Royal Troon (Old)
Royal Troon Golf Club is a links golf course in Scotland, located in Troon, South Ayrshire. The club was founded 138 years ago in 1878, initially with five holes. George Strath was appointed in 1881 as the club’s first golf professional. The club was granted its “Royal” accolade in 1978, during its centennial. Its Old Course is 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 four-hole aggregate 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 is the championship layout at Troon; its second course, the Portland, was designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie and 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.