10 Current Open Championship Rota Courses – Page 9

Royal Troon – Troon, Scotland


Opens Hosted: 8 (first 1923, last 2016)

Recent Past Champions: Henrik Stenson, Todd Hamilton, Justin Leonard

Year Established: 1878

Par 71: 7,175 yards

Royal Troon took over for neighbor Prestwick Golf Club in the rota after it became a more logical place to stage a championship due to crowd size and logistical issues. Established in 1878, Troon has the traditional links out-and-back set up similar to St. Andrews. When the prevailing winds blow, coming home is always a fight. It also features the famous “postage stamp” par-3 eighth hole. In 2017, Henrik Stenson fended off Phil Mickelson down the stretch in an epic Sunday duel between two veteran heavyweights. 

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