The Portland Course at Royal Troon is a class second golf course on the complex. Originally designed William Fernie and has since had the magic touch of a redesign by Dr. Alister MacKenzie in the early 1920s.
Although a typical Links course, The Portland is more enclosed and less exposed to the elements as its Open Championship sibling.
The Portland is made up of two loops of nine holes. On the scorecard, this wonderful links course may seem easy enough, with a front nine just holding a Par of 35 the back 9 holes provide the tougher test of the two loops.
The Course is a very pretty one with the beauty and scent of the gorse bushes, which line the majority of the golf holes on Portland.
The Quality of the tees, greens and bunkering is right up there and comparable to the Old Course and is an entirely enjoyable round of golf.
The 5 Par 3’s on the course make for an interesting challenge and the 8th Hole “Gravel” is a stunning little hole where finding the dancefloor is all but essential. The hole only plays just over 140 yards from the back tees, but stray away from the target and thick heavy gorse and some well-protected bunkers will turn a birdie opportunity into a disaster.
Of course, The Portland course will somewhat always be overshadowed by the Championship Links of the Old Course, however if you are looking for a true hidden gem that we feel could be one of the most underrated golf courses in Scotland, Then the Portland Course could be it.
Being able to play a golf course that has two infamous course architects responsible for the layout at such a great price is just unheard of. We believe that the Portland course at Royal Troon should certainly feature in any tour of Aryshire and we urge you to try for yourself.
The 11th hole is the first of the par 5’s on the inward nine. Treat this hole with respect. Make sure that your drive avoids the fairway bunkers right and left of the fairway as they will make this a tough test if found. The second shot is a dogleg down to undulating green and guarded by the greenside bunkers.