It seems ironic that when the original 12 holes of the Jubilee were laid-out, they were intended mostly for short-hitting ladies, beginners and juniors. The course has now developed into the toughest test of golf in the auld grey toon, especially when the wind blows. Expect the best sea views of any of the St Andrews links courses, with plenty of elevated tees and steep terrain changes through the dunes. The fairways get tighter as the holes progress and there are plenty of challenging approaches. My favourite shot on the course is playing up to the raised 15th green, through a valley created by sand dunes just short of the putting surface. From the tee, the shape of the fairway gives the impression that the right side might be favourable. However, a drive tight down the left, even in the rough behind the fairway bunker, will yield the best line into the green. If you're planning a golfing trip to the East Neuk of Fife, sure, play the standard Old, New, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie circuit; but you might find a round on the Jubilee to be the sternest test of your game.
Date: July 21, 2010