Troon (Darley) - Ayrshire & Arran - Scotland

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


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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: 5.5 out of 10 Reviews: 15
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allan mcmillan
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!
April 08, 2008
6 / 10
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colin
As a Troonite, I'm delighted to read the positive reviews about this course. The council seem to deem the Lochgreen the 'better' course, and put little money into the Darley, but it's the latter that's vastly superior. It starts poorly, and the 3rd, which in living memory was a solid hole, is now a farce, due to the powers that be. However through to the 16th it's superb, with the 5th, 11th and 13th being amongst the toughest par 4's anywhere. A little bit of imagination, updating and money would allow this course to truly flourish.
October 14, 2007
8 / 10
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brian oliver
January 29, 2008
This was my first visit to a Scottish golf course. Playing at Darley reminded me of our local land fill site! Everywhere bottles,cans food trays, plastic forks etc. It was disgusting. how troon can charge £20 to play on this tip baffles me. not even senior concession! No detail plaques on the tees and poor directions,if any!Troon municipal can come to one our local municipal couses eg. Malkins bank (seniors £7)see how a municipal course should present itself.If this what golf in Scotland can offer,then that was my one and only visit!
hilaryworton
We loved the course - found it very challenging and generally in very good condition. Winter rules mean you have to play out of the semi-rough which made it even tougher for those of us who are new to the game. We didn't like the other golfers though - found them very rude. The group behind us actually applauded when one of our group fluffed a shot! They then played into us. Maybe the tee times are a little too close together. We weren't made to feel particularly welcome and were disappointed at the etiquette from a couple of other groups. This side of the experience compared very badly with other courses we have played. It spoilt an otherwise excellent day of golf.The course would have got an 'Albatross' rating from us were it not for the inconsiderate other golfers.
February 05, 2006
8 / 10
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Thoroughly agree with the positive review. Although you will find it very difficult to play to your handicap on Darley, it is a marvellous challenge and even in winter, the course remains very playable. If you want to feel good after salvaging pars, then this is the ideal course for you.
October 07, 2005
8 / 10
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Thoroughly agree with the other reviewer in all but one respect. The Darley is a great layout that's constantly challenging and surprising, and for the price it's staggeringly good. But the condition isn't what it should be. If someone from the council had the guts to put some cash into it, they could charge five times and make a lot of money off the coachloads of visitors who come over to play golf.
August 26, 2005
8 / 10
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