St Andrews (Jubilee) - Fife - Scotland

St Andrews Links,
St Andrews,
Fife,
KY16 9SF,
Scotland


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  • John Angus, Willie Auchterlonie, Donald Steel, John Angus, Willie Auchterlonie

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“The Home of Golf” at St Andrews is the only venue in Britain that can lay claim to having seven courses in its portfolio and the Jubilee, the third oldest course at St Andrews, is perhaps the most underrated of them all.

In March 1897, John Angus was presented with the challenge of designing a course suitable for beginners and having it ready for play the same year. The 22nd June 1897 was a public holiday to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria and on this day a rudimentary 12-hole course was ready for play. In commemoration, it was called the Jubilee. At the turn of the century, the course was extended to 18 holes, and in 1946, Willie Auchterlonie made further improvements to the layout. In 1988, Donald Steel gave the Jubilee a complete overhaul and upgraded the links to championship standard. The course now measures over 6,800 yards.

The Jubilee plays on a narrow strip of links land, wedged between the New course and St Andrews Bay. Some of the holes thread their way through low sand dunes. It’s a much more “normal” layout than the Old and the New. The Jubilee has no double greens or shared fairways, but it does play in the same out-and-back fashion. The Jubilee’s raised tees provide unparalleled views across St Andrews Bay to the east and the fluttering flags on the other St Andrews courses to the west.

It would be fair to say that the Jubilee was an ordinary course before Donald Steel got his hands on it, but it’s now full of variety and character with a very strong collection of par threes. So it’s no surprise that since Steel’s changes, the Jubilee has already played host to a number of important amateur championships.

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Description: The Jubilee’s raised tees provide unparalleled views across St Andrews Bay to the east and the fluttering flags on the other St Andrews golf courses to the west. Rating: 6.8 out of 10 Reviews: 36
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Oliver Cram

This course is looked after by the St Andrews links trust and is in as good a condition as the others. Although there is no significant history associated with this course, it does boast a number of interesting holes and many of the greens are surrounded by the notorious gorse bush.

I think you will enjoy this course and if you have spare time on your trip to St Andrews I would definitely recommend a round (although if only playing one course play the old course).

March 08, 2022
7 / 10
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Mark

The 2nd course we played at St Andrews and possibly some of the worst weather I've played in, it absolutely tipped it down and with wind factor made it very cold, so much so that two of our four ball called it quits on the 14th. I stuck it out with one other and I am so glad we did. When you travel to Scotland in Feb you have to expect all weather conditions and this to me was what I was half expecting. The condition of all the courses at St Andrews complex are so good that even with so much rain it didn't effect the courses playability. The jubilee felt like more of a challenge than the New which was my first experience at St Andrews and I think if I could only play one of the two again it would be the Jubilee as it had some more challenging holes and layout.

February 15, 2022
8 / 10
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Doug Roberts

The Jubilee is a nice course. Many of the locals will speak to it being the best game in town. I think not. It is properly placed where it sits in this rating. It has the St Andrews superior conditioning. The green complexes are average. There is some fun golf and some challenging holes. The finish is the best part. The last few are the best holes on the course.

January 22, 2021
6 / 10
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Ralph Wardlaw

I found the Jubilee to be a bit of a mixed bag. The good was very good. Holes like 2, 7, 8, 15, 16.

Unfortunately for me there was a few too many bland holes, particularly at the far end of the course round the turn. I felt it was very similar to the New course in that sense.

The highlight for me was the condition of the course, in particular the fitness of the fairways and greens. Even in November after a lot of October rain they were excellent.

Was good to play but not sure i would rush back anytime soon

November 07, 2020
6 / 10
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Alex De'Ath

Excellent links in a spectacular setting, out and back by the dunes with St Andrews in the background..

September 28, 2020
8 / 10
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Phil Ree

I feel it’s a somewhat mixed bag on the Jubilee, there are a few bland holes but there are more top drawer ones which make up for it. It’s a bit of a slog, the shortest tees are 6000 yards which is more than enough when windy.

My highlights were the 8th which runs along the estuary and has banks on all sides of the green. The 15th and 16th are a great combo of par 4s which use more dunes and elevation changes, in contrast to much of the flat layout. I think the New Course next door is a more fun and diverse challenge.

So this was my least favourite of the 4 St Andrews courses I played, but it’s worth a go if you have the 3 day ticket or can’t get on to any of the others.

August 05, 2020
5 / 10
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Brian Volmer

This is the third course in St. Andrews. Also designed by Old Tom Morris and opened in 1897. I find the Jubilee to be more attractive than the New or Old, and more fun than the New. It used to be overly tight, but there has been a program over the last five years to cut back some of the gorse. This not only made the course more playable, but it also opened up some beautiful views. Holes 8 to 10 are challenging, fun and one of the only areas in St. Andrews where you get to see the sea.

December 18, 2019
7 / 10
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Mark White

If going to St. Andrews to play the Old Course and you have not been successful on the ballot or walking up, then heading to either the New or the Jubilee is a good alternative. What I typically do is while others in my group sleep in for the 11 AM rounds to follow at Crail, Carnoustie or the Old Course, I show up at both the New and Jubilee on separate mornings and secure an early tee time of the day as a single. For both courses I can get around in under two hours despite strong early morning breezes. But whether you did what I do or play it with another or as a four ball, it is not to be missed and will make up for any disappointment regarding not getting on the Old.

When I go to St Andrews I will play all three of these courses actually rather than go now to Kingsbarns as I have played that enough times already. (I have yet to play the Castle course as that is planned for 2020).

