Royal Troon Hole by Hole Guide
Royal Troon will host the 145th edition of the Open Championship from 14th to 17th July 2016. We have taken a look at each hole at this famous old course to give you an idea of how the 7,175 yard, par 71 course might play and it is sure to be a handy tool when you are considering the odds and betting markets for this year's British Open.
Royal Troon Old Course Scorecard
Total: 7175 yards - Par 71
2016 British Open Hole by Hole Guide
Hole 1 - Seal - 370 yards par 4
The opening hole earned its name some 100 years ago as players can see seals basking on the reef here and it is still the case today as the Chain Of Rocks named Seal are only a few yards away.
It is a relatively straightforward start here as players drive straight or to the right to avoid the bunkers that guard the left of the fairway and from there is a lifted iron to the green, which protected by bunkers on the left and right.
Hole 2 - Black Rock - 391 yards par 4
Like the opening par 4, the second hold isn't particularly long but an accurate drive to the left is key here to avoid the fairway bunkers, while care is needed to find the well guarded bunkers.
Hole 3 - Gyaws - 379 yards par 4
Another short par 4, the Gyaws - an old Scottish word for furrow or a drain - puts a premium on accuracy off the tee as bunkers guard the left side of the fairway. The green slopes away so a firm shot will be needed here.
Hole 4 - Dunure - 555 yards par 5
The first par 5 of the course is a dog-leg to the right and a deep bunker positioned on the right adds danger to those looking for short cuts. The second shot will be all about finding the best position for the two-tiered green.
Hole 5 - Greenan - 210 yards par 3
The Greenan is named after the old Kennedy Castle ruin just south of Ayr and it is the first par 4 of the course. A long iron hot carries on to the green but there are dangers thanks to the winds blowing off the beach, as well as the bunkers to the left, front and right of the green.
Hole 6 - Turnberry - 601 yards par 5
Turnberry is the longest hole in Open Championship golf and an accurate tee shot is needed to avoid the bunkers to the left and right of the fairway. The second shot should be aimed left to avoid the bunker which should offer perfect position for a soft pitch to a narrow green.
Hole 7 - Tel-El-Kebir - 405 yards par 4
A picturesque hole, the seventh plays from an elevated tee and the fairway dog-legs sharply right. Any hooked drive will be punished by the bunkers on the left and the greens are riddled with traps between two sandhills.
Hole 8 - Postage Stamp - 123 yards par 3
Originally called Ailsa, the Posta Stamp is the shortest hole in Open Championship golf and thee is on high ground before a dropping shot is played over a gully to a narrow green. Two bunkers protect the left of the green, with a further banker shields the approach. It may be short but it is a proper test.
Hole 9 - The Monk - 422 yards par 4
The final hole of the front nine, The Monk is straightforward enough off the tee but a mid-iron approach is required to hit an elevated two-tier green.
Hole 10 - Sandhills - 452 yards par 4
The tee shot from the Championship tee is a difficult one into a prevailing wind with horse on the right of the fairway and a gully on the left. To reach the green in two shots is a stiff task with an iron to a plateau green in the side of a hill.
Hole 11 - The Railway - 483 yards par4
One of the toughest holes in world golf, the railway runs parallel to the hole on the right which is covered in thick horse. Another second long shot is required and it was rated the most difficult hole at the 1997 Open.
Hole 12 - The Fox - 429 yards par 4
Only the odd fox will be seen here nowadays, but a tee-shot left of centre is required to avoid the rough on the right, while the second shot will aim for a two-tiered green that falls to the left and is protected by a bunker on the right.
Hole 13 - Burmah - 472 yards par 4
Another taxing hole, the Burmah features an undulating fairway and a second shot to an elevated green.
Hole 14 - Alton - 178 yards par 3
The second-shortest hole on the course, bunkers to the left and right offer a narrow passage to the green so the aim is to hit a strong shot into the middle of the green here.
Hole 15 - Crosbie - 502 yards par 4
The first of four testing holes to the finish, the drive should aim for the left of the fairway which in turn will open up a second shot to the flat green. The second shot will need to be accurate as the hole is well bunkered.
Hole 16 - Well - 553 yards par 5
The longest hole on the back-nine, the 16th is played to a flat fairway and a second shot should aim to the left, which will offer the best route to a well-protected green.
Hole 17 - Rabbit - 218 yards par 3
The most difficult par 3 on the course, the Rabbit may require a driver off the tee depending on how the wind blows and finding the green is a real test as it falls sharply on both sides. It is well guarded by bunkers and caddies will earn their corn here.
Hole 18 - Craigend - 464 yards par 4
The course concludes with the Craigend where a straight drive down the centre is the aim of the game to avoid bunkers on the left and right. The green lies right in front of the clubhouse and it is well protected with bunkers on the left and two more on the right, while the path at the rear of the green is out of bounds.