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Blog - Muirfield

Posted on 22/05/2015

Muirfield Golf Course is one of the world's most famous courses, and with good reason. Not only is it the course of ‘The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers' (HCEG) it is also the world's oldest golf course. They have the evidence to prove it with documents accounting for its formation in 1744. When the club and course were first founded there were just five holes at Leith Links.

It was in March 1744 that the first official rules of golf were produced to prepare the ‘Gentlemen Golfers of Leith' for a tournament planned at Leith Links. Just 13 rules were laid out but these became the basis of the game today and were soon picked up by other clubs and as they grew in number.

The full-size course at Muirfield officially opened in 1891, although it was a 16-hole course at first. It was designed by Old Tom Morris and shortly after its opening the two final holes were added. Further on again, in the 1920s Harry Colt and Tom Simpson made further alterations to the layout of the course and many golf experts believe it was the work of Simpson and Colt which helped made Muirfield the great course it is.

Muirfield Golf Course has been home to 16 golfing Opens with the most recent in 2013 and many top professionals have described it as one of the fairest open courses there is. Phil Mickelson won in 2013, Ernie Els emerged from a four way play-off in the wind and rain of 2002. Nick Faldo (1987 and 1992), Tom Watson (1980), Lee Trevino (1972), Jack Nicklaus (1966) and Gary Player (1959) all won Opens here.

Muirfield is often described as an eccentric golf course with many different turfs, soils and gradients to deal with. The fairways are known for their spongy seaside turf whilst the greens are quite small which makes the course a challenge for even experienced golfers. The layout has been designed with two concentric rings of nine holes which was an original idea at its time and paved the way for more intricate and original designs from then on.

As well as enjoying the course, Muirfield has an expansive club house and breath-taking views over the area can be enjoyed as you play. See Muirfield's website for more information and add a round of golf at this fantastic course to your Edinburgh stay.