Keen golfers may have nodded sagely when they heard the news that the Ayrshire town of Troon has come top in Scotland in a survey of the happiest places to live.
Certainly the town is famed for its Royal Troon golf course and this year the course hosted the Open Golf Championship for the ninth time in its illustrious history.
But it appears it is not just the fairways that make Troon inhabitants so content.
In the survey carried out by online property portal Rightmove, results showed that Troon residents felt a “sense of belonging” in the town as well as feeling safe and able to be themselves.
Rightmove’s research manager Abiola Oni said: “Obviously what ‘happy’ means to different people can vary greatly, but when you compare which factors score highest in the happiest areas, it shows just how important having friendly people in the local community area is alongside the services and amenities, which is something buyers often tell us when they are looking in new areas to live.”
Troon has plenty on offer to keep residents smiling, even if they don’t play golf.
The town has a fine beach, with views to the isle of Arran. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are both popular pursuits.
Troon is home to a range of independent boutiques and restaurants. The Fish Pavilion is a renowned spot for fish, chips and ice cream, a perfect seaside meal.
Troon also has a marina filled with yachts and attracts sailors from around the world to regattas and to sail the famous West Coast waters and the Clyde. The marina also hosts the Ayrshire fish market.
Unlike many Scottish seaside towns, Troon has done much to ensure visitors keep returning with year-round festivals, including Live@Troon which attracts big names in the world of music.
As well as topping the Scottish list of happy towns, Troon came second in the UK overall, only being beaten by another seaside town, Leigh-on- Sea in Essex.
But where the average cost of a property in the Essex town is £384,349, Troon
is much more affordable with an average price of around £222,000, giving yet
another reason for its inhabitants to keep smiling.
Property in the town ranges from chic modern apartment blocks taking advantage of the outstanding views, to period villas built when the Victorians popularised sea bathing.
Plenty to keep everyone happy.