Having recently played Royal Troon, host of this year’s Open Championship, I feel like I should have inside knowledge about what to expect. Truth be told, I’m as clueless as ever, but that won’t stop me from making some fearless predictions. So without further adieu, here they are.
“Tam Arte Quam Marte” is the motto for Royal Troon Golf Club. “As much by skill as by strength.” It’s an appropriate motto for the host of the 2016 Open Championship. Troon is not a course that favors the bombers. It’s a relatively straightforward links that rewards the player who can find the middle of the fairway and the middle of the green, then drain some putts.
I had the pleasure of playing Troon last month, just one month before the Open. It was a phenomenal experience. The course was in great shape and, although it’s not the most interesting layout, it is still a great challenge, both for weekend golfers like me, and for the tour pros.
Here are my thoughts about Troon, which I hope gives readers some insight about the course before the Open, and also if they ever plan to venture over to Scotland for a round.