Royal Troon lies at the southern end of that beautiful stretch of Ayrshire coastline where golf was played long before the Troon Golf Club was founded in 1878. The links course has a traditional out and back layout and the opening few holes are relatively gentle allowing you to soak up the views of the mountains on the Isle of Arran.
The course measures 7,150 yards from the back tees but line is more important than distance from the tee. There’s plenty of bunkers and deep rough that will punish wayward shots and while it is a challenging course it is a very enjoyable links course.
The old course is one of the great links courses in Scotland, the Old Course is a challenging test of golfing ability. The beautiful links course is one of the host courses for The Open Championship and the major championship on the PGA Tour and European Tour. The club has hosted the Open eight times, last in 2004, and is set to host again in 2016. With the wind to contend with, and deep rough interspersed with gorse and broom, accurate shot making is essential. Players should make their scores on the outward nine, as the prevailing north-westerly wind can make the back nine extremely difficult.
The Portland Course, originally designed by the Troon professional William Fernie, winner of the Open Championship in 1883, was opened in 1895 and subsequently redesigned by Dr Alister MacKenzie in the early 1920’s. Although a links course, the Portland is a little more sheltered than the Old Course and, of course, shorter. The holes meander through terrain filled with gorse and broom and has a generous helping of Par 3s, five in all. This is tempered however, with four Par 5s, all of which are on the back nine.