Royal Troon - Amongst Scotland's Finest

Founded in 1878 the Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland has three courses, the Old Course, Portand and the nine-hole course called Par Three. It has a famous neighbor in Prestwick and together they form an interesting golfing vacation. In its centenary year of 1978, Troon was bestowed with the Royal title, the only one awarded so far during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Old Course at Royal Troon is one of the finest links courses in Scotland. A severe test of golfing ability, the layout and the weather conditions compound the challenge, making power and accuracy equally important. The deep rough around the fairways is dotted with broom and gorse and of course there is always the wind to contend with.

The 7150 yard course is strewn with bunkers that are cleverly hidden from the tees. It is a traditional outwards and back layout. The opening holes of the outward nine are easier with short par 4s running along the Firth of Clyde. This part of the Old Course offers spectacular views and one can see the dome like rock in the sea, the Ailsa Craig and hills on Isle of Arran from here. The inward nine can be punishing, particularly in the face of the northwesterly wind. It is widely accepted to be the most demanding of any Course on the Championship circuit.

Royal Troon Old Course is home to the longest par five and shortest par three, known as the Postage Stamp, in the Open Championship circuit. The 11th hole is considered to be Troon’s toughest hole with the railway line and out of bounds to the right.

The Portland Golf Course is a little more sheltered than the Old Course and also a fair deal shorter. It has five par 3 holes that are compensated by the four par 5 holes which are all part of the back nine. The terrain has a fair amount of gorse and broom, and the holes are well laid in their midst.

The nine-hole Par 3 Course has a number of tricky holes set in small greens.

 





Combine Flights?













New Business Users, read more and join on the Business Affiliates page.

New Individual Users, join on the Forum Users Registration page.

Latest Travel Articles

Highland Fling - by Joan Jaffe (Part One)

We were bound to have trouble in Customs with the muesli, Dick predicted, and maybe the half jar.... read more

Highland Fling - by Joan Jaffe (Part Two)

The charm of hiking in the Highlands is the other side of the difficulty: that is, the mostly tr.... read more

Lakes & Lochs of the Trossachs Region

Often referred to with the affectionate moniker of “the highlands in miniature”, the Trossac.... read more

Bathgate's History at the Bennie Museum

Visitors to Bathgate in West Lothian will find loads of interesting information on the history o.... read more

Stroll Through the Beatrix Potter Garden in Birnam

Situated in the Perthshire village of Birnam, the Beatrix Potter Garden pays tribute to the 19th.... read more

More Articles