Photo of Royal Troon Golf Club (Old Course)

Royal Troon Golf Club

Craigend Road,

Troon, Ayrshire KA10 6EP

  • Office

    +44 (0)1292 311 555
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1292 310 063
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1292 318 204
  • Golf pro

    Kieron G. Stevenson (Head Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    Willie Fernie

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7208
6170
6108
Par
71
71
75
SSS or slope
75
71
77

At the same location:

Above distances are for the Old course. Also at Royal Troon is the 18-hole Portland course (par-71, 6,289 yds from back tees).

Location

Latitude:

55.532328

Longitude:

-4.650912

How to get there:

6 miles N of Ayr

From the A78 south-east of Troon, follow direction Prestwick Airport on the A79. After o.2 miles turn right onto the B749 direction Troon. After 2 miles turn left into Crosbie Road. After 100 yards turn right into golf.

Royal Troon Golf Club (Old Course)

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.

Est. 1878

Royal Troon Golf Club (Old Course): These revered links lay down one of the world's finest tests of seaside golf. Troon's out-and-back layout might appear a little benign as you look out from the first tee alongside the attractive single-storey clubhouse, but first impressions can be deceptive. The links here hide a tremendous variety of golfing challenges. Many holes, it is said, are "as full of wickedness as they are of beauty." And most wicked of them all is the infamous par-3 8th, better known as the Postage Stamp.

The opening and closing stretches on Royal Troon's Old course are characterised by subtle rather than prodigious elevation changes. Greater undulation is found in the layout's middle section and around the turn, where gorse bushes as well as long wispy fescues make their presence felt. Superb revetted bunkering and fast true greens are clear indicators of the high-quality greenkeeping both courses at Royal Troon receive.

Magnifying the pleasures of your round at Royal Troon are glorious views out across the Firth of Clyde, the Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig (to the south). But don't expect every day to be dry, sunny and warm. This fabulous seaside links, with its impeccable pedigree of hosting major championships, is not surprisingly one of the world's most highly regarded golf courses.

Pick of the holes: Among many excellent and testing golf holes, the par-4 11th (Railway) and par-4 12th (Fox) both present testing drives, with gorse bushes lining the fairways to left and right. The par-3 8th is Royal Troon's most famous hole. At less than 125 yards from the back tees it should not set the heart racing, but the "postage stamp" green is surrounded by the scariest collection of grassy mounds, pot bunkers and slick run-offs found on any Open Championship course. Short in length, but huge in reputation, this tiddler of a hole has claimed many a famous scalp.

List of courses: Ayrshire & Arran
  • Photo of Royal Troon Golf Club (Old Course)
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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on Mon, Tues and Thur; limited availability on some Sundays.

Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 20; women 30. Proof of handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (mid-April thru' Sept) on the Old Course £250; on the Portland Course £85. For 36-holes (one round on each course) £290.

Credit cards accepted (not Amex or Diners). Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, day tickets, etc. [Last updated: 2019].

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Caddies available if requested in advance.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

Queen Elizabeth II conferred the Royal prefix on Troon GC in its centenary year (1978). By royal prerogative, 10 Scottish golf clubs use the "Royal" title, namely: Aberdeen, Royal & Ancient (St Andrews), Burgess, Dornoch, Duff House, Montrose, Musselburgh, Perth, Tarlair and Troon.

The club motto is "Tam Arte Quam Marte", which means "as much by skill as by strength".

Royal Troon's Old Course has hosted many top level events including several Open, Senior Open, Amateur and Ladies Amateur Championships. For more details see Major Golf Tournaments at Royal Troon Golf Club.

Published ranking

Old course:
World: 51st best course in the world (GOLF magazine, 2020/21).
GB&I: 22nd best course in Britain & Ireland (Golf World, 2020/21).
Scotland: 10th best course in Scotland (Golf World, 2021).

Where2Stay

  • Marine Hotel4-star

    Crosbie Road, Troon, Ayrshire KA10 6HE

    +44 (0)1292 314 444

    Visit website

    Located alongside the opening and closing holes of Royal Troon, the refurbished Marine Hotel provides excellent quality accommodation, combined with superb sea and golf course views. An ideal base from which to explore the many wonderful and historic golf courses on the Ayrshire coast.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Royal Troon (Old and Portland courses)

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Prestwick; Prestwick St Nicholas; Kilmarnock Barassie

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Dundonald; Western Gailes; Glasgow Gailes; Irvine; West Kilbride; Belleisle

  • Lochgreen House4-star

    Monktonhill Road, Southwood nr Troon KA10 7EN

    +44 (0)1292 313 343

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    This beautiful country house hotel in Troon is set in thirty acres of woodlands and beautifully manicured gardens. Lochgreen House Hotel is also home to an award-winning restaurant, thirty one elegant, spacious en-suite bedrooms and one bedroom lodge house. The Lochgreen Spa offers a unique spa experience with the serenity of a relaxation lounge and calming treatments.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Royal Troon (Old and Portland courses); Prestwick; Prestwick St Nicholas; Kilmarnock Barassie

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Dundonald; Western Gailes; Glasgow Gailes; Irvine (Bogside); West Kilbride; Belleisle; Turnberry (25 miles).

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