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Muirfield Golf Course

Muirfield Golf Course- A Great Test of Golf

The 2013 British Open was at Muirfield Golf Course near Edinburgh, Scotland, and certainly as with all of the Open golf courses carries a long and rich golfing history.  It is a links golf course, but there are a few worthy of note variations with this particular course.  In watching The Open played in 2013 you probably observed a course format that is a bit different, and those differences can have a major impact on how the course will be played.

 

First, let’s talk about this aged, wonderful golf course and with its bond with The British Open.  It has hosted the Championship 15 times, the first in 1892.  The champions are actually a virtual who’s-who for golfers throughout history: Harry Vardon, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Alf Perry, Walter Hagen, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo (twice), and most recently in 2002 by Ernie Els.  This is the home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which claims to be the first verifiable organized golf club in the world, dating back to 1744.

This Golf Course Was Designed and Built in 1891

This association built the course in 1891 one year before the first Open, with Old Tom Morris the main designer.  It had been widely acclaimed as a great course from the beginning, but of course has already been altered and restructured a few times since.

 

As we said prior, it is a true Scottish links golf course, which means it is constructed on ground “linking” the sea with terrain that is agricultural.  These coastal links courses typically run along side the seaside, going out with the front nine and return with the back nine.  Muirfield was one of the courses which went away from this pattern.  It’s basically a couple of loops of nine holes, one running clockwise together with the other counterclockwise.

Things to watch for is the direction from where the wind is blowing (and there generally is a lot of wind in Edinburgh), and the wind direction will be change regularly for the golfers.  No more than three golf holes will ever be following the same direction at any time.  The pros will be continually adapting to the wind direction.

Nevertheless the pros have always spoken well of this golf course, as even though there are some quirks that links golf courses often have, it’s viewed as an extremely fair test of the game.  Plus as excellent courses frequently do, they divide the greats from the remainder of the field.  With the number of all-time best found on the champions list, Muirfield golf course is considered one of the best.  And if you ever visit this course, do yourself a favor and spend time visiting one of my personal favorite locations in Europe that’s close by: Edinburgh, Scotland.

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