How to Find a Golf Tee Time This Week

By: Golfshake Editor | Mon 18 May 2020 | Comments


Following the resumption of golf in England, Wales and Ireland, the hottest ticket in golf right now is a tee time. With many clubs reportedly, and arguably quite rightly so, restricting times to members only, where does that leave the reported 600,000 golfers annually who choose not to be members of golf clubs?

The UK golf season marks its high period following the Masters in April through to October, and as we write this May and June are seen as the peak months given the change in weather and longer hours of daylight. 

An average course would normally have an upper limit of accommodating over 300 golfers each day with tee times available over 12 hours every 8-9 minutes for fourballs, but due to the current limitations to ensure we all keep safe and play safe, there are on average around 60% less times available. Due to limiting groups to solo or two balls and increased intervals between tee times, a course may only be able to allow for a maximum of 130-150 golfers per day. There are also reports of some clubs only allowing 9 hole rounds to allow as many golfers as possible to play as well as club members restricted to a limited number of rounds per week.

Over the coming weeks all of this is likely to be adapted as golf courses continue to manage and monitor the situation and as a nation, we hopefully continue to control the spread of the coronavirus, but if you aren't a member of a golf club how are you able to play golf?

Is Golf Club Membership An Option?

The first option dependent on your own personal circumstances is simply to join a club. The 2019 KPMG golf participation report highlighted the ongoing decline in golf club membership, and despite some golf course closures this will simply mean that there are some courses out there that have vacancies for new members. We know from past surveys that golfers choose to be unattached for a variety of reasons but now could be the perfect time to think about joining a club and these two features provide further insights into the benefits of golf club membership.

How To Find A Tee Time

If you don't have any inclination to join a golf club then finding a tee time over the coming weeks may be slightly harder than normal. We have heard reports of golf club "phones ringing off the hook" and at Golfshake have seen increased usage of our UK golf course directory

The Golfshake UK regional listing pages allow you to view all golf courses in a region, which will then identify the courses that allow online bookings, or simply access the club page to find contact information to call.

Our website also provides access to a live tee time search tool powered by leading online tee time provider GolfNow.  However, at this present time due to the high demand, there is limited tee time availability. Therefore below we have rounded up some the current tee time availability for this week which are available through the golf club's website and third party online booking services.

Online Options

Greater London and Surrounding Areas

East Midlands

East of England

North East

North West

South East

South West

Wales

  • No tee time availability online at present

West Midlands

Yorkshire

Finally, we would also stress the importance of following the government guidelines in terms of keeping safe and not taking unnecessary travel, so think carefully about where you do play if you are able to find tee time availability. If you do find a tee time this week then let us know where you played and how you got on.

Keep Safe and Play Safe.


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