Jubilee

St. Andrews, Fife | 18 holes | Links | Par: 72 | 6742 yards

St. Andrews: Jubilee - 15th green ( Photo by Kiel Christianson )
St. Andrews: Jubilee - 15th green ( Photo by Kiel Christianson )

On Sunday 22 June 1997, the Jubilee Course celebrated its centenary. In the space of 100 years, it had developed from a 12-hole basic layout into one of the toughest tests of golf at St Andrews.

Created on a narrow strip of land between the New Course and the sea, the Jubilee was originally a 12 hole course intended for ladies and beginners. It was the result of an initiative by the Town Council who had re-acquired the Links under the 1894 Links Act.
In March 1897 the Council gave the go-ahead to Mr. John Angus Jnr to lay out the course and have it ready to play in the current season for the princely sum of 178 pounds.

A week later he had 20 men working on site. The course was ready on 22 June, the date of a public holiday to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria's accession to the throne. A commemorative Jubilee Fountain was unveiled on the Links and the Jubilee course was officially opened by the wife of the Provost John Macgregor.

18 Holes: Around 1902 David Honeyman, Tom Morris' right hand man, suggested that it was possible to extend the course to 18 holes. This was done in 1905 at a cost of 150 pounds, but only after an agreement had been reached with the local Rifle and Artillery Volunteers to regulate play when target shooting was in progress at the rifle butts at the far end of the course.

Further Improvements: In 1938 the Council decided to make further improvements. They entrusted the supervision to the 1893 Open Champion, Willie Auchterlonie, who by then was honorary professional to the R&A.

The war years of 1939 to 1945, with their shortages of men and materials, slowed progress to a crawl. It was finally completed in June 1946 when Willie struck a ball from the first tee to open it.

The Jubilee was now 6,020 yards long and Willie modestly gave the credit for the improvements to the greenkeeping staff and commented that "..some day this will be a championship course".

A Championship Layout: In 1988 the re-design of the Jubilee to championship standard was carried out by Donald Steel of Cotton, Pennink, Steel & Partners, golf course architects. The teeing grounds were raised, not only providing wonderful views of the Links, but also exposing the golfers to the winds which sweep in from the bay. Mr. Steel's redesigned course was 6,805 yards and a real test for all golfers.

The course was officially opened when Curtis Strange, the US Open champion, drove a ball from the first tee in September 1989.

In 1993, the Jubilee was the venue for the Scottish Amateur Strokeplay Championship, finally vindicating Willie Auchterlonie's prediction.

Directions: Directions from Edinburgh and the south to St Andrews: Travel north on the M90 over the Forth Bridge. Leave the Motorway at Junction 3 and follow the A92 to its junction with the A914 north of Glenrothes. Take the A914 to the next roundabout, turn right and continue on the A91 through Cupar to St Andrews.

Par, yardages and course ratings

Tee Par Yardage Rating Slope
White 72 6742 72.6 131
Yellow 72 6424 71.2 127
Red (W) 74 5956 74.6 128

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At a glance

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Donald Steel
  • Style: Links
  • Built in: 1897
  • Golf Season: Low 11/1-3/31; High 4/1-10/31
  • Visitor Policy: Welcomed
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes

Practice facilities

  • Driving range: Yes
  • Putting green: Yes

Tuition

  • Teaching pro: Yes
  • Golf school / golf academy: Yes

Services

  • Pro: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - medical certificate required
  • Pull carts: Yes

Prices

  • Week days: £35 - £70
  • Weekends: £35 - £70

Gallery

Much like the nearby Old Course at St. Andrews, the Jubilee Course's turf features many little subtle humps and bumps. The second hole on the Jubilee Course in St. Andrews is a 353-yard par 4 with a steep fall-off right of the green. Originally a small 12-hole design, the Jubilee Course in St. Andrews is now a links of championship standard. The fourth and 14th holes on the Jubilee Course in St. Andrews share a green. A man walks his three border collies on the Jubilee Course in St. Andrews, which is a public park. The Jubilee Course at St. Andrews plays closest to the sea and along the River Eden. The Jubilee Course in St. Andrews is a home course for the St. Andrews Links Trophy. The second of back-to-back par 5s on the Jubilee Course in St. Andrews is the 12th hole, known as The 15th hole is named after the Jubilee Course in St. Andrews' most recent architect, Donald Steel. The 16th hole on the Jubilee Course in St. Andrews is a par-4 dogleg left named


St Andrews Links Trust
Pilmour House
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9SF
Scotland
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