It could be said that Troon is the west coast of Scotland's answer to St Andrews. The town has six golf courses, one of which, the Royal Troon Golf Club, is one of a handful of courses afforded the honour of hosting the Open Championships. The next time the Troon Royal is due to hold the Open is in 2016, but at the end of this month the Byrne Howard Junior Open is due to take place. As well as golf, Troon is a popular resort for waterborne activities, in particular sailing and kitesurfing. Pleasant walking can be had on a footpath which runs behind the curving sands of South Beach. Early in the 19th century the first railway in Scotland brought coal from inland to the harbour at Troon. The harbour used to be the focus of much of the local economic activity, from shipbuilding at the Ailsa Shipbuilding Company to fishing, after the fishing fleet at Ayr moved to Troon. Nowadays the harbour is given over to leisure craft, and there is a ferry service to Larne in Northern Ireland.
Map of the area.
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