Muirfield, Gullane, EH31 2EG, Scotland
Golf Course Says
The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers can be traced back to 1744 and Muirfield is their third home following the original Leith Links and the Old Course at Musselburgh. Muirfield has hosted 15 Open Championships, the Amateur Championship, the Mid Amateur, the Ryder Cup, the Walker Cup and the Curtis Cup and is the only course that has hosted all of these prestigous events. The course is considered to be one of the world's finest by players and course architects alike.
Golfalot Review of Muirfield, The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers
If Carnoustie is the hardest Open venue then Muirfield is definitely the best. Almost always at the top of any best golf course list, it is not hard to see why. Muirfield is laid out in two loops of nine holes with the front 9 as the outside loop going clockwise and the back nine contained in the inner loop going anti-clockwise. This means that whatever the wind you are always going to have it with you and against you. The course is not over-long by modern standards but the tight fairways, subtle greens and penal bunkering are defense enough as your nerve and course strategy has to be spot on to keep a score going.
There are no bad holes and the par-3s in particular can make or break a good score. The 13th with its deep greenside bunkers has to be one of the most dangerous par-3s in the world. The famous 17th with its bowl green has been the defining hole in so many Opens and the walk up the 18th to the magnificent clubhouse is a treat in itself. Not the easiest course to get on, but make the effort as it is worth every penny and more.
|Brad Blair||25/07/2011 11:33:23|
Muirfield is an incredible course with a great history, but to be honest, I was a little underwhelmed by the course. I like the course routing, testing you with a different wind direction on almost every hole, but just felt the holes lacked the wow-factor I look for in the top courses. Condition is unquestionable, the greens are always fantastic. Relatively flat and rolling, the course will certainly test your game, but in terms of setting, design and the x-factor I look for, it was slightly lacking.
|Mark Wilson||13/06/2011 10:55:09|
I have played Muirfield a few times and although it is a good course I don't think it is a classic. it is always in good condition but most East coast courses are. I think a number of holes are repetitive and lack creativeness or a real challenge - although to be fair from the back tees I would imagine they would all be challenging.
The other annoying thing about the club is the obsession to play four ball and to play in under 2.40 mins. I don't like slow golf but I think members are more bothered about getting into the bar.
Good to play once but would rather play Gullane 1
|Neil Welsh||22/12/2008 11:28:47|
Exceptional course with exceptional history. Unfortunately the welcome wasn't the warmest, however none of that matters when you are playing possibly the greatest course in scotland. Greens were sublime, rough was fatal, course was in fabulous condition, the way the course winds in different directions ensures no two holes are being played the same. Simply superb
Let me review the clubhouse as that merits as much of a review as the course: it's fantastic! You WILL not find a friendlier welcome at any golf course than here if you are a stranger - assuming you've got a tee off time of course - otherwise you'll be spending most of your day speaking to the local constabulary! Once through the gates you're in golfing nirvana looking at the best course in the world stretching off into the distance down towards the Firth of Forth. A quick walk around the front of the clubhouse brings you to the front door where you'll plonk your clubs down outside along with another 10 or 15 sets and one or two obligatory Labradors or Westies! Into the clubhouse itself and you're instantly aware that you're in somewhere very special as oil portraits of selected past Captains stare down at you from every wall along with the plans of past course layouts of the club. You'll then probably go into the changing room and be greeted by virtually everyone in the room with the warmest of welcomes and great chat.
After the speediest of rounds (its foresomes played here, not fourball) you'll probably have one the best club lunches around in the Dining Room. If you think you might sit with your three friends then think again, as everyone sits down with everyone else at long tables and the conversation flows copiously - mostly talking about the game gone or the game ahead. Into the Lounge, and it's coffee surrounded by the course as you sit in a massive room which juts out toward the 18th green (don't miss your approach shot as everyone will know) and you can't help but notice the friendliness again. It's a special place indeed!
In my view Muirfield is the best course I have played bar none. The layout is fantastic with two loops of nine going in opposite directions, so you have to play the wind in every direction. I have played it a few times and you always get half a dozen tee boxes on the championship tees for that Open feeling. There are no weak holes and the par-3s 13th is probably the pick of the bunch. Greens are usually in excellent condition and if the rough is up, bring lots of golf balls. It may cost a bit more than an average round but it is worth every penny.
Muirfield Golf Course is simply unique. Words usually fail to describe how it feels to play the couse. With many memories of Open Championships and possessing some of the most memorable holes in golf, Muirfield Golf Course will amaze any player. The meal in the clubhouse is certainly second to none. Often hard to play and with many elite members, if you ever get the chance the play Muirfield Golf Course, DO!
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