Troon (Darley) - Ayrshire & Arran - Scotland

Troon Darley,
Harling Drive,
Troon,
Ayrshire,
KA10 6NE,
Scotland


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  • Gordon McKinlay

South Ayrshire Council, the local authority that Troon comes under, does a marvelous job providing good golf venues for local residents at affordable green fee rates. They have eight courses throughout Ayrshire with Belleisle and Lochgreen marketed as their premier courses.

Lochgreen, Darley and Fullarton are serviced by the same clubhouse in Troon so the starters box outside can be a very busy place in the middle of the summer with members and visiting golfers all reporting for these three courses at the same time.

Ladies, juniors and seniors predominantly use the Fullarton at 4,869 yards. Lochgreen, with a mix of links and parkland, is probably the best of the three courses and, as a matter of fact, it has been used for Open Qualifying before. Jack Nicklaus, no less, qualified for an Open here – by one shot – after scoring 82 and 68!

Nonetheless, locals will tell you the Darley is the most challenging of the three municipal Troon courses due to its many tight fairways that are lined with unforgiving gorse, heather and whins. Terms like “testing” and “strategic” are sometimes used to describe a tough course and both words can justifiably be used in connection with the Darley – it has been reported before to be the fourth most difficult course in the whole of Scotland to play to your handicap.

Don’t, for goodness sake, let that statistic put you off playing here as the Darley is the real deal for links lovers who like their round spiced up by changes in elevation, snaking burns, an abundance of yellow gorse and difficult greens that Donald Ross would be proud of (like the putting surface on the par three 16th hole named “Saucer”).

Many golf societies choose to have an annual away day at the South Ayrshire Council courses in Troon where they can play 36 holes at the one location, combining two of the three courses according to their abilities. What’s the bet that most societies choose the Darley for one or both of their two rounds?

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Description: Challenging, strategic and a true test of golf is how the locals describe the Troon Darley course and it's also tremendous value for money. Rating: 3.9 out of 6 Reviews: 14

The Darley links is one of three courses emanating from the starters office at the Troon Municipal golf complex which is owned, managed and run by South Ayrshire Council.

The words ‘municipal’ and ‘council owned’ would simply deter some people from even considering a round at this course whilst others may head there with some trepidation.

And whilst the course may well indeed find itself down the pecking order of a golfing itinerary in Ayrshire that’s only because the quality of other nearby venues is so high and so deep.

However, the Darley is a very good golf course in its own right and I was extremely impressed with the links on my visit here. The style of course is similar in nature to that of nearby Irvine, Gailes and Kilmarnock – an inland heathland/links hybrid. There’s no view of the sea but the firm and mildly undulating terrain certainly plays like a good old-fashioned links and with deep bunkers, plus an abundance of gorse, the course presents a stern challenge.

Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.

3 / 6
Troon (Darley)
March 16, 2017


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Troon Darley was not full of litter when I played it in 2012. It did have a grumpy group of 4 who did not invite me to play through despite catching up with them on the 3rd tee just as they finished hitting off. I pestered them enough to finally get their reluctant wave and mumbles as I putted out. The course is a beauty for 20 or 30 quid or whatever. I think I did the 3 muni’s for 57pd. When you are on the road bridge at the end of the course looking down on it in the evening sun, honestly you could be on a half dozen great links courses, not a cheap council course. Definintely the pick over Lochgreen with Fullarton obviously a distant 3rd. I reckon Darley has it over a number of other more fancied courses. For me it’s a strong 4 ball that puts it in the same category as Dundonald and Glasgow Gailes
4 / 6
Troon (Darley)
June 09, 2015


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Great layout spoil by the litter. I even wrote to the council and complained about the litter and got a letter with a list of excuses back. Clean it up and there is a great little golf course. I'll make it right down due to the litter and rubbish. I had various German friends with me when I played and I was embarrassed.
1 / 6
Troon (Darley)
March 27, 2015


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A bit of a strange set up - THREE courses start form a VERY municipal set up, and in one field you have 3 x 1st and 3 x 18th holes which are basically holes in a flat field. On Darley you then go to another "linking" field with more holes in and out - and THEN you get to the great bit of course .... pity there are not 18 holes like this - these holes live up to the reports and rankings (in layout anyway) trouble is the locals use the course as park / route to work or the shops / walk dogs etc etc and I have NEVER ever seen as much litter (can bottles, some broken, paper, cartons ) and / or dog excretia on a course (and never want to again ) I have yet to play Royal Troon itself and still want to but will I do not think be tempted to re-visit this or either of the other two attached council courses.
2 / 6
Troon (Darley)
April 08, 2013


