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1978 Troon Golf Club is awarded 'Royal' status by Queen Elizabeth II in its centenary year, having been founded on March 16, 1878. Troon is the first and only club in Great Britain to have been awarded this accolade during the Queen's reign. The Club is home to the world famous 'Postage Stamp' par 3 8th (pictured), given this name by Willie Park Jnr, twice winner of the Open in 1887 and 1889, in a 1923 article in Golf Illustrated, in which he referred to the green as "a pitching surface skimmed down to the size of a postage stamp". At just 123 yards off the championship tee, it is the shortest par 3 on the Open Championship rota and Stroke Index 18 on the card, although this is belied by numerous disasters at the hole, including a 15 by German amateur Hermann Tissies during the 1950 Open. On a happier note, the legendary Gene Sarazen holed in one at the Postage Stamp in the 1973 Open aged 71, 50 years after first playing there. Troon has hosted the Open on eight occasions, most recently in 2004, when Todd Hamilton became Champion.

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