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Course Insight MUIRFIELD


In 1795 the club applied to the Lord Provost, the Magistrates and Council of the City of Edinburgh for a Charter. This was granted on March 26, 1800 together with a Seal of Clause under the new title of ‘The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.’ Golf was first played at Muirfield in 1891 on 18 holes laid out by Old Tom Morris. Muirfield hosted the first Open Championship to be played over 72 holes in 1892 and then again in 1896. After each event, the course received some criticism and improvements were made. It was evident that the surrounding walls had limited the design and the first significant alteration was made with


Open at Muirfield are Harold Hilton, Harry Vardon, James Braid, Ted Ray, Walter Hagen, Alf Perry, Henry Cotton, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson (who also won a Senior British Open here) and Nick Faldo (twice). Here is a look at the finishing holes:


No. 16 Par 6 188 yards Realistically, there is only half a green to aim at since anything pitching down the left side runs the risk of sliding off down towards sand or rough. Club selection can vary between a 2-iron to a 6-iron depending on the wind. Invariably, the smart play is to aim for the middle of the green and be happy with a par.


No. 17 Par 5 578 yards In calm conditions, this green is easily reachable in two shots, but when the winds pick up from the east they bring the cross bunkers 100 yards short of the green into play. Five bunkers on the corner of the dog-leg left present a challenge from the tee. The green is set back into the dunes behind bunkers left and right of a narrow entrance.


No. 18 Par 4 473 yards This is one of the great finishing holes in golf. Two bunkers guard the fairway on the left side of the narrowest part of the fairway and there is sand to the right side as well. The prevailing cross wind from the right enhances the difficulty of the drive as well as the second shot to a green beautifully bunkered on either side.


Tournament Record 267, Greg Norman, 1993


the purchase in 1907 of an additional 13 acres. In 1923, a further 50 acres were secured to the north of the course. Renowned course designer Harry Colt was consulted and his recommendations effectively produced the layout as it is today. He introduced 14 new holes and his design included two loops of nine holes, one played within the other in the opposite direction. Among the players who have won the British


Tournament 18-Hole Record 63, Mark Hayes, 1977 (Turnberry), Isao Aoki, 1980 (Muirfield), Greg Norman, 1986 (Turnberry), Paul Broadhurst, 1990 (St. Andrews), Jodie Mudd, 1991 (Birkdale), Nick Faldo, 1993 (Royal St. George’s), Payne Stewart, 1993 (Royal St. George’s), Rory McIlroy, 2010 (St. Andrews)


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