One of the more established golf courses at St Andrews the Jubilee course was designed by John Argus and opened for play as a 12 hole course in 1897.
The Jubilee was built in honour and celebration of Queen Victoria’s 60th year of reign. It was not until 1905 that the course was then extended and made up to an 18 hole golf course.
1946 saw a further improvement to the layout and design by golf course architect Willie Auchterlonie. It was 1988 that the eventual overhaul that saw the golf course reach the dizzying heights of a Championship golf course.
Of the seven golf courses in St Andrews, Scotland the Jubilee course offers the sternest test and has a number of genuinely challenging driving holes towards the point of the estuary where the wind is at its most fierce. Here you can expect to receive strong winds, don’t second guess your club choice here.
Bravery is what’s needed when standing on the 9th tee “Windy Tap”, the wind here is extremely strong and this hole certainly lives up to its nick-name. Just 192 yards long aim to the left of the green correctly guessing the direction of the wind at impact should roll the ball safely onto the green.
“Honeyman’s Howe” is the finishing hole here and at 437 yards it looks pretty straight forward, A long straight drive slightly left of centre gets you between the fairway bunkers. If you have made the right choice here then it makes an easier shot into the 18th green which is guarded on both sides by greenside bunkers. No-one would choose to go into any of them, but the right-hand side is a little more forgiving than the left.
In essence, the Jubilee Course is an unsung hero with its difficulty not in question and of course a little easier to get on to play than its alternative noisy neighbour.