New Craigend Golf Course

GEO Certified Development 03/2022

New Craigend Golf Course 

New Craigend Golf Course 
Royal Troon Golf Club 

  • 100% of new native planting was transplanted from around site
  • Successful translocation of heather and rough grasslands around the site 
  • Have taught over 2,500 local school kids at the School of Golf 
  • Created 15 holes of playable, fun links golf for all ages

'During the design and development of the New Craigend Course, I have been able to observe the creation of a wonderful golfing addition to the Royal Troon property, with the creation of an exceptional 9-hole facility that is aimed at all golfing backgrounds. It is not just the golfing aspect, but also the attention to detail from all team members to be resourceful in decision making and be respectful of the heritage, nature and character of this linksland location.'

Matthew Johns - Independent Verifier for New Craigend Golf Course


Situated within the word renowned Royal Troon Golf Club, the New Craigend course will enhance the experience for golfers of all levels and abilities, with all ages able to enjoy the game and feel welcomed - every hole is playable with a putter making it a fun form of golf that should encourage more participation and also support the ‘School of Golf’ initiative to continue to grow. 

This project sought to maximise the productivity of the land and to enhance the golf options at the club, providing an improvement to the hosting capabilities and logistics when major events come to the club such as The Open Championship. The use of existing linksland meant the new golf now appear as though it has been there for generations.

The clever design and space allocation allows the land to have multiple uses, the new 9-holes doubles up as an extensive elite level tournament practice area when needed; the 6-hole academy course is also a TV compound for televised events. These features reduce disruption during event times and afterwards, while giving the club increased golfing options and continuing to provide for the worlds elite players, TV utilities and any tournament staging needs in the future.

The club have truly embraced the values of sustainable development and produced a course and facility that will be sure to enhance the legacy of Royal Troon Golf Club.

'The whole project from start to finish has been done with the utmost care and attention to detail and resourceful use of the land and natural resources available. The course now provides a wonderful golfing playground for those both young and old to enjoy a very fun form of the game, which will hopefully allow the club the continue its successful school of golf work and maintain a strong connection to the local community and it's golfers.'

Sam Thomas, Director of Golf Developments for GEO Foundation

[Players] can expect a stimulating set of par 3 holes of varied length and challenge, especially around the greens. This will lead to a real links experience with all types of shots available from the putter to the lob wedge for recovery shots. The green surfaces have undulation incorporated which will lead to the holes changing in character and challenge depending upon where the flag is positioned and putting will be interesting and fun.

Martin Ebert, Course Architect

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