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Playing the Old Course -"Official handicap card/certificate"

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Playing the Old Course -"Official handicap card/certificate"

I have studied the St. Andrews golf website fairly thoroughly and cannot find what is acceptable as an official handicap card/certificate. My husband and friend want to play during July 2013. My husband belongs to a golf club and can get a handicap card from there. His friend is a good golfer but has not belonged to a club for at least four years.

Does anyone know what he needs to do to get an official handicap? He will have next summer to get some recent scores but will not want to join a club to do so. Is there a way to play a number of times next summer and submit the handicaps to an organization that can provide him with the necessary card?

Any help on this is much appreciated.

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11. Re: Playing the Old Course -"Official handicap card/certificate"

The Muirfield web site clearly explains how to book an advance tee time. This is the way to insure you have a time for the date you want. Visitors can only book on a Tuesday or Thursday, however. And in June 2012, only one day is still available.

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12. Re: Playing the Old Course -"Official handicap card/certificate"

Wanderlust,

Muirfield is not a tough course to get on, in the sense that times are freely available to anyone with the required handicap and it works on a clear first come first served basis. As Crewsaustin has said the website tells you what you need - www.muirfield.org.uk. The tough bit is that you need to plan even further in advance than you do for St Andrews. Muirfield take bookings up to 15 months in advance and with times only available two days a week you have to get your request in pretty far ahead of when you want to play.

There's a useful blog entry on this at

mossgolftours.com/Blog/post/2011/05/25/How-t…

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13. Re: Playing the Old Course -"Official handicap card/certificate"

Thanks to all for the helpful planning information!

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14. Re: Playing the Old Course -"Official handicap card/certificate"

If you want to play on what is one of the best links courses then Kingsbarns takes a lot of beating. It is only a short drive from St Andrews.

There are many good courses in Fife but your selection will depend on whether you want inland or links, new or traditional.

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