Royal Troon, Old Course

The Old Course at Royal Troon Golf Club is a classic Scottish links and a challenging test of golfing ability.

The links are almost out and back – the mid section of the course changes in direction a few times before the turn for home. The front nine mostly have the sea to the golfer's right and the prevailing wind is generally against you on the way home so scoring well on the front part of the course is key. There is heavy and costly rough, as well as plenty of gorse and broom – the local caddies are impressively proficient at finding lost golf balls, they are used to it! Keeping to the fairway at the cost of distance will contribute to a better score.

Troon Golf Club was formed in March 1878. Initially six holes were constructed but by 1888 the golf course had been extended to a full 18. The course received the Royal accolade on its centenary year in 1978.

2016 was the 9th time the Open Championship has been held at Troon. The first occasion was in 1923.

Even the Portland course, originally known as the relief course and redesigned by Dr Alister Mackenzie in 1920, has hosted qualifying rounds for both the Open Championship and the European Open.

The course signature hole on the Royal Troon Old course is the famous par 3 "Postage Stamp", the 8th, which at 123 yards is also the shortest hole on the Open Championship rota. The green is raised and well defended and as the name would suggest, rather small. Despite the distance it is far from an easy par 3 as many, including Tiger Woods who took a six there is 1997, will testify. Gene Sarazan had it tamed in the 1973 Open when he had a hole in one during his first round and in his second took just 2 shots – at the age of 71.

Royal Troon Old course is available for visitor play on three days a week from mid April to the start of October. Between April and the start of September the green fee covers a 36 hole day, including a round on both the Old, Championship course and the Portland golf course. Many visitors choose not to play the 18 holes on the Portland but the fees are the same regardless. Some play 9 holes on the Portland as a 'warm-up' if their tee-times permit.

Single green fees covering just the Old course are only available from early September to the end of the visitor season.

Address:
Royal Troon Golf Club
Craigend Road
Troon
Ayrshire
KA10 6EP
Telephone:
01292 311555
Pro shop:
01292 310063
Email:
bookings@royaltroon.com
Costs (2018):
Weekday round: £250.00
Trolley hire: £5.00
Club hire: £50.00
Electric trolley hire: £20.00
Caddy hire: £50.00
Restrictions:
Handicap certificate required: Yes
Handicap restriction - men: 20
Handicap restriction - women: 30
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  • Barassie Links

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Troon
    Weekday green fee*:
    £75.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6852 yards
    Par/SSS:
    72 / 74
    Type:
    Links
  • Darley

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Troon
    Weekday green fee*:
    £32.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6308 yards
    Par/SSS:
    71 / 72
    Type:
    Links
  • Dundonald

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Gailes
    Weekday green fee*:
    £130.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    7100 yards
    Par/SSS:
    72 / 74
    Type:
    Links
  • Fullarton

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Troon
    Weekday green fee*:
    £24.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    4867 yards
    Par/SSS:
    64 / 64
    Type:
    Links
  • Gailes Golf Leisure

    Heathland, 9 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Irvine
    Weekday green fee*:
    £18.00
    Holes:
    9
    Length:
    4445 yards
    Par/SSS:
    66 / 62
    Type:
    Heathland
  • Gailes Links

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Irvine
    Weekday green fee*:
    £100.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6903 yards
    Par/SSS:
    71 / 74
    Type:
    Links
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    Links, 9 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Troon
    Weekday green fee*:
    £30.00
    Holes:
    9
    Length:
    5512 yards
    Par/SSS:
    68 / 68
    Type:
    Links
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    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Troon
    Weekday green fee*:
    £37.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6822 yards
    Par/SSS:
    74 / 73
    Type:
    Links
  • Prestwick

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Prestwick
    Weekday green fee*:
    £185.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6908 yards
    Par/SSS:
    71 / 74
    Type:
    Links
  • Prestwick St Cuthbert

    Inland, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Prestwick
    Weekday green fee*:
    £38.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6356 yards
    Par/SSS:
    71 / 71
    Type:
    Inland
  • Prestwick St Nicholas

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Prestwick
    Weekday green fee*:
    £75.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6044 yards
    Par/SSS:
    69 / 69
    Type:
    Links
  • Region:
    West
    Town:
    Troon
    Weekday green fee*:
    £85.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6349 yards
    Par/SSS:
    72 / 71
    Type:
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    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Irvine
    Weekday green fee*:
    £175.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    7014 yards
    Par/SSS:
    71 / 75
    Type:
    Links