Royal Troon Golf Club

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Royal Troon Golf Club
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Royal Troon in October 2005
Club information
Location Troon, South Ayrshire, Scotland
Established 1878
Type Private
Total holes 45
Tournaments hosted The Open Championship,
The Amateur,
Senior British Open
Website royaltroon.co.uk
Old Course
Par 71
Length 7,175 yards (6,561 m)
Course rating 75
Portland Course
Par 71
Length 6,289 yards (5,751 m)
Course rating 71
Craigend Course
Par 27
Length 1,191 yards (1,089 m)
Royal Troon is located in Scotland
Royal Troon
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Location in Scotland
Troon is located in South Ayrshire
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Location in South Ayrshire, Scotland

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[edit]

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".

Layout[edit]

2004 Open Championship

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Seal 370 4 10 Sandhills 438 4
2 Black Rock 391 4 11 The Railway 490 4
3 Gyaws 379 4 12 The Fox 431 4
4 Dunure 560 5 13 Burmah 472 4
5 Greenan 210 3 14 Alton 178 3
6 Turnberry 601 5 15 Crosbie 483 4
7 Tel-el-Kebir 405 4 16 Well 542 5
8 Postage Stamp 123 3 17 Rabbit 222 3
9 The Monk 423 4 18 Craigend 457 4
Out 3,462 36 In 3,713 35
Total 7,175 71

Source:[1]

Lengths of the course for previous Opens (since 1950):[2]

  • 1997: 7,079 yards (6,473 m), par 71
  • 1989: 7,067 yards (6,462 m), par 72
  • 1982: 7,067 yards (6,462 m), par 72
  • 1973: 7,064 yards (6,459 m), par 72
  • 1962: 7,045 yards (6,442 m), par 72
  • 1950: 6,583 yards (6,019 m), par 70

The Open Championship[edit]

The Open Championship has been held at Troon on eight occasions:

Year Winner Score Winner's
share (£)
R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1923 England Arthur Havers 73 73 73 76 295 75
1950 South Africa Bobby Locke 2nd 69 72 70 68 279  (–1) 300
1962 United States Arnold Palmer 2nd 71 69 67 69 276 (–12) 1,400
1973 United States Tom Weiskopf 68 67 71 70 276 (–12) 5,500
1982 United States Tom Watson 4th 69 71 74 70 284  (–4) 32,000
1989 United States Mark Calcavecchia 71 68 68 68 275 (–13)PO 80,000
1997 United States Justin Leonard 69 66 72 65 272 (–12) 250,000
2004 United States Todd Hamilton 71 67 67 69 274 (–10)PO 720,000
2016 scheduled, July 21–24 [3]
  • Note: For multiple winners of The Open Championship, superscript ordinal identifies which in their respective careers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The holes of Royal Troon". The Florida Times-Union. 14 July 2004. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 203. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Royal Troon to host 2016 Open Championship". The Open Championship. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°31′55″N 4°39′00″W / 55.532°N 4.65°W / 55.532; -4.65