One of the great links courses in world golf, the Old Course is a challenging test of golfing ability. With the wind to contend with, and deep rough interspersed with gorse and broom, accurate shot making is essential. Players should make their scores on the outward nine, as the prevailing north-westerly wind can make the back nine extremely difficult.
Founded in 1878 as a five hole golf course, Royal Troon soon moved out of the shadows of its famous neighbour - Old Prestwick, when it held its first Open Championship in 1923.
Troon is a traditional out and in links course with one of its more famous holes recognised as the 'Postage Stamp'.
The Postage Stamp may be one of the shortest holes in championship golf, but it's one of the hardest. At just over 120 yards, this highlight of the round is a mere flick with a wedge, but it's not called the Postage Stamp for nothing – the green is tiny and surrounded by big trouble.
From the early few holes you get the chance to soak up the magical views of the west of Scotland, with views over Isle of Arran, Mull of Kintyre and Argyle & Bute.