The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2016
192 THE CUT JIGGER INN 192THE19TH HOLE S The Jigger Inn has played host to many of the game’s greatest names who’ve stepped off the Old Course at St Andrews and into the pub’s welcoming embrace. The small white building just off the 17th green is a former stationmaster’s lodge from the 1850s. The granite- walled pub with its small wooden bar and tartan upholstery is warmed by a big open fire. Old golfing photos line the walls and a hickory-shafted “jigger” – a very low-lofted iron similar to a modern chipper – hangs by the door. The pub is a “free house” and serves a great selection of Scottish beers along with a fine array of malt whiskies. The pub’s own Jigger Ale is always in demand, a classic Scottish ale brewed especially for the house by Belhaven Brewery in Dunbar and available only at the Jigger Inn and at The American Club’s Horse & Plow bar in Kohler, Wisconsin. It’s the perfect spot to linger over a drink or home-cooked meal and watch golfers coming up the 17th fairway. The all- day menu ranges from Haggis and Potato Fritters, through Escalope of Loch Duart Salmon to fish ‘n’ chips, curries and “ The Jigger” – the pub’s signature burger (with Mull cheddar, Ayreshire bacon and fries). Desserts carry the names of golfing legends such as Harry Vardon (chocolate tart) and Old and Young Tom Morris (ice creams). The pub is reportedly home to a challenging drinking game: after playing 17 holes, you walk off the green and into the bar. You order a pint. In fact you’d better have a few more, because the aim is to finish your round on the 455-yard par-4 18th by shooting fewer strokes than pints you’ve just drunk. Probably wise to have an extra couple, then, a case of a double bogey... THE COURSE-SIDE PUB AT ST ANDREWS MAY BE THE MOST FAMOUS 19TH IN ALL OF GOLF.
The Cut - Spring 2016