Royal Troon Golf Club shall host The 152nd Open in 2023, marking 100 years since its first occasion hosting The Open, sometimes referred to as The British Open or The Open Championship. The 152nd Open will be played at Royal Troon from July 16-23, 2023.
It was Arthur Havers who was Champion Golfer of the Year in 1923, edging Walter Hagen by just one stroke. The 152nd Open is the tenth time that golf’s original championship has been played over the famous Ayrshire links. The Open was last held at Royal Troon in 2016 when Henrik Stenson carded an impressive final round 63 to edge Phil Mickelson in an exciting duel and win The Open with a record 20-under-par total of 264.
Found five miles north of Prestwick on Scotland’s west coast, the club was founded in 1878. In 1978 it was the last club in Great Britain to be granted Royal status.
Royal Troon is a traditional out and back links layout opening with a relatively relaxing series of short par fours along the Firth of Clyde where a clear day will reveal Ailsa Craig to the south and majestic mountains on the Isle of Arran to the west. Good rounds are typically born on the outbound loop as the prevailing north-westerly wind can make the return extremely difficult.
Royal Troon lays claim to both the longest and the shortest holes in the Open Rota – the Postage Stamp No. 8 at 123 yards and “Turnberry” No. 6 at 601 yards. Impressive history was made in the 1973 Open when Gene Sarazen at the age of 71 aced No. 8 then holed his sand shot the following day for a 2! It was quite a conclusion to The Squire’s Open career given he had played in Royal Troon’s inaugural Championship in 1923.