"Long, testing par 4s and demanding greens make it a formidable challenge at any time and a ferocious one when the wind blows. A testament to its strength as a championship venue is the fact that the scores returned in major events - such as the Amateur Championship, the Mid-Amateur and the Scottish Stroke Play - when the Old Course has also been used have been consistently higher on the Jubilee Course."
Upon returning to yet again re-read and refresh my memory I read the above passage in True Links by George Pepper and Malcolm Campbell.
Mea culpa and like very many other golfers I've played golf at St Andrews several times and but not played the Jubilee Course however that won't be the case the next time round at the Auld Grey Toon.
A ladies' course
The course is named in honour of Queen Victoria in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee and according to Wikipedia it was, "Originally intended for Victorian dressed ladies, and other golf beginners, it has evolved into one of the hardest courses at St Andrews Links"
And I guess because it takes time to change people's attitudes and awareness of change. In my youth we never did play the Jubilee and more's the pity because in 1946 the Jubilee became a better test of golf due to the efforts of Willie Aucherlonie followed several years later with a major redesign by Donald Steel.
The longest course in St Andrews
In another reference to the Jubilee Course, Golf at St Andrews by Keith Mackie there's this passage.
"Overall, the effect of the redesign has been to make far greater use of the ridge of huge sand dunes which run like a spine through the course. The length of the course has has also been massively increased; from being the shortest of the St Andrews courses it has now become the longest, at close to 7,000 yards."
Note the Old Course from the Open Championship tees is a tad longer
Quote of the Day
"Half the cost of the Old, it's a suitable and affordable links-style play with a championship pedigree."
- Brandon Tucker