St Andrews (Jubilee) - Fife - Scotland

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


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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: 6.7 out of 10 Reviews: 33
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David Wilkinson
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.
July 21, 2010
8 / 10
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kcbritton
Easily the toughest course in St Andrews...also a great test of golf. If you can play well here you can pay well on any course in Scotland. While it is tough, it is a fair test and tremendous fun. While I scored better on the New, I would pick Jubilee over it everyday.
July 09, 2010
8 / 10
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Dan Hare
I really love the Old and the New, but for me the true under rated Gem of St Andrews has to be the Jubilee. In the back 9 there are a couple of holes whereby you have distracting green keeper infrastructure but other than that there are probably more memorable holes than the New. Also some great 100 yard putting opportunities, and who doesn't love that ? Highly recommended.
March 19, 2010
8 / 10
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Andy MacLean
Played the front 7 downwind and found it easy. Pretty much a continuation of the New course, which we had played that morning. Then we got to 8 and for me, that's where this course got great. There a couple of really good par 4's coming in with high dunes, that really make it fun for those who can appreciate blind shots. Played the course a different day, with different wind, and the front 7 were much more difficult. This course is way under rated in my opinion. ANDYMAC
July 24, 2009
8 / 10
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Shaun
Visited St. Andrews on numerous occasions and never played the Jubilee until May 2009, big mistake. A very good course which was both challenging and enjoyable, do not miss out on your next trip to St. Andrews just because it isn’t in a Top 100 listing.
June 04, 2009
6 / 10
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Alex
A good course that makes you hit the ball straight and it will set you up nicely if playing on before the venturing onto the Old. Not overlong and some of the Par 5s are reachable in two if the wind is in a certain direction. Best holes are probably 14, 15, 16 and 17 as they return back to the clubhouse. We also liked the elevation around 8 and 9 as the sea is visible and you get a good sense of how far you have travelled from the town.
June 15, 2008
6 / 10
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graham cunningham
st andrews is a little special so i was looking forward to playing the jubilee however i came away dissapointed.I found most of the holes very bland,nothing special.The day before i played Lundin Links which in comparison blew me away.
June 02, 2008
4 / 10
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Richard Smith
What a special place in my heart, the first links course I ever played. The summer of 1980, and I was on a weekend trip to Edinburgh up from London, where I was spending the summer. I played with Ian and Duncan, two locals from St. Andrews, and it was an exhilirating experience to play over the flat but uneven terrain and experience the wonders of links golf which I had only known through the book "Golf in The Kingdom." On the back nine I had a short wedge shot into a par 4, and hit a dead skull that never got off the ground, but miraculously wound up a foot from the hole. Duncan saw only the result and yelled out "Great Shot!" Ian had seen the actual shot, and came up huffing and puffing with his trolly. As he passed he never broke stride and said "A much underrated shot- the fluke!" How could you not fall in love with this style of golf and people. I haven't played here in quite a while but I have played several times since, and my general sense is that I prefer the Jubilee over the New and that it is a fine test of links golf. Richard Smith Knoxville, Tennessee
December 17, 2007
8 / 10
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Edward Coleridge
I played this course after a corporate day on the Eden course at St. Andrews. We started very early, and had a brillinat round on an empty course. Really good test, especially in the wind, which makes for 2 very different 9's. Well worth playing, but worth starting early as the course does goes busy once everyone is on it.
October 06, 2006
6 / 10
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Carl Statham
As you would expect with St Andrews the set up is pretty good. The new club house works very well and has great locker facilities. The one thing about St Andrews is that there is no sense of fuss, the whole place is full of people on there once in a life time trip but the locals go about arranging a few rounds of golf in a very cheerful un flustered manner. I think the St Andrews folk understand that whilst they are lucky to have the most famous course in the world, they don't posess the mast amzing links land in the world. So they ask you to pay a reasonable green fee and organise your whole trip in a very friendly and welcoming way.The course is a good one, it starts off a little bland but builds around the turn. It certainly has great views of the town and surrounding estuary from it's raised tees, especially as you hit the turn. As you head back from the furthest point the course builds and throws up some really good holes with dunes larger than I was expecting at St Andrews, certainly the 16th is the feature hole and would grace any links and is possibly only challenged by the 8th.Anyway as you can tell I'm a fan of the place and it makes for a good golfers destination ......... where else would it be perfectly normal to see people walking down the high street in full golf paraphnalia .......... oh and it's worth coming to see the Americans dress up .....nice people terrible dress sense.
September 09, 2006
6 / 10
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