Playing the Course
Nine times Open Championship hosting, Royal Troon, has been the jewel in South Ayrshire’s golfing crown since 1878. Troon was granted its ‘Royal’ designation, most fittingly, during its centennial year in 1978.
The Old Course is a challenging test of golfing ability and many a player’s scorecard has been ruined by the biting winds that sweep in from the Firth Of Clyde, particularly across the back nine holes.
As Championships have grown in size and courses have lengthened over the years Troon has replaced Prestwick, (where the first Open was staged) and become a true test of the best professional and amateur golfers in the world and is now a regular on the Open circuit and for other competitions.
Royal Troon has hosted many major Championships and the fairways have been graced by most famous golfers.
Enjoy your game in the knowledge that you are treading in the footsteps of Sarazen, Locke, Palmer, Nicklaus, and Watson among many others.
Royal Troon, Old Course
With the wind to contend with and deep rough interspersed with gorse and broom, accurate shot making is essential. Players should make their scores on the outward nine, as the prevailing north-westerly wind can make the back nine extremely difficult.
The course also has both the longest and shortest holes in Open Championship golf. Regarded as one of the top holes in the world, the par-3 8th hole (“Postage Stamp”) measures a scant 123 yards, whilst, the par-5 6th (“Turnberry”) extends to a lengthy 601 yards.