Troon Links - Darley
The first Troon Municipal Darley Golf Course dates from about 1910, though the current one, with its original bogey par of 71 opened June 9, 1951.
Troon Links - Darley plays shorter than Lochgreen, meaning a tight round of golf with heather and gorse clogging the edges of several fairways, and an easy enough start makes the tests between the fifth and 15th holes all the more frustrating.
Shoot straight on Troon Links - Darley, as, in addition to the heather and gorse, there's plenty of whin.
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Course condition was dry but full of rabbit holes. Need to be wary of footing due to amount of rabbit holes on each and every fairway.
Greens great condition along with firmness of fairways.
Good value for money but I’d even say dangerous in places.
We were 2 ladies playing the Darley course on a Saturday morning. The speed of play was slightly slow at times but we managed our round in 3.5 hours . Some very long holes but fairways and greens were in excellent condition. There were also some tricky holes , one par 3 in particular but overall a great experience and will definitely return soon .
This could be amazing!
Such a great layout with very good greens! Come on council sort all the rabbit holes and tees!! This has been the same for the 32 years I have been coming down to play this course! Garbage around the course has improved but I would make the high school come out once a week with a work party and pick up all the rubbish they throw on the course! This is such a great layout and is an amazing track let down by rabbit holes everywhere, rubbish and dog Shi*te. Love the new club house!! Tees are also a mess!! Lots of work rebuilding bunkers so the are trying but all the tees need dug up and replaced. Love this course and so sad to see it in this condition.
Really Enjoyable Day
First time playing the Darley and had a really enjoyable day. Course layout was excellent with a good mix of holes. Well bunkered especially on the back 9 when the wind got up. A few blind tee shots round the turn. 5th hole an excellent driving hole over gorse bushes to a gorse lined fairway. 9th hole a really good par 3. Starters and pro were really welcoming and the members were the freindliest ive ever met in 30 years playing golf. Couldnt reccomend highly enough!!!!
Love the Darley. Always a great test and in good condition.
What a fantastic day . Course immaculate, like a spring day. What condition the course for 28th December. Can't wait to back try the other 2 courses over the winter period.
Great day at Troon
Went to Troon as my own course in Glasgow was unplayable due to fog and cold temperature (winter greens ) as usual when we arrived at Troon the weather was totally fine no fog and no winter greens and no fairway mats . The course was in good condition for this time of year and the greens were great to putt on . The cantina was good the staff are quick, friendly and efficient and the food is tasty and reasonably priced . Definitely worth a visit at any time of the year . The staff are all very friendly and same in the pro shop . I would highly recommend a trip to Troon to play the Darley or Lochgreen I’ve never played the Fullerton but I’m sure it’s also a good experience .
A trip down Memory Lane
Having played the Troon municipals as a teenager it was nice to reacquaint myself with an old favourite. Benign weather meant that the course was the challenge alone, and there are some holes where tee shot positioning is critical. For a late November day the greens were in excellent condition and pretty fast too. All in all an excellent day's golf that was a credit to the Links management.
Darley has gone downhiill!
I have been playing Darley GC for many years and I was disappointed to see it in the condition it was in yesterday. On first arrival the course looks great with the newly renovated clubhouse, but the first thing that struck us was how empty to car park was. We'd normally be struggling to find a parking space. It seemed like we had the course to our self with no one in front or behind us.
Out on the course, the greens were okay but it was the condition of the fairways that were the big surprise, very patchy and bare in a lot of places. My playing partner and I commented on how few good lies we had on the fairways.
When we last played the course about 6 months ago, it was very tidy and the course condition was great, but yesterday there was rubbish all over the place, dog walkers seemed to be everywhere (we watched one guy with 4 dogs letting them have the run of one of the fairways right at the 4th green).
Overall really disappointed in the condition of one of my favourite courses!
Good test of golf
Excellent day at darly golf course, Tee offs has to be accurate or you will be punished
This course does 2 things....
1 - makes you feel foolish as its very difficult
2 - makes you feel like a tour pro with 1 good shot.
Its a course you will rarely to never find in bad condition. Greens are superb.
Staff are great and welcoming. Members always help rather than criticise. Id pay to play here anytime
Really enjoyed this round, first time I have played this but would play again. The set up and hospitality were first class and despite some adverse weather late in the round, really enjoyed this experience
TEST YOUR SKILL
Great course in every way.
Challenging to say the least. 4th hardest course in Scotland to play to handicap.
Every hole is different and a great links layout.
Superb condition considering the time of year.
A credit to the green keepers.
This is a true test of links golf with tight, Gorse lined, undulating fairways,
At a fraction of the price you would pay at the so called big named clubs on the Ayrshire course.
10/10 value for money and quality.
Played the Darley on 2nd of Jan in good weather conditions . It was raining all the way down from Glasgow but by the time we got to Troon the rain had halted ,although it was a bit breezy. A quick coffee and roll and sausage served by the helpful friendly staff in the cantina and then on to the course. The course had full greens on and was in really good condition for the time of year . A bit of run on the fairways and the greens ran pretty fast . All in all a worthwhile experience especially as most of the Glasgow courses will be waterlogged or closed or on winter greens and fairway mats . Cost £20 . Next year I will take out the winter membership deal I think !
Great winter day out
Course is in excellent condition for time of year. Revamped facilities are lovely and food was very good.
Played here because my course in Glasgow was iced over and unplayable . Drove down from Glasgow 35/40 mins and couldn’t believe how mild it was and the great condition of all the courses at Troon . The Darley was on full greens , Lochgreen had 2 temporary greens . £21.00 quid each for a great course no fairway mats and full greens ! Superb . The staff at reception and in the busy cafeteria were all pleasant and helpful and it beats Xmas shopping hands down ;)
Excellent course, excellent condition
Although I live locally, this is the first time I've played this course. For this time of year the course was in immaculate condition. It was a tough course to play, but enjoyable none the less. Will definitely be back soon.