Review for St Andrews (Jubilee)

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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.

Date: May 15, 2019

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