Muirfield - The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers

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Muirfield - The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers

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Muirfield - The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers is rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 verified review from YGT customers.

Muirfield, the home of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, is entrenched among the elite of world golfing venues, and boasts one of the finest links courses to be found anywhere in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Considered by many to be the best golf course in Scotland, Muirfield is the ideal place to experience a golf tour or break in East Lothian.

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Muirfield - 7,245 Yards - Par 71

Located at the eastern end of the magical East Lothian town of Gullane, whose character is inherently tied to golf, Muirfield occupies a stretch of coastline that is seemingly god-given for golf. The austere society's history can be traced back to 1744, when Edinburgh's gentry played over five holes on the Leith Links, but the Company has long since occupied the majestic Muirfield turf. As the jewel in the crown of East Lothian, Muirfield is a must visit course as part of your next golf breaks in Scotland.

16 Open Championships, the most recent in 2013, are testament to the outstanding quality of Muirfield's links layout, which features with unerring regularity in any credible list of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the world. The outward nine runs clockwise and envelops the anti-clockwise inward half, demanding that golfers tackle the relentless seaside wind from every angle. Muirfield certainly does not lack admirers, but the head of the queue is occupied by the great Jack Nicklaus, who chose to pay homage by naming his Ohio resort after the East Lothian gem.

The course's original design has changed since initially being laid out by Old Tom Morris in 1891. These design alterations were influenced by some of the leading amateur golfers of the time who were members of the club, the course was developed yet further with futher land acquisitions in 1923 and consultancy by Harry S. Colt, whose famous designs include Sunningdale, Wentworth and Royal Portrush, as a result of this, Muirfield quickly became seen as one of the very best golf courses in the world. Whilst there have been some slight alterations since then, including Tom Simpson's remodelling of the par-3 13th hole (an outstanding short hole with an elevated green protected by dunes and superb bunkering) and Martin Hawtree's review which resulted in work to introduce new bunkering and tee positions over the winters of 2010 and 2011, the course remains true to Colt's original work.

Golfers who have triumphed at Muirfield include some of the very best in the game, including most recently Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. It is however five-time Open Champion Tom Watson who takes the acclaim as lowest winner at Muirfield with a total of 271 in claiming the 1980 Open Championship, Mickelson's total in 2013 was ten shots higher.

During previous Open Championships at Muirfield, the 8th hole has traditionally played the most difficult, whilst the short par-4 11th has been the easiest in relation to par. The course is now defended by 148 bunkers.

For golf in its purest sense there are few courses that can rival Muirfield, which promises to be a truly magical experience.

When can you play Muirfield?
Visitors can play at Muirfield on Tuesdays and Thursdays, prebooking is advised as the course is incredibly popular, especially during the Summer months

Are there any handicap restrictions?
Golfers are required to have a handicap of 18 or less.

What format of golf do you have to play at Muirfield?
Fourball golf is restricted to morning play only. Those playing in the afternoon have to play foursomes

What is the par at Muirfield?
Off the championship (white) tees the course measures 7,245 yards with a par of 71, with the 9th becoming a par-5 while it is a par-4 off the yellows, these tees measure 6,728 yards with a par of 70. The standard scratch is 73, although if the wind picks up, the course can play significantly harder than this.


  • Driving Range
  • Pro Shop
  • Putting Greens
  • Club House
  • Championship Standard Course

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The best course you'll get to play

Without doubt, Muirfield is one of the best golf courses you'll ever experience anywhere in the world. From the moment you arrive you’ll be left impressed by the course and the history that few can compete with.

With the two nines working around in 2 circles (the front nine is an outer ring, while the back nine is an inner ring), you’ll need to hit a wide variety of shots due to the changing direction of the holes. An example of this is seen from the par-4 first hole which starts off with a testing drive up the left half of the fairway, trying to avoid the cavernous bunkers lining the left hand side, you won’t face another shot in this direction until the ninth hole which is a very testing par-5 with superb bunkering which will be sure to catch any off line shots.

It is impossible, for me at least, to find a hole which is anything less than superb. Personal favourites were the par-4 2nd hole, par-3 7th (rumoured to be Mike Weir’s favourite hole in the world), par-3 13th which is framed by bunkers as well as 17 and 18 which are such fantastic finishing holes that really cap the round off.

Worth taking your time to have a look at the incredibly history within the clubhouse after your round, not sure you’d find a better collection outside of the R&A Clubhouse at St Andrews. The only thing surprising is the lack of reference to any Open Championships being played here; you won’t see any signed cards from previous tournaments or photos of champions. All in all I can’t recommend this course enough, every golfer should experience this.

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