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Royal Troon – Old Course

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 Founded: 1878
Designer: Willie Fernie
Championship Length: 7,097 yards
PAR: 71
SSS (Course Rating): 74
Type: Links
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Who this course is best for:

A golfer who wants to play a current Open Championship Rotation Course and a World Top 50 (by most accounts).

History of Royal Troon:

Consistently ranked as one of the world’s best links courses, #51 in the world (GOLF Magazine), Royal Troon was created by Willie Fernie, one of the great early British golfers, in 1878. The most appropriate description of the course is also the club motto – “Tam Arte Quam Marte,” – which means “as much by skill as by strength”. In 1978, Troon claimed its “Royal” status while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the course.

Though a relative latecomer to the Open Championship circuit, Troon has hosted the tournament nine times. The most recent of which was when Henrick Stenson triumphed in 2016. In 1923 Muirfield was to host the Open Championship but, due to extensive remodeling, had to withdraw. This allowed Troon to receive an invitation to host its first Open. Since then, some of golf’s greatest have seen victory at Royal Troon including Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer.

Course Overview:

A classic links course in every respect, the golfer is eased into the challenge with each hole appearing progressively tougher. Troon’s small greens require touch and imagination. Narrow fairways lined with trouble make tee shots critical, its bunkers are punishing. Running straight out and back along the coast, Troon often changes dramatically from front nine to back.

Though boasting many superb holes, there can be little argument about Troon’s most famous hole. At 126 yards, the par 3 – 8th “The Postage Stamp” may be the shortest hole in Open Championship golf. However, don’t let that fool you as it has certainly notched up its fair share of victims.

The severely trapped green is conducive to the golfing equivalent of ping-pong and has borne witness to a triple bogey by Tiger Woods in 1997 and an amazing 15 by a certain Open contender in 1950. Perhaps fittingly though, the great Gene Sarazen did manage a hole in one here on the 50th anniversary of his first appearance in the Championship.

Along with Turnberry and Prestwick, Royal Troon and the West Coast of Scotland have become a golfer’s dream destination. Plan your next visit with us here.

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Art Testimonial Scotland 2010

Testimonials

“Our arrival to St. Andrews was magical.  The Old Course to our left, the Royal & Ancient Club house and the North Sea in front of us made it such as special moment in our lives that we will never forget.”  

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Tours that include this Course

Castle Stuart

Highest Ranked Top 100 – Scotland

Seven rounds of golf:

  • St Andrews-Old Course
  • Carnoustie-Championship Course
  • Kingsbarns
  • Royal Troon-Old Course
  • Turnberry-Ailsa Course
  • Royal Dornoch-Championship Course
  • Castle Stuart
Turnberry Ailsa

Turnberry-Ailsa Course

St Andrews Golf & The West Coast

Fantastic combination of legendary Scotland links and six rounds of golf:

  • St Andrews-Old Course
  • St Andrews-New Course
  • Carnoustie-Championship Course
  • Kingsbarns – GOLF Magazine World #71 in 2020/21
  • Royal Troon-Old Course
  • Turnberry-Ailsa Course
Prestwick Golf

Prestwick

Classic Scotland

The best Ayrshire and Fife area courses all in one package with a total of six rounds of golf: 

  • St Andrews-Old Course
  • St Andrews-New Course
  • Carnoustie-Championship Course
  • Royal Troon-Old Course
  • Turnberry-Ailsa Course
  • Prestwick
Dundonald Links

Dundonald

Ultimate West Coast

Six rounds of golf:

  • Royal Troon-Old Course
  • Royal Troon-Portland Course
  • Dundonald
  • Prestwick
  • Turnberry-Ailsa Course
  • Western Gailes
Machrie Golf Scotland

Machrie

Remote Scotland

Six rounds of golf:

  • Machrihanish-Championship Course
  • Machrie
  • Machrihanish Dunes
  • Shiskine
  • Royal Troon-Old Course
  • Turnberry-Ailsa Course