Par 71; 7,175 yards (6,561 m)
Old course at Royal Troon is a perfect example of how first impressions can be deceptive. An out-and-back layout can appear forgiving from the first tee but these revered links lay down one of the world’s finest tests of seaside golf. One such test is the infamous par 3 8th , fondly called Postage Stamp. Short in length at just 125 yards from the back tees, the tiddler of a hole is huge in reputation. The green is surrounded by the scariest collection of grassy mounds, pot bunkers and slick run-offs and hence require great precision and control. The mighty have fallen here.
The opening and closing holes on Royal Troon’s Old course are characterized by subtle elevation changes. The turn and layout’s middle section is where greater undulation is found along with gorse bushes as well as long wispy fescues. 13th is where the course provides another twist. Brace yourself for a long, very stern finish amidst strong prevailing wind. Closing stretch at Old course consists of three long par 4s, two tough par 3s, and a challenging par 5 (the 16th) with its fairway bisected at the halfway point by a ditch, not usually carried from the tee.
The glorious views of the across the Firth of Clyde, the Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig only add to the pleasure of a round at this magnificent course. The Club has hosted the Open Championship nine times, the most recent in 2016. Remember the legendary contest between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson that made a lot of noise last year? That was here. Stenson Won.
Course Architect and Designer
Willie Fernie – Scottish professional golfer and architect. 1883 Open Championship winner
Green Fee and Tee Times
£230 for 18 holes (Mid- Apr to Mid-Sep), £170 for PGA members
Visitors welcome on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Must book very well in advance. Maximum handicap: men 20; women 30. Proof of handicap required.
Queen Elizabeth II conferred the Royal prefix on Troon GC in its centenary year (1978). By royal prerogative, 10 Scottish golf clubs use the “Royal” title, namely: Aberdeen, Royal & Ancient (St Andrews), Burgess, Dornoch, Duff House, Montrose, Musselburgh, Perth, Tarlair and Troon.
The club motto is “Tam Arte Quam Marte” which means “as much by skill as by strength”.
Royal Troon Golf Club
Craigend Rd, Troon, Ayeshire, KA10 6EP
Office: +44 (0) 1292 311 555
Pro shop: +44 (0) 1292 310 063
Fax: +44 (0) 1292 318 204
Crosbie Road, Troon, Ayrshire KA10 6HE
+44 (0) 1292 314 444
Monktonhill, Southwood nr Troon KA10 7EN
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