Whether you are a travelling amateur or a seasoned professional competing in the Open Championship, no trip to St Andrews is complete without a visit to what is regarded as the most famous 19th hole in golf - The Jigger Inn.
Situated just a niblick's distance from the famed Road Hole, the historic Jigger Inn building dates back to 1852 when it was the stationmaster's lodge. In those days, what we know to be the Old Course Hotel was a railway station, the terminus for those arriving at the Old Town.
Today, the Jigger Inn is home to golfing memorabilia from years gone by, crackling open-hearth fires and locally sourced home-cooked food alongside a selection of Scottish beers; including the pub's very own Jigger Ale.
Eagled eyed revellers of this unique watering hole will notice the original poster announcing the closure of the station in 1969 on the wall as well as the station's clock, stopped at 1.50pm - the very time the last train departed the St Andrew's station.
The Inn itself is compact and almost every ounce of available wall space is honoured to unique golfing memories, but in no way is its charm or character manufactured. The view to the outside is unrivalled. Visitors can sip on something cold and watch like-minded golfers tackle the Old Course's famed 17th hole in what for many, is a once in a lifetime pilgrimage.
If you are fortunate enough to visit during competition week, you are almost certain to rub shoulders with the game's greats as they too enjoy nothing more than a visit to the Jigger Inn. Louis Oosthuizen famously dined there during the 2010 Open Championship and returned on Sunday evening with the Claret Jug by his side.
Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood even purchased a racehorse and named it "Inn The Jigger" as a tribute to golf's most elite tavern.
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James joined Golf Monthly having previously written for other digital outlets. He is obsessed with all areas of the game – from tournament golf, to history, equipment, technique and travel. He is also an avid collector of memorabilia; with items from the likes of Bobby Jones, Tiger Woods, Francis Ouimet, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Adam Scott and Ernie Els. As well as writing for Golf Monthly, James’ golfing highlight is fist bumping Phil Mickelson on his way to winning the Open Championship at Muirfield in 2013. James grew up on the east coast of England and is the third generation of his golfing family. He now resides in Leeds and is a member of Cobble Hall Golf Club with a handicap index of 1.7. His favourite films are The Legend of Bagger Vance and Tin Cup.
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