Royal Troon


Royal Troon Golf Club, Troon, Ayrshire

Founded 1878. Links Course

One of the world’s finest links courses, Royal Troon boasts two 18-hole links layouts, the Portland Course and the Old Course but it is the latter which sends tingles up the spine of golfers everywhere. The Old Course boasts a championship length of 7,200 yards but the medal tees at 6,632 yards provide a more than sufficient test for mere mortals. With the wind to contend with and deep rough interspersed with copious amounts of gorse, accurate shot making is essential with good scores made on the front-nine. Royal Troon has hosted the Open Championship on nine occasions to date, the most recent of which was in 2016. It’s list of champions is impressive and includes Arnold Palmer, Tom Weiskopf, Tom Watson, Justin Leonard and Henrik Stenson.

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Sightseeing & Tourist Attractions in Scotland

Great golf is only part of the story when considering what makes the perfect golf trip. Thankfully, the other essential component parts are all found in abundance in Scotland, not least in the sights to see department. Whether scheduling a day off from golf or filling an afternoon after your morning round, there are many options regardless of which region you are visiting. The below is intended as a very general guide to sightseeing in the Ayrshire region.


Playing golf in Ayrshire is likely to see you staying no further south than Turnberry, from where some of the nearby attractions include the impressive ruins of Caerlaverock Castle near Dumfries and Dundrennan Abbey near Kirkcudbright. Only ten minutes from Turnberry is Culzean Castle & Country Park (above) and this is well worth a visit when travelling to or from Turnberry.

And while you are likely to be far too busy playing great golf courses like Turnberry, Royal Troon, Prestwick and Western Gailes, other attractions north of Turnberry in the Troon area include Dundonald Castle & Visitor Centre in Dundonald Village, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Souter Johnnies Cottage in Kirkoswald and Dean Castle Country Park in Kilmarnock.

You may not actually stay in Glasgow during your trip but there are plenty of sightseeing options including a visit to 13th century Bothwell Castle about ten miles southeast of Glasgow and the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. The many museums in or near Glasgow include the impressive Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride, which provides an insight into rural life in Scotland in times past. If you are looking for a distillery in the area, Glengoyne Distillery, about 14 miles north of Glasgow is an excellent option.