Royal Troon Golf Club - The Old Course

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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 7208
Slope 0
Rating 0.0
Type Private
The Troon Golf Club sprung up way back in 1878 and quickly attracted golfers from all over to the Old Course, then the new golf course, of course, which still provides a real golf exam. The Old Course at Royal Troon Golf Club ranks among Scotland's top links golf courses and provides real challenges with its winds and lush rough, its gorse and its broom, requiring straight and sure shooting. Start strong on the Old Course at Royal Troon Golf Club because the back nine gets tough when you're golfing into the northwesterly winds.
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Royal Troon Golf Club - The Old Course
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship/Blue 71 7208 yards
White 71 6632 yards
Yellow 71 6170 yards
Ladies/Red 75 6108 yards
Scorecard for Old Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 73.9/129 370 391 379 555 210 601 405 123 422 3456 452 483 429 473 178 502 553 218 464 3752 7208
White M: 72.1/121 357 381 371 522 194 544 381 123 387 3260 385 421 427 411 175 436 533 210 374 3372 6632
Yellow M: 69.7/119 348 369 366 476 183 518 354 114 375 3103 367 357 377 382 167 402 504 167 344 3067 6170
Red W: 74.7/127 346 365 360 476 134 508 348 118 370 3025 360 417 368 377 171 398 495 166 331 3083 6108
Handicap 16 7 11 4 14 2 9 18 5 10 1 6 12 15 3 8 13 17
Par 4 4 4 5 3 5 4 3 4 36 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 35 71

Course Details

Year Built 1878
Architect Willie Fernie (1888) James Braid (1923)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Delta
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Jeans, tee-shirts, training or sports shoes and shorts are not permitted in the Clubhouse or on the Courses.

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4.8
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The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 3
Dinner 2
19th Hole Scenic Views 1
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 5
Thick Rough 5
Narrow Fairways 4
This course/club is great for:
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 5
Advanced Golfers 4
Walkers 4
This Course's Location is:
Near Local Attractions 2
Worth the Drive 2
Convenient to the City 1
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Monday After The Open

I was lucky to have a 7:00 am tee time the day after Henrik Stenson won The Open in an epic duel with Phil Mickelson. I was anxious to not only play the course but walk in the footsteps of great winners at Troon. The experience did not dissapoint. This course offers a variety of holes. Yes, some are difficult as in holes 10 & 11 but there are holes you can score on. I can't say enough about the postage stamp par 3. It's refreshing to play a par 3 that is short but difficult. I missed my 15 foot birdie putt there. The clubhouse experience is not modern but why would you expect that at Royal Troon. This a great test of Scottish links that I would recommend if you have the opportunity.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Royal Troon: Home to two of the world's best holes

Royal Troon doesn't get the love of other Open venues, but it does have this going for it: Two of the best holes in the world. Not just Scotland, the world.

The "Postage Stamp" - the par-3 eighth hole - plays less than 130 yards, but the target is so darn small that nobody swings with confidence. Everybody fears failure when they step onto the tee box.

The par-4 11th is even scarier. When I played Royal Troon in 2013, all I saw was gorse lining a narrow passage through a sea of yellow. The recent redesign leading up to this tournament was supposed to clear out some gorse, but I'm curious to see how much and how players will react to the changes.

The rest of the holes are solid, if somewhat unspectacular. The dunes aren't that high and the sea views aren't as stunning as they are at Trump Turnberry down the road. Even so, don't let that deter you from scheduling this classic on any golf trip to Ayrshire.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Bring your A game

For some reason people refuse to take caddies when visiting Scotland, and sometimes you can get away with it, but this is not the course to play for the first time without a caddy to guide you around. It's not just club selection, you can take a wrong turn and miss 6 holes in a heartbeat. The course is relatively flat and featureless so you can`t just assume you`ll find your way around. Hard bouncing fairways and nasty, well positioned pot bunkers make this a challenging course. The people with me didn't take a caddy and they had a lost look in their eyes after a few holes. One guy even teed up his ball facing the wrong direction. Wouldn`t believe it when my caddy pointed him towards the correct fairway. Didn`t have my best round of golf but you have to love playing a course you know has seen the greats of golf, people who have cursed that same perfectly place (and hidden) bunker. On the Postage Stamp, I hit a good shot, and my caddy said ``great shot`` like he really meant it. The shot disappeared over the mound, reappeared rolling towards the pin, hit the stick and rolled away to 5 ft. I then proceeded to 3 put! Gotta love links golf and this place is a prime example. Top 10 definitely.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Excellent weather

Beautiful, thick and unyielding native grasses anticipate a careless shot

Americans have a certain affinity for Royal Troon, if judged by their proficiency in Open Championships held there. The Open has been hosted by Royal Troon on eight occasions and won by Americans the last six times (Palmer, Weiskopf, Watson, Calcavecchia, Leonard and Hamilton). Traditional links are designed “out and back,” meaning that the farthest point from the clubhouse is the 9th green, then one battles their way “home.” Due to a predominantly northwesterly wind, never is that more true than at Troon. A manageable series of par 4 holes define your start. The par 3, 123 yard, 8th hole, known as the “postage stamp” is one of golf’s special joys (Gene Sarazen made an ace there in the 1973 Open at age 71, fifty-years after competing in Troon’s first Open in 1923). The back nine will test the resolve of even the most ardent as evidenced by the 490 yard, par 4, 11th hole where the railway on the right side of the hole awaits to derail your efforts. Beautiful, thick and unyielding native grasses anticipate a careless shot. In another interesting piece of trivia, Royal Troon, which was granted Royal patronage in 1978, is the first (and as yet, the only) course to be granted such under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Good weather

It's in the British Open rota...enough said

Royal Troon isn't known as one of the best courses on the British Open rota, but, to me, it's wildly underrated. It's solid. For starters, I love the layout - 9 holes straight out, 9 holes straight back. I've played there twice now with a member friend and really have come to appreciate the character of the course. Watch out for the Coffin Bunker on the par-3 eighth hole, which is called the Postage Stamp. If you find it, you'll be lucky to make 4. And, yes, since my last name is Coffin, I have a photo of me planted firmly in the middle of it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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