Jubilee Course, St Andrews
Par 72, 6,742 yards
The Course: Spare a thought for the Jubilee Course. In any other Scottish town it would be cherished as a rare gem. In St Andrews it’s hardly given a second look.
This is unfortunate because the Jubilee is a classic links, and a real ball-striker’s course, with a strong emphasis on accuracy from tee and fairway.
The outward nine has some fine holes, not least the short par 4 8th, but the course comes into its on the homeward side. The 12th is a sporty par five which rewards bravery from the tee, the 15th and 16th are par fours shoe-horned through sand dunes and the green at the 18th is perhaps the best-guarded on the entire course.
Signature hole: The 15th is a short par four which can almost be driven in the right conditions. But the small green, perched on the side of a sand dune, is a very hard target to hit.
What makes it special? The Jubilee’s subtle qualities become more apparent as the round evolves. The more you play it, the more you like it.