Playing the Course
Muirfield Golf Club home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, has a colourful history dating back to 1744. From its first incarnation in Leith through residence in Musselburgh and finally, in 1891, to its current home in Gullane, East Lothian, a picturesque setting overlooking the Firth of Forth,.
Today, as well as being ranked the fourth best gold club in the world, its sequence of coastal links courses are host to numerous events. Indeed, eleven Amateur Championships, sixteen Open Championships and various Ryder Cup events have welcomed the world’s top golfers to East Lothian on a regular basis.
With the exception of the Championship tees, the course has changed little since 1936 but, in 2008, in conjunction with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, golf architect Martin Hawtree was commissioned to advise the Club on how best to ensure Muirfield remains a challenge to the world’s great golfers.
Muirfield Golf Course
There has been a number of recent changes to the Muirfield course, including the introduction of new bunkers in selected drive areas; the relocation of greenside bunkers to tighten the entrances to greens; the extension of greens to provide more championship pin positions and the introduction of six new championship tees taking the course to 7245 yards in length.
These changes are subtle and the prestigious characteristic of Muirfield has been carefully retained. The most noticeable difference is the 9th hole which is now a truly testing par 5, particularly into the prevailing wind.
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