The Postage Stamp 8th hole at Royal Troon Golf Club

Royal Troon Golf Club

Royal Troon, one of the top golf courses in Scotland if not the world, was originally a 5-hole golf course that was founded in 1878 by local enthusiasts after a meeting in a pub.

George Strath, the Club Professional at that time, was the original course designer with extensions and modifications having been carried out since then by both Willie Fernie and James Braid.

Troon, located on the west coast of Scotland overlooking the Firth of Clyde, is one of 3 past and present host courses of the Open Championship in this area with the others being Prestwick Golf Club which held the first Open Championship in 1860 (but no longer a current venue) and Turnberry Ailsa Course.

The Open Championship was first held here in 1923 and has hosted it on 8 occasions.

Royal Troon appears to be favoured by players from the USA who have been victorious there on the last 6 occasions.

Known as a stern test of golf, the inward 9 holes at Troon are held to be as demanding a test of any course that hosts the Open Championship, making it essential to score well on the outward 9 holes.

A truly magnificent golf course, which offers a warm welcome to visitors around the globe, Royal Troon should be a must course for inclusion in Scotland Golf Tours.