On Scotland's west coast, close to the town of Troon, stands the historic Royal Troon Golf Club. The club was established in 1878 and is recognised as one of the world's most illustrious golf clubs. With two courses, the Old Course and the Portland Course, Royal Troon offers golfers of all levels an unforgettable golfing experience.
A Brief History of Royal Troon Golf Club
The Club was founded in 1878 and has hosted numerous major championships, including nine Open Championships. The club has a rich history, with many notable moments in golfing history taking place on its courses. In 1923, Arthur Havers won the Open Championship at Royal Troon, becoming the first Englishman to do so. In 1950, Bobby Locke won the Open Championship at Royal Troon and went on to win it two more times in 1952 and 1957. In 2016, the Open Championship returned to Royal Troon, with Henrik Stenson winning his first major championship.
Course Design at Royal Troon Golf Club Scotland
The Old Course at Royal Troon is a challenging links course that measures 7,208 yards and has a par of 71. The course has a number of signature holes, including the famous "Postage Stamp" hole, which is the shortest hole on the Open Championship rota, measuring just 123 yards. The difficult par-5 11th hole, dubbed "The Railway," asks golfers to avoid a railway line that runs along the left side of the fairway. The 8th hole, "The Postage Stamp," is a par-3 that requires players to hit their ball over a deep bunker in front of the green.
The Portland Course at Royal Troon is a shorter course that measures 6,289 yards and has a par of 71. The course is known for its excellent condition and challenging layout, with a number of tight fairways and small greens. The signature hole on the Portland Course is the 5th hole, a par-4 that requires players to hit their tee shot over a large gully to a narrow fairway.
Membership at Golf Club Royal Troon
Membership at Royal Troon is by invitation only.
Where is Royal Troon Golf Club?
The Club is located in the town of Troon, on the west coast of Scotland. The club is easily accessible by car or public transport, with regular train and bus services to the town. From Glasgow, the club is approximately a 45-minute drive.