Muirfield Golf Course is the home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers and is situated South East of Edinburgh on the Coast. It is a challenging course with thick, punishing rough and over 150 bunkers ! The course is surrounded by stone walls and originally occupied 117 acres. Muirfield was founded in 1891 and has hosted major amateur and professional championships, including 15 Open Championships. The Open Championship is scheduled to be played at Muirfield in 2013 and certain modifications are being made to the course so that it can continue to present a challenge to the greatest golfers !

playing muirfield

Muirfield is an 18 hole classic Links course. You need to plan well in advance if you would like to play Muirfield as tee times are only available for visitors twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays and bookings for these start 15 months in advance !

The handicap limit is 18 for men and 20 for women.

The course is arranged with a clockwise outer nine holes circling an anticlockwise inner nine, so you wil be faced with constantly chaning wind directions.  The weather on this part of the east coast of Scotland means you have a good chance of a clear, dry (although probably cold !) day for play during quite a lot of the year.

You can view the Muirfield website by clicking here, where you can find out more about booking to play and as it is a very traditional club please pay attention to the dress code if you would like to visit this club.

history of muirfield

The history of the club began in Leith in 1744. It later moved to Musselburgh and finally in 1891 to Muirfield.  Golf was first played at Muirfield in 1891 on 18 holes laid out by Old Tom Morris.

staying nearby

Places we would recommend which are close to Muirfield, would include firstly the classic small country house hotel Greywalls which is adjacent to Muirfield and reknowned for its cuisine.

Alternatives in the area would include the MacDonald Hotels Marine Hotel and Spa at North Berwick, only a short drive from Muirfield and adjacent to the excellent West Links Golf Course in North Berwick.

things to see in the area

For non golfers, Edinburgh itself has many shopping opportunities. Edinburgh Castle is worth a visit and there are many arts events on in Edinburgh, in particular the Edinburgh Festival, Festival Fringe, Book Festival and Film Festival. In East Lothian itself the town of North Berwick is worth a visit and the whole coastline is extremely scenic with coastal walks and numerous golfing opportunities.