My family of 5 is interested in playing on the Himalayas course in St. Andrews. I see that the largest group size they accommodate is 4. I don't really care about playing the course-- could I pay the fee and just hang around taking pictures? I don't want to split our group up.
I was there last week with my family, and don’t think there would be anyone even noticing if you followed along to take pictures. The 4 person limit is just to keep the speed of play moving. It is basically a big open green and the only employee is in the booth handing out putters. There were people walking around looking at the course already anyway, and there is lots of space on the green. You wouldn’t be in the way.
If you wanted to play though and had back to back times, it is not spread out and you’d be very close to each other if you booked 2 and 3…if you had both times booked, no one would likely notice you playing together. Not much if a risk given the low cost.
It was very fun by the way. Definitely recommend it. My kids and wife and a great time.
Agree with what Chris H said. My husband and I played and enjoyed it. There were groups ahead and behind us, and I'm sure nobody stopped to count how many were in each group.
Be aware there are no lockers or other facilities to hold your belongings while you play. I ended up playing with my small backpack on. Also -- you probably already know this -- you don't have to have golf shoes, but you can't wear heels. Any shoe or boot with a fairly flat, low heel so as not to pierce the turf should be fine.
Thank you both for your responses. We are really looking forward to this!