Troon, Ayrshire KA10 6EP
18 holes. Links course. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.
Above distances are for the Portland course. Also at Royal Troon is the 18-hole Old course (par-71; 7208 yards).
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 (Portland course): Laid out on the landward side of Royal Troon's world-renowned Old Course, the Portland is a fine links golf course in its own right. Bounded to the south by the Old course and to the north by the Troon-Ayr single-track railway, the Portland is a tad flatter and more compact than the Old course. Like its grander sibling, several holes are lined with a scattering of gorse bushes, while unforgiving fescues lie in wait beyond the not overly wide fairways.
Three short par-5s and a couple of short par-4s provide the best scoring opportunities. However, these are balanced by several longer and more testing par 4s, not least the two opening holes, both with out of bounds on the left. The five par-3s are delightful. All are well-bunkered with smallish greens demanding accurate iron-play if par or better is to be recorded. Where better to prepare for the Old course's infamous "Postage Stamp" par-3 8th hole.
The quality of greens, tees and bunkering on the Portland course are up their with its more illustrious neighbour. You'll get the chance to compare and contrast the two layouts; for most of the year the Royal Troon visitor fee covers a round on both the Old and Portland courses.
Visitors welcome on Mon, Tues and Thur; limited availability on some Sundays.
Must book in advance. Handicap required
Credit cards accepted (not Amex or Diners). Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, day tickets, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course. Caddies available if requested in advance.
Royal Troon's Portland course was established in 1895 as a "relief" course to the Old course, which was becoming overly busy by the 1890's. The name was only changed from Relief Course to Portland Course in 1924.
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.
2019 Golf World rating: 99th best course in Scotland.
Crosbie Road, Troon, Ayrshire KA10 6HE
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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.
Royal Troon (Old and Portland courses)
Prestwick; Prestwick St Nicholas; Kilmarnock Barassie
Dundonald; Western Gailes; Glasgow Gailes; Irvine; West Kilbride; Belleisle
Monktonhill Road, Southwood nr Troon KA10 7EN
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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.
Royal Troon (Old and Portland courses); Prestwick; Prestwick St Nicholas; Kilmarnock Barassie
Dundonald; Western Gailes; Glasgow Gailes; Irvine (Bogside); West Kilbride; Belleisle; Turnberry (25 miles).
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