Troon was founded in 1878. Willie Fernie and James Braid modified and extended the layout and in 1923 Royal Troon hosted its first Open. In 1978, Troon’s centenary year, royal patronage was bestowed on the club and the course. Royal Troon Golf Club remains the first and last club in great Britain to have been granted royal status under Queen Elizabeth the Second. Royal Troon is a traditional out and back links course and on the front nine, the 8th, the world famous "postage stamp", is the shortest par 3 on the circuit at 123 yards. Gene Sarazen, in the 1973 Troon Open, holed out in one at the "postage stamp". Royal Troon is a great open Championship course and is an excellent choice to start your Open Championship rota.