royal troon

The Old Course at Royal Troon Golf Club is a links course and includes the famous ‘Postage Stamp’ 8th hole, which at 123 yards long is the shortest hole on any Open Championship course. Troon also has the longest hole in the Open Championship, with the Par 5 6th hole being 601 yards (550 m) long. Royal Troon is to host the British Open Championship again in 2016 !

royal troon clubhouse

With the wind coming straight off the sea and with deep rough, this course demands accurate shot making. With the prevailing north-westerly wind the back nine holes are known as being the most demanding of any Course on the Championship rota !

playing troon

The Old Course statistics :

Ladies (Red) 6135 Yards  Par 75  76
Yellow 6201 Yards  Par 71 71
White 6641 Yards  71 73
Championship (Blue) 7175 Yards  71 75

Tee times can be booked by visitors on three days a week between May and September. Handicap limit is 20 for men and 30 for women.

troon looking out to sea

Other courses at Royal Troon include the Portland Course and the Craigend Course, a Par 3 9 hole course.

history of troon

Troon was founded in 1878. The Open Championship was first held at Troon in 1923 and has since been played there in 1923,1950, 1962, 1973, 1982, 1989, 1997 and 2004.

In 1915, the Captain of Troon gifted a set of golf clubs to the Club and these are thought to be the oldest set of golf clubs in existence. They perhaps even belong to the time of Stuart Kings. The original set are now on display in the British Golf Museum in St Andrews but you can see a replica set on display at Troon in the Clubhouse.

staying nearby

There are numerous popular hotels in Ayrshire, including the popular Marine Hotel in Troon as well as the prestigious Turnberry Hotel Resort.

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things to see in the area

Culzean Castle and Burns Cottage, where the famous poet Robert Burns was born are both well worth a visit.

culzean castle