Muirfield was the fourth course to stage the Open Championship and is the third most used Open venue after St. Andrews and Prestwick. Not surprising as it is the home course of “The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers” (HCEG), the world’s oldest golf club - according to direct written evidence of the original 13 rules of golf - formed in 1744. Almost 150 years later, in 1891, Old Tom Morris designed a 16 hole course and two more were added soon after.
In 1928, Harry Colt and Tom Simpson were brought in to make alterations to the layout who added 14 new holes to make two concentric loops of nine holes each, one played within the other in the opposite direction. This made Muirfield the masterpiece that is today as evident from it being the venue for no less than 16 Open Championhips. A 'must play' golf course for any avid golfer and it will give you a great appreciation of what Open Champion Phil Mickelson did here in 2013.
- Year of Opening - 1891
- Designer - Old Tom Morris, Harry Colt, Tom Simpson
- Par - 71
- Holes - 18
- Length - 7245 Yards