Royal Troon - Old Course

Willie Fernie


This fabulous course is undulating in the classic links fashion with danger lurking in the guise of wind, rough and bunkers. This is a course which demands courage and a test of the mental aspects of golf. The Course record of 64 is held by Greg Norman from the 1989 Open.

Royal Troon is home to one of the best links courses on the west side of Scotland and is steeped in golfing history, notably several dramatic Open Championships since 1923. The Open was won by Todd Hamilton when last held here in 2004. The club was awarded its Royal Charter in 1978 to celebrate it's centenary. Created in combination with the best of links course ingredients and the expertise of Braid, McKenzie and Pennick, the Old course is an exceptionally demanding one and recognised as one of the sternest tests on the Open Championship rota. This course is perhaps most famous for its par 3 8th hole, the Postage Stamp, where veteran major champion Gene Sarazen got down in 1 and 2 on subsequent rounds of the 1973 Open Championship - a dramatic display of golf watched by millions on TV. Visitors must have a handicap of 20 or less and a handicap certificate and letter of introduction to prove it.

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