Courses near Royal Troon
Home of a top modern links, it opened in 2003 and was the handiwork of Kyle Phillips. Looks – and plays – as if it’s been around for a century.
Green fees: £50-£95.
Contact: 01294 314000.
It’s steeped in history and tradition and is in fact where it all started – Prestwick, thanks to Old Tom Morris, staged the first dozen Opens from 1860, and has held 24 in all.
Green fees: £150 midweek, £175 weekends.
Contact: 01292 477404.
Overshadowed by its bigger brother, the Portland is a genuine links and very similar in style to the Old, though a little shorter and more forgiving.
Green fees: £205, includes round on the Championship course.
Contact: 01292 311555.
A public and highly popular links and though not as long as the nearby Lochgreen course, it is a tough test of golf, demanding accurate drives.
Green fees: £28.
Contact: 01292 312464.