There’s something special about
Muirfield. It’s not the front gate that reads “The Honorable Company ofEdinburgh Golfers”, or the ancient stone walls that border the golf course, or
even the traditional, timeless clubhouse that guards the 18th green.
No, Muirfield is special
because it’s where great players become legends. You beat the field on this
magnificent course and you don’t just walk away with the Claret Jug, you
establish a reputation that you performed your best on one of the world’s best
|Muirfield Golf Club|
There are lots of wonderful
places to play golf in the East Lothian region of Scotland, but Muirfield is
its prized jewel and for good reason. History and tradition permeate this
place. It’s like stepping onto the grounds at Augusta National, except you’re
in Scotland and this is links golf. The golf course is ruggedly beautiful, with
its tall wispy grass, immaculately maintained greens, and deep and penal pot
Golf architect Donald Steele
articulated it superbly when he said “Muirfield embraces more of the qualities
that a perfectionist seeks in his ideal course”.
Golf was first played at
Muirfield in 1891 and it has enamored and challenged professionals and amateurs
alike ever since. After all these years, there’s still one vital thing a player
needs to be successful on this golf course, their wits. This course