Designer: Tom Morris / Harry Colt / Tom Simpson
Length: 6,963 yards
Muirfield is the course of “The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers” (HCEG), the world’s oldest golf club – according to direct written evidence – formed in 1744. Almost 150 years later, in 1891, the course at Muirfield opened for play. Old Tom Morris designed it and in 1928, Harry Colt and Tom Simpson were brought in to make alterations to the layout.
The design layout is a masterpiece and highly unusual for links courses of this era. Most courses were laid out simply, nine out and nine back. Muirfield is different; it was the first to be designed with two concentric rings of nine holes. The outward nine holes run clockwise around the edge and the inward nine run anti-clockwise, sitting inside the outward nine. The layout ensures that the wind hits you from all directions.
Host to fifteen Open Championships, including 2013, Muirfield is considered by many top professionals to be one of the fairest Open Championship golf courses. The course is considered to be one of the top 10 courses in the world.