The St Andrews Links Trust will from April 2018 manage and distribute all tee times. At present only premium ‘Guaranteed Old Course Tee Times’ are administered out with the Trust, a St Andrews based third party Old Course Experience.
The Links Trust statement read,
The St Andrews Links Trustees have decided to take control of the distribution of all commercial tee time operations and informed long-standing partners, Old Course Experience (OCE), that its existing contractual arrangement will conclude at the end of 2017.
The statement continued,
Alongside day-to-day golfing operations for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, the Trust will now undertake a significant programme of business development to ensure we deliver a robust system of commercial tee time distribution, on a non-exclusive basis, to a broader range of tour operators for 2018. This work will focus only on commercial tee times and will not impact on the ballot, advanced reservations or local preferential times on any of our courses.
More comment to follow.
I’ll share my thoughts in due course and what this might mean for golfers but in short this is good news and will increase your chance of getting an elusive tee time.