Royal Troon Golf Club
The Open Championship is heading back to Royal Troon. The Ayrshire course will host the tournament in 2016, 12 years after it was last held there. Royal Troon has hosted the event eight times, the last back in 2004, when the unheralded Todd Hamilton beat Ernie Els in a play-off to claim the Claret Jug.
One of the great links courses in Scotland, 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. Try the Royal Troon golf course for yourself and see what real championship golf is all about.
Although a links course, the Portland is a little more sheltered than the Old Course and, of course, shorter. The holes meander through terrain filled with gorse and broom and has a generous helping of Par 3's, five in all. This is tempered however, with four Par 5's, all of which are on the back nine.