How To Get A Tee Time After Lockdown

How To Get A Tee Time After Lockdown

How To Book A Tee Time
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With golf's return on the horizon, tee times are now becoming available for the golfer to book. However, with many players flocking back to the courses, just what is the best way to get a tee time? Find out here.

How To Get A Tee Time After Lockdown

Getting a tee time at your local club can be a hassle at the best of times, let alone after the return of golf after such a substantial lockdown hiatus.

When it comes to getting a tee time booked in after lockdown, there are a number of things that need to be considered and taken into account.

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Establish A Group And Routine

The first thing to consider is who are you going to play your round with, and at what date and time.

A good idea would be to set up a WhatsApp or Facebook group with your golfing mates so that you can establish an idea of when people are available to play.

How To Book A Tee Time

Establishing a regular group and routine means that you will be able to book more tee times. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Another beneficial factor with setting up a group is that you get into the routine of booking regular tee times. If you have one person who books the slots, then you need not worry about availability.

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Playing With Different Members

Golf has always been a social game, a sport that brings people of all walks of life together for four to five hours a day.

Whilst most golfers will have a regular four-ball, with lockdown lifting and tee times being booked at a rate of knots, now could be the time to play with other members.

How To Book A Tee Time

Golf has always been a social sport. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/  Getty Images)

Not only does this method assure you a game, but it also provides opportunities to meet new members and socialise.

If you find a group looking for a fourth member, it means you guaranteed yourself a tee time and a match.

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Find Out When Bookings Can Be Made

An important factor worth knowing is also when the earliest tee times are made available for booking.

With some courses, time allocations vary: some allow booking one week in advance, some two weeks; so knowing when slots become available is very important.

If you are unsure, then it's best to check online with the booking system the club uses, or ring up your club professional or manager to get their assistance.

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How To Book If You're Not A Member Of A Club

If you are not a member of a golf club, then booking a tee time can be a tad more difficult than usual due to clubs prioritising tee times for members.

With golf returning from lockdown, some courses are actually increasing their green fee rates due to the expected high demand, with some raising their prices by nearly a third.

One recommendation would be to use tee booking websites such as GolfNow and TeeTimes, which offer reduced prices on tee times varying on how many people are playing.

Another suggestion would be to play in twilight hours. This is where you play at the very end of the day, before it gets dark: clubs will often offer a reduced fee to play at this time.

Matt Cradock
Matt Cradock

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.