Scotland's East Lothian is home to the prestigious Muirfield Golf Club, which is renowned for both its lengthy history and difficult layout. Muirfield has cemented itself as one of the best courses in the world, consistently in the top 10 of most golf publications rankings. Having hosted the Open Championship 16 times some see it as the ultimate test of golf due to the layout and challenges awaiting you on every hole.
During visitor days the 18-hole layout is played over 3 teeing grounds. On some holes, you may find yourself hitting from the Gents or Ladies tees. Whereas on others you may find yourself at the competition tees. The rest of your time you’ll find yourself staring down a fairway or green from the Championship tees.
A Brief History of Muirfield - The Houorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers
Muirfield was founded in 1744, which makes it one of the oldest golf clubs in the world. Originally called the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, the club's name changed to Muirfield in 1891. The course was created by legendary Old Tom Morris and letter re-designed by Harry Colt in 1925. The course has undergone several redesigns throughout the years, with the latest renovation completed in 2019.
Course Design at Muirfield - The Houorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers
The course at Muirfield is a par 71 and covers 7,245 yards. It is a traditional links course with undulating fairways, challenging bunkers, and fast greens. Hole 6 can be particularly tricky due to strong cross winds that sweep across this hole! The 18th is also a stand out hole, regarded as one the top finishing holes in the world of golf. The course is designed in two loops of nine holes and is known for its natural beauty, with views of the Firth of Forth from several holes.
Membership at Muirfield
Membership at Muirfield is by invitation only and is limited to 660 members. Prospective members must be proposed and seconded by current members and go through a rigorous vetting process. The club has a waiting list, and the current waiting time for membership is around 10 years.