one of Scotland's famous Open venues on their trip. There are currently five Scottish golf courses on the Open Championship rota; the Carnoustie Championship course, Muirfield, the Old course at Royal Troon, the Old course at St Andrews and the Ailsa course at Turnberry.
We've listed a few key facts about each venue.
Royal Troon only accepts visitors on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays, between late April and October. Bookings are accepted on a first come, first served basis from summer the year before play.
The Old course at St Andrews has been recognised by the Guinness Book of records as the oldest golf course in the world.
You can not simply phone and request a tee-time on the St Andrews Old course, there are very specific ways to secure a guaranteed Old course tee-time which we explain separately. Advance bookings for the St Andrews Old course open in August the year before play. There is a two week window to submit applications.
Turnberry accept bookings a year in advance, working on a rolling 12 month booking system. Anyone can request a tee-time on either of the two courses, including the Turnberry Ailsa course, the Open Championship venue, but residents receive preferential green fees.
Muirfield only accepts visitors on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with all times being morning tee-offs. Muirfield have a very easy to use website which shows current availability of tee-times. Bookings may open well over a year in advance of the day of play. 2020 tee-times at Muirfield became available in March 2019 and you have to be quick off the mark to secure high season times.
Greywalls Hotel, directly adjacent to Muirfield, may also have limited Muirfield tee-times available to residents. These are normally for Mondays or Fridays only and are available as a 2 night dinner, bed and breakfast package at Greywalls. Golfers on this package do not have access to the Muirfield clubhouse.
The Ailsa course at Turnberry is the only Open venue that does not have handicap limits or require a handicap certificate to play.