St Andrews Jubilee Course (48)
The third championship course at the Home of Golf, the Jubilee is considered by many to be the most challenging course on the famous Links. Built in 1897, it was however, after seeing its prime golfing location between the New Course and the sea, the Jubilee was converted to a championship layout in 1988.
Arguably the toughest course at St. Andrews, the Jubilee is always a delight to play. The same penal bunkers as the rest of the complex and good, often complex greens. The delights on the Jubilee are the variety of holes. The little tree off the corner of the 2nd green and 11th fairway, the odd angles of the tee shots of holes 8 & 10, the Jubilee is a shotmaker’s delight.
Originally a fairly short and undemanding track, the Jubilee was toughened up and lengthened considerably by the esteemed links architect Donald Steel to make it worthy of the ‘Championship course’ status. Amazingly, the third course at St Andrews was once thought of as the preserve of beginners only… but that is certainly no longer the case.
Sandwiched between the New course and the beach at West Sands – where Chariots of Fire was famously filmed – the Jubilee is now a firm favourite with visitors to St Andrews who appreciate the opportunity to venture into fairly sizeable duneland that allows a rare change of elevation.
In addition to being great fun to play, the Jubilee is usually a little less crowded than both the Old and the New, making for a relaxed round that affords truly spectacular views of the Eden Estuary, St Andrews Bay and across to RAF Leuchars, not least from the 9th tee.