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: 34
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steve guzik
In my opinion this is the best actual 'course' in St Andrews. Dont get me wrong - I enjoy playing the Old more than the Jubilee just for the sheer history / experience factor, and I probably enjoy playing th New more than the Jubilee because it is slightly easier, but in terms of hole architecture, variety, challenge and views I think the Jubilee trumps its more famous neighbours by a considerable margin. Standout holes for me are the 2nd (a gorgeous gentle dogleg right with a fantastic kidney shaped green guarded by a quaint tree), the 8th (gorgeous short dogleg left in the basin of the dunes out by the sea) , the superb 15th which is the desingers favourite and has the green tucked behind a spectacular dune and the 16th which requires a great drive through the dunes before hitting to the most fun green in the whole of St Andrews due to its size and elevation changes. Whilst the Jubilee is pretty much as flat as the Old and the New, the routing through the dunes makes it much more interesting. It is also considerable harder in my opinion, although the back to back par 5's (11th & 12th) offer a chance to steady your score. The only slight negative comments are that the 1st and last are fairly nondescript holes that also come into pretty close contact with the Greenkeepers village although attempts have been made to obscure it from view as much as possible. I would also say that the greens, whilst excellent, didnt seem to be as fast as the New. So in summary - If you want history and spinetingling play the Old; if you want a gentle round on a effortlessly classy layout play the New but if you want to play the hardest course in the town which aslo happens to be the most interesting, play the Jubilee.
November 16, 2010
8 / 10
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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 08, 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 23, 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 03, 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 14, 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 01, 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 05, 2006
6 / 10
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