Open Championship Hole By Hole: Royal Troon Course Guide

Royal Troon Golf Club hosts the Open Championship for the ninth time this month.

The course is a traditional links layout on the west coast of Scotland in the town of Troon, just north of Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Ayr.

It was founded in 1878, and by 1880 six holes were up-and-running built by Charlie Hunter who was a former apprentice of Old Tom Morris.

Royal Troon Course Guide

The 123 yards par 3, 8th hole ‘Postage Stamp’ on the Old Course at Royal Troon. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

For the 145th Open Championship the golf course measures 7190-yards and plays as a par-71.

The front nine holes head south away from the clubhouse and the back nine heads back towards it.

The back nine features five par-4s over 450 yards which all play into the prevailing wind, it’s been described as the toughest stretch on the Open rota.

The front nine plays down-wind and the general idea is that a score is built on holes 1-9 and from there on in it’s a case of hanging on for dear life.

Royal Troon Course guide

The tee shot on the 482-yard par 4 11th hole known as ‘The Railway’ on the Old Course at Royal Troon. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

The eighth hole, known a the ‘Postage Stamp’, is one of the world’s most famous golf holes. At 123-yards, the short par-3 plays across wind into a tiny green which is guarded by five pot bunkers.

Another famous hole is 11, ‘The Railway’. The treacherous 482-yard par-4 plays into the wind with the train line all the way down the right.

Royal Troon Golf Club hole by hole guide:

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