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Muirfield

Golf was first played at Muirfield in 1891 on 16 holes laid out by Old Tom Morris. The original course layout occupied 117 acres. 

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 initial design and the first significant alteration was made with 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.  After this, the Muirfield course stood shoulder to shoulder with the best in the world.

Apart from Tom Simpson's re-modelling of the 13th hole in 1935, the only notable changes since then have been the provision of new tees to combat improvements in equipment. Significantly and importantly Colt's challenge has been preserved. 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.

Technical data

Founded
1891
Type
Links
Architect
Old Tom Morris
Holes
18
Par
71
Length back
7,245
Length mid
6,728
Length front
Length ladies
5,980

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