The Open Championship 2016: Your One-Stop Guide

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The Open Championship 2016

Royal Troon Golf Club

Craigend Road, South Ayrshire

Troon KA10 6EP, Scotland

+44 (0) 1292 311 555

Dates: Thursday, July 14th through Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Clubhouse, Royal Troon Golf Club
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History

The Open Championship is the third of the four major championships played each year by qualifying members of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). The Open Championship is held every July, and is the only one of the four major tournaments that is held outside of the United States. The Open Championships is played at a different location in the United Kingdom every year, and will be held at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland in 2016; this will be the ninth time this club has hosted the Open Championship. The Open Championship is administered by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (R&A), which was established in 1754 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in the world.

The first Open Championship was played in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland; that iteration was limited to eight golfers and played in a single day. The Open’s earliest winners were Scottish, although tournament victors since then have been a mix of Americans, Europeans, and other players from around the world.

Golfers who have won three or more Open Championships include Willie Anderson (4: 1901, 1903, 1904, and 1905), Bobby Jones (4: 1923, 1926, 1929, and 1930), Ben Hogan (4: 1948, 1950, 1951, and 1953), Jack Nicklaus (4: 1962, 1967, 1972, and 1980), Hale Irwin (3: 1974, 1979, and 1990), and Tiger Woods (3: 2000, 2002, and 2008). The reigning Open Championship winner is Zach Johnson.

5-time The Open Championship winner (1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983) Tom Watson in 1982
at Royal Troon Golf Club (Scotland)
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Where to Stay

When planning your trip to the 2016 Open Championship, the AtTheTee.com team recommends using Royal Troon Golf Club’s website to locate accommodations. The course is currently featuring The Marine Hotel (>.1 mile), Piersland House Hotel (.1 mile), South Beach Hotel (.6 mile), and Lochgreen House Hotel (1 mile).

2015 The Open champion Zach Johnson at the Old Course at St. Andrews Golf Club (Scotland)
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What to Do

According to VisitScotland.com, there are a wide variety of attractions and things to do during your stay. These options include a visit to Fullarton Estate, the Harbour Arts Centre, Dundonald Castle, and the Scottish Maritime Museum, all of which are sure to be popular with anyone in your party.

Marine Hotel in Troon
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Where to Eat

According to TripAdvisor, Troon’s best restaurants include Piersland House Hotel (.1 mile), Silver Spoons Tearoom (1.1 miles)The Harbour Bar (1.3 miles), Scott’s Bar & Restaurant (1.7 miles), and MacCallum’s Oyster Bar (2.1 miles).

4-time The Open Championship winner (1923, 1926, 1929, and 1930) Bobby Jones in 1930
at Royal Liverpool Golf Club (England)

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Where to Golf

While you won’t be able to golf at the Royal Troon Golf Club during your trip to the 2016 Open Championship, there are several other courses in the area for you to visit during your trip. These courses are Troon Municipal Golf Course (.8 mile), Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Course (2.6 miles), Prestwick St. Cuthbert’s Golf Course (5.6 miles), and Dalmilling Municipal Golf Course (8 miles).

The links at Royal Troon
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3-time The Open Championship winner (1959, 1968, and 1974) Gary Player in 1959
at Muirfield Country Club (Scotland)
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Links

Royal Troon Golf Club

PGA.com

TheOpen.com

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