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bob osborne
June 04, 2013
you are certainly not a golfer this is a truly good test of golf
kev
July 22, 2013
Intrigued why Bob thinks my review ("....great bit of the course.... pity there are not 18 holes like this...") deems me - in his opinion anyway - as "certainly not a golfer" ????? I agree it IS a true test of golf as he goes on however it was, when I played it, a true test of dodging litter, cyclists, walkers and dog poo !!!
james eadie
December 22, 2013
I have played Kingsbarns etc Royal Dornach, the Darley is very good for a council course but its the test of golf which the course offers. Yes the course is messy with papers, etc but it's council and they spend nothing on investment.
Played a competitive round on Troon Darley this week, we were blessed with good weather, and fantastic greens, very true, some of the best Ive played this year. Course is a bit scruffy in places but all in all I wish England had municipals as good as this, the Scots are spoilt. Some tricky tee shots off the back plates, bring your A game, definitely one to enjoy again and again. I last enjoyed it 20 years ago ! I wont leave it that long again. Favourite stretch is 5, 6, 7 but every hole is interesting. Reminds me of the Hotchkin at Woodhall Spa which is always a seat of the pants experience. Lochgreen, the sister course also has some great holes but is let down in my opinion by the 3 parkland style holes around the turn. I give Darley an excellent rating, for value for money, unstuffiness, interesting and challenging golf with superb greens.
6 / 6
Troon (Darley)
August 19, 2012


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One of the finest municipal links courses in Scotland. The Open may have been played half a mile away at Royal Troon but I’ll bet less than 1% of Glasgow golfers will have played there as opposed to 90% who will have had a day out at the Darley – it’s a well worn track but my how it wears well. Golf here is without the airs and graces of a members club, but tight fairways and abundant gorse makes this a challenging place to get around in par figures. The greens are slick, even in winter, and there are lots of cracking holes with burns to cross, long carries off some tees and a good few elevated greens to aim for - talk about value for money (and they even accept half price vouchers at a venue where a round is less than 20 quid). There are another two courses attached to the same clubhouse so you can make a real day of it here among real, down to earth golfers - it does you good every so often to take a golfing reality check at venues such as Troon Darley! Jim McCann
4 / 6
Troon (Darley)
June 11, 2011


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William Clark
December 12, 2013
If you think Darley is a good municipal course and I agree it is you sould try Hollandbush golf course South Lanarkshire.
I booked the Darley course as a warm up to a weekend at Turnberry last weekend and was a little apprehensive reading some of the reviews from other people. I can understamd the criticism about litter, i imagine it gets a lot worse in summer than i witnessed mid April but beyound that i thought the course was excellent. A real surprise having played the Lochgreem twice before which has a very Minicipal feel to it and nothing wrong in that, i think the Darley is much better. A real Scottish Links and in very good condition with all sorts of challenges. Enjoyed it thouroughly and would go back any day. Looks tough of the back tee's as well. Find the negative comments about the 15th a mystery, its a great hole and anyone who doesnt like the layout and charachter of this course, doesnt appreciate golf as it should be in my humble opinion. favorite hole would be 11, 14 or 15.
5 / 6
Troon (Darley)
April 21, 2011


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Made the obligatory winter visit to Darley and was again struck by how underwhelming this course is. It contains very few striking holes - the 5th and par 3 16th are the only standouts. On the other hand the silly 3rd and the ridiculous 15th are memorable for the wrong reasons. The rest are a bland selection indeed.Three further drawbacks to Darley are the amount of litter all over the course, the number of walkers who cross numerous fairways and the pace of play. Four hours is way too long for a round of golf. The Darley's redeeming feature is the £11 per round green fee (using half-price vouchers). I really must remember not to go back next year!
2 / 6
Troon (Darley)
March 13, 2010


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Colin Baird
December 08, 2010
Far from ridiculous, the 15th is, in fact, a magnificent and very special hole. Describing it would take too long, but suffice to say, in my 22 years of working on British & Irish courses, I have never seen a short par 4 demanding more imagination and solid play. Put simply, those playing poorly will be punished. Ten will get you twenty that this reviewer wound up at the foot of the wide gulley in front of the green and either took several attempts to chip on, or he overshot the green and then thinned it back again into the same gulley. This hole could take its place on any Open Championship course (except that the R&A would lengthen it by 70 - 100 yards).
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December 08, 2010
Didn't bother responding to this review when it first came out, for the simple fact that to describe the 15th as ridiculous ensured I couldn't take the review seriously. As Mr Baird suggests it is a fantastic hole. The Darley has problems, mainly due to the council treating the Lochgreen as the better course, but there are some excellent tough par 4's and great strategy holes like the 15th. It's probably the best hole on a good course.
Nothing inspiring about this course at all. Torturously slow with bland hole after bland hole. Two hours through six holes is enough to test the most dedicated of golfers. Hard to understand why this course features in the top 100 list and I took no positive emotions from my time here.
3 / 6
Troon (Darley)
December 07, 2009


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December 08, 2009
Bland 1st three and last couple, but otherwise, a very good course, tight fairways, small greens, and downright tough. The 11th is one of the best par 4's in Ayrshire. Sure you hadn't strayed onto the undeniably bland Lochgreen?
I played Darley on a fine spring morning. The course looked and played great. The uninspiring 2nd and 3rd holes soon gave way to beautiful fairways and greens from 5th through to the 15th.The 18th is a challenging, but fair par 5, and I made par to complete a round of 64.Perhaps more directions could be provided for the visitor unfamiliar with the layout, but otherwise, it's a litte cracker!
4 / 6
Troon (Darley)
April 08, 2008


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