Royal Troon Golf Club
Royal Troon in October 2005
|Location||Troon, South Ayrshire, Scotland|
|Tournaments hosted||The Open Championship,
Senior British Open
|Length||7,175 yards (6,561 m)|
|Length||6,289 yards (5,751 m)|
|Length||1,191 yards (1,089 m)|
Royal Troon Golf Club is a links golf course located in Troon, South Ayrshire, Scotland. The club was founded in 1878, initially with five holes. The club was granted its "Royal" accolade in 1978. Its Old Course is now one of the host courses for The Open Championship, one of the major championships on the PGA Tour and European Tour. The Club has hosted the Open eight times, last in 2004, won by Todd Hamilton in a 4-hole playoff against Ernie Els. It is scheduled to host again in 2016.
Past Open champions at Royal Troon include Justin Leonard, Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Watson, Tom Weiskopf, Arnold Palmer, Bobby Locke, and Arthur Havers. The last six Opens at Troon have been won by Americans.
Royal Troon is home to both the longest and shortest holes in Open Championship golf. The par-3 8th hole ("Postage Stamp") measures a short 123 yards (112 m) and is regarded as one of the top holes in the world, while the par-5 6th ("Turnberry") extends to 601 yards (550 m).
The Old Course
The Old Course is the championship layout at Troon. The Club has a second course, the Portland, designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie, which is also of very high standard. The Club is private; guests are allowed at certain times, under advance booking, with a handicap certificate establishing proficiency.
The Old Course has four tees – "Ladies", "Short", "Medal" and "Championship".
|2||Black Rock||391||4||11||The Railway||490||4|
Lengths of the course for previous Opens (since 1950):
The Open Championship
The Open Championship has been held at Troon on eight occasions:
|1950||Bobby Locke 2nd||69||72||70||68||279 (–1)||300|
|1962||Arnold Palmer 2nd||71||69||67||69||276 (–12)||1,400|
|1973||Tom Weiskopf||68||67||71||70||276 (–12)||5,500|
|1982||Tom Watson 4th||69||71||74||70||284 (–4)||32,000|
|1989||Mark Calcavecchia||71||68||68||68||275 (–13)PO||80,000|
|1997||Justin Leonard||69||66||72||65||272 (–12)||250,000|
|2004||Todd Hamilton||71||67||67||69||274 (–10)PO||720,000|
|2016||scheduled, July 21–24 |
- Note: For multiple winners of The Open Championship, superscript ordinal identifies which in their respective careers.
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