Gullane, East Lothian EH31 2EG
18 holes. Seaside links. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.
Coastal duneland and rural countryside.
Original course on this site was laid out by Old Tom Morris (1891). Later modifications by Harry Colt and Tom Simpson (1928).
19 miles NE of Edinburgh
From the A1/A720 (city ring road) interchange (Old Craighall Junction) east of Edinburgh, travel east on the A1 direction Berwick-upon-Tweed. After 4.5 miles turn off the A1 at the Bankton Junction. Follow the A198 direction North Berwick. After 10 miles (just after the village of Gullane and the Scottish Fire Service Training School) turn right at "Greywalls" sign. Golf car park is 200 yards on your right.
Muirfield, home to The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, provides one of the finest tests of links golf anywhere in the world. If you can secure a tee-time and pass through The Honourable Company's sturdy entrance gates, one of your most memorable rounds of golf awaits.
The magic of Muirfield lies partly in the understated simplicity of its layout. A clockwise front-nine loop encircles an anti-clockwise inward-nine, with no water ditches, streams (burns) or ponds to worry about. The complete absence of water hazards is perhaps surprising. Shortly after the course opened for play, St Andrews professional Andrew Kirkcaldy described it as "nothing but an auld water meddie".
Although water hazards may not be present, there are more ball-grabbing pot bunkers here than you'd care to count, and deeper fescues than you'd care to measure. When the wind blows, the firm good-width fairways will look quite a bit tighter, and the rough closer and deeper. After a first outing at Muirfield, you'll realise there's actually a bit more space to work the ball than at first appears. Blind shots are rare, although the par-4 11th requires a drive where you take dead aim at a marker pole, and then trust your swing.
Muirfield's sand dunes, although not as towering as on some links courses, still produce a classically undulating links layout, over which your game is both challenged and rewarded. From almost every hole there are picturesque views across the glorious Firth of Forth to the hills of Fife. Always immaculately presented, the quiet tranquillity of Muirfield is broken only by the chattering of skylarks, and the swish of fescues stirred by the sea breeze.
Visitors welcome on Tues and Thurs.
Must book well in advance (can be done via Muirfield's website). Minimum age: 16 yrs. Maximum handicap: 18 (men and women). Proof of handicap required. Women may only play if accompanied by a man.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details. [Last updated: 2019].
Muirfield is a walking course. Caddies available if requested in advance. Two golf carts available if required for medical reasons. Lunch can be taken if pre-booked; gentlemen must wear jacket & tie, ladies smart-casual non-golf clothes.
The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers is often cited as the world's oldest golf club, a claim backed-up by Club records that go back to 1744, although Royal Burgess (1735) and Royal Blackheath (1608) also lay claim to this title. It was in 1744 that the Company's first significant event was held, in which players competed for a prized silver club. The original thirteen Rules of Golf (the Leith code) were written for this event.
Originally called the Company of Edinburgh Golfers, in 1795 the Club applied to the City of Edinburgh authorities for a Charter. This was granted in 1800 together with the new title of 'The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers'. | The Honourable Company moved from its original home (the Leith Links in Edinburgh) in 1836, and moved again in 1891 from its second home (Mussleburgh Links). This second move brought the Company to the Archerfield Estate in Dirleton, and a new 18-hole Tom Morris designed course, called Muirfield.
The name Muirfield derives from the then practice of tenant farmers identifying their fields with a descriptive name. The golf course was built on "muir-field". The Scottish term "muir" (meadow in English), refers to uncultivated land affected by marshy areas. During the 1892 Open Championship held at Muirfield, professional golfer Andrew Kirkcaldy described the relatively new course as "an auld water meddie".
Muirfield has hosted some of the biggest tournaments in golf, including several Open and Amateur Championships, as well as Ryder, Walker and Curtis Cups. For more details view Top Golf Tournaments at Muirfield Golf Club.
World: 12th best course in the world (GOLF magazine, 2020/21).
GB&I: 5th best course in Britain & Ireland (Golf World, 2020/21).
Scotland: 3rd best in Scotland (Golf World, 2021).
Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian EH31 2EG.
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Designed by the celebrated architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, Greywalls was built in 1901. Situated on the edge of Muirfield’s championship golf course, this luxury hotel enjoys a reputation for the excellence of its food and service. As well as the elegant drawing rooms and dining areas the house has 23 en suite bedrooms, a walled garden, hard and grass tennis courts, croquet lawn and putting green.The hotel's Chez Roux restaurant offers a blend of classic French cuisine and local Scottish produce.
Renaissance Club (private); Archerfield (Dirleton & Fidra Links); North Berwick; Glen; Gullane 1, 2 & 3; Luffness New; Craigielaw; Kilspindie.
Longniddry; Royal Musselburgh; Musselburgh Links (Old course); Dunbar.
Dirleton, East Lothian EH39 5EG
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Located opposite 13th century Dirleton Castle, this long established family-run hotel is ideally located to access the many excellent golf courses in East Lothian.
Muirfield; Gullane 1, 2 & 3; Luffness New; Craigielaw; North Berwick; Glen.
Dunbar; Kilspindie; Longniddry; Royal Musselburgh.
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