Scotland is commonly known as the spiritual home of golf, with the amateur game being established there and some of the most infamous moments in the professional game taking place on Scottish soil. The country boasts pristine greens nestled amongst wild highlands and along dramatic coastlines, with famed links courses such as Turnberry, St. Andrews and, the host of the 145th annual Open Championship in July 2016, the Royal Troon Golf Club.
St. Andrews in Fife is home to the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, one of the oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in the world. This organisation was so well respected within the game that it became formally recognised as one of the governing authorities of the sport and was responsible for codifying the rules of golf into what it is recognised as today.
The Royal Troon Golf Club is located on the windy coast of South Ayrshire and has two challenging courses. The Old Course offers a championship layout where the Open will be played and is home to both the longest and the shortest holes in the Open Championship roster, at 123 yards and 601 yards respectively. The high winds and course’s rough prove to be a challenge for all who play here. Impressively, it has hosted the Open eight times, of which the last six winners have been American. Is this the year to break that run and can Danny Willet or Rory McIlroy replicate their major winning forms?
There is much to do and explore across the breadth and depth of Scotland, from the unmistakable landscapes to the warm welcome of the people. History and culture can be found in spades in Scotland, so don’t miss the opportunity to explore the majestic Edinburgh Castle or take a boat trip to the Isle of Islay and visit the world-famous whiskey distilleries. Turkish Airlines flies daily from Istanbul to Edinburgh, so why not discover some of this bonnie culture for yourself? It’s quick and easy to book flights, just visit us here to book direct.
Image of Royal Troon Golf Club courtesy of John McLachlan
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