TROON GOLF CLUB
Consistently ranked as one of the World's best links courses, Royal Troon
was created by the hand of Willie Fernie, one of the great early British
golfers in 1878. Frequent host to the British Open, perhaps the most apt
description of the course is provided by the club motto "Tam
Arte Quam Marte", which means "as much by skill as by
relative latecomer to the Open Championship circuit, Troon has hosted
the famous championship seven times, the most recent of which was when
Justin Leonard triumphed in 1997. The aura of history at Troon is matched
by its list of champions Bobby Locke, Arnold Palmer, Tom Weiskopf,
Tom Watson and Mark Calcavecchia - each one a legend and a worthy match
for this superb venue.
links course in every respect, the golfer is eased into the challenge
with each hole appearing to get progressively tougher. Narrow fairways
lined with trouble make tee shots critical, its bunkers are punishing
and Troon's small greens require touch and imagination. Running straight
out and back along the coast, Troon often changes dramatically from front
nine to back. As those who witnessed the fish floundering on the 4th
green during the 1952 Home International will testify, when that prevailing
wind blows, it really does blow.
many superb holes, there can be little argument about Troon's most famous
hole. At 126 yards, the par 3 eighth "The Postage Stamp"
may be the shortest hole in British Open golf but it has certainly notched
up its fair share of victims.
trapped green is conducive to the golfing equivalent of Ping-Pong and
has borne witness to a triple bogey by Tiger Woods in 1997 and an amazing
15 by a certain Open contender in 1950. Perhaps fittingly though, the
great Gene Sarazen did manage a hole in one here on the 50th
anniversary of his first appearance in the Championship.
Hotel (2 minutes), Piersland
House Hotel (2 minutes), Lochgreen
House Hotel (5 minutes), Highgrove
House Hotel (15 minutes), Turnberry
Hotel (40 minutes)