The Jubilee begins with two simple short par 4's followed by a reasonably easy mid length par five. The fourth hole is another short par 4 but with a green tucked a bit left. Of these four starting holes, I thought four was the best hole due to the green.

The fifth as a mid length par three has a nice green complex with a hidden bunker behind a green that appears very skinny to me.

The sixth is a short par five with humps and bumps in the fairway on this slight dogleg left. It is better to approach the hole from the right. The green is well guarded with bunkers.

The seventh is another short par 4 dogleg left with a narrow approach to the green that has a false front.

The eight is a short par four slightly dogleg left at the farthest point of the course and is played through two ridge lines on either side. It demands an accurate tee shot. If the wind is up, I hit an iron here and try to one putt to save par rather than risk a lost ball or impossible shot. The green is raised and difficult despite having no bunkers.

Nine is a slightly hole par three again with no bunkers around the green but it is steeply banked. This hole plays difficult in any sort of wind.

The tenth turns you back the opposite way with an out of bounds down the entire left side.

The eleventh sends you back the other way for the final time for this short par five which is well defended by bunkers near the green. I did not think much of this hole in comparison to the next hole, another slightly longer par five with a more rolling fairway and a two tiered, long green.

I always wish the thirteenth had the green near the tee instead of shooting inland but it is a fine par 3 of medium length. It is a good green complex with surrounding bunkers and a small area to hit in order to stay on.

The next two holes I think are the best on the Jubilee, the fourteenth being the longest par four followed by a short par four. Both offer plenty of trouble with the tee shot, beautiful walks up the fairway and really good greens. The fifteenth in particular has an almost hidden green due to the hill to the right and the surrounding gorse.

The sixteenth is another long par 4 offering a lot of room to the right to drive but it will lengthen the hole. There is gorse everywhere down the left side and a well placed bunker short of the green on the left.

The longest par 3 at over 210 yards follows next to a well defended and rolling green.

You finish on the second longest par 4, a pretty straight forward hole with one of the flatter greens, although there are bunkers to be avoided on the tee shot and at the green.

Is it the hardest of the St Andrews Links courses? One could make that claim but I found it to be about equal to the New course in that regard. It does offer the closest course to the beach and seemingly more dunes and taller grass/gorse to navigate than the Old.

I have yet to break 80 on the Jubilee but that is because I do play it pretty quickly to get back for a breakfast before the next round (at least that is my excuse). The best holes for me are 2, 8, 9, 12, 14, and 15 but in reality all of the holes coming in are pretty good and make for an enjoyable, interesting round of golf.

No one should miss playing the Jubilee just as one should play the New.

October 11, 2019
7 / 10
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Javier Pintos

This was a long pending one because I was aware and had been told how good it was but in my previous visits just didn’t had the time to go play it.

And what I did was not to read anything and let it be a big surprise. I played it during Eden Centenary Tournament on the Stablefor Consolation Event with a sunny day but with winds over St Andrews (Jubilee) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer 40km/h. It was one of the hardest days I experienced on a golf course: together with the wind and not knowing the course, there had been a massive rain the week before plus the previous night so it was very tough because the course was firm in some points and very soft in others so I missjudged many shots in distance leaving some short and others long.

The course rating (or SSS) is 73.0 and for that day the CSS (Competition Scratch Score) went to 76.0 for handicap purposes, it was tough. With only one lost ball and no doubles I scored 9 pars and 9 bogeys, steady but missed many club selections and failed many times around the greens to get up and down from not tough positions.

And now I have played the three of St Andrews (Jubilee) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer them can confirm Jubilee is the toughest of them, it has some of the best holes and it is an absolute must play.

Hole 8 plays very similar to 7th at Eden Course and 15th is the best par 4 on the course where the second shot downwind was a nightmare. That big false front was the most challenging shot of the day and of course my ball came backwards!

Many times we just go and play the famed ones, this is one that cannot be missed. Challenge, views, extremely very well kept and the walk on 8-9-10-11-12-13 is amazing!

October 08, 2019
7 / 10
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T P Dean

The Jubilee Course at St Andrews was the surprise package of a recent golf trip to Scotland. The closest of the St Andrews courses to the sea, the Jubilee brings dunes into play and offers plenty of variation. Like the New Course, the Jubilee starts out from the St Andrews Links clubhouse and then dances its way past and around the sand dunes with some well framed and strongly designed holes, all St Andrews (Jubilee) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer accompanied with the soundtrack of families playing along the beach. At the end of this strong starting stretch that takes you out to the Eden Estuary, the 8th hole is where you make an about-turn and slots itself through the middle of duneland as the fairway follows a narrow flattened out shallow between two sets of dunes.

The next hole pops up to a tough downhill par three as the course is then routed through some flatter land with back to back par fives offering a chance to recover a score. This flatter and more open landscape provides some welcome mid-round respite away from the tighter dune framed holes that reappear as you make your way back into town. A raised tee plays to the par three 13th before the tough as nails closing stretch takes you into and across the dunes. My pick of the eighteen holes then comes at the 15th hole where the raised green is hidden, doglegged from the tee due to its green being tucked and enveloped within a high dune. 16 is also a similarly fashioned hole, until 17 and 18, St Andrews (Jubilee) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer which sadly come as a visually weak finish due to exiting out of the more interesting land formations; albeit this returns you back to the familiar backdrop of the old town of St Andrews, something which never disappoints.

I’m going to wrap up by using a tired old cliché so I apologise in advance, but if this course was located elsewhere, it would be much more celebrated. In my opinion, a trip to St Andrews without a round at the Jubilee is an incomplete experience as I personally felt it was more enjoyable than the more acclaimed New Course as well as other more celebrated courses in the area.

May 15, 2019
7 / 10
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