The Combined Operations Golf Trophy
Saturday 10 November 2018
The War Ministry, starting in 1942, annexed the Clubhouse, both courses and the Portland Clubhouse to assist in the war effort. Administration utilised the Clubhouses, and the courses were used for operational practice.
In May 1945, the Club received a letter from the Commanding Officer of Dundonald Camp, inviting them to attend a meeting to discuss the offer of a golf trophy. A similar letter was received by Prestwick, Western Gailes and Barassie Golf Clubs and, in Troon’s case, the Captain J A McAra agreed to attend. The meeting held on Saturday 9 June 1945, ended with the Clubs agreeing to accept the offer of the new trophy which would be played for as documented in the Club’s General Committee minute of 21 June 1945:
i) The Trophy to be competed for annually on a Saturday on courses of the four Clubs concerned in the following order: Western Gailes, Barassie, Prestwick and Troon.
ii) Foursome play by teams of six, handicaps of each foursome to aggregate NOT LESS than 12; Knock out competition, winners of the first round to play off in the afternoon.
The first competition for the Combined Operations Golf Trophy was played on Saturday 15 September 1945 at Western Gailes and has continued annually. The trophy is rather unique in golfing circles being a scale model of a Commando landing craft.
Royal Troon Golf Club, Saturday 10 November 2018