Troon Links has been the envy of may councils across Scotland as they are easily some of the best pubic courses that can be found anywhere in The Home of Golf.
With three completely different tests there is a great mixture of Links, parkland, short and long holes in the heart of Troon.
First up is the Darley, probably the most difficult of the three measuring 6308 yards with a par of 71. Don't let this full you as it is both narrow and surrounded by heavy links gorse throughout and requires good golf to play to your handicap.
The 6th and 7th are classic links holes with undulations, gorse, and well protected small greens waiting to punish any misfired 2nd shots.
Moving on to Lochgreen which is a great mixture of Links and parkland, parts of the Lochgreen course run adjacent to Royal Troon and you gain a great sense of how much a golfing town Troon is as the course mingles with local residential areas.
Jack Nicklaus qualified for his first ever Open at Lochgreen, he even found it a stern test shooting 78 on one of the qualifying days. Measuring 500 yards longer than the Darley but playing to a par 74, the Lochgreen offers a slightly more forgiving round of golf and one that is certainly not be missed on any Ayrshire golf trip.
The last of the three courses at Troon Links is the delightful Fullarton course, measuring only 4687 yards and a par 64.
Fullarton is perfect for the shorter hitter, ladies and juniors but many golfers love playing the course to sharpen up there short game, as the course is short and provides lots of shots under 80 yards.
A perfect course for family fun, providing an easier challenge for all.
Troon links offer some fantastic packages to play the courses including the Mini Links Experience and the Troon Links experience where you can play 3 great courses for under £60!
Be sure to check out Troon Links website for more information here
Next up we take a look at Barassie Links on the outskirts of Troon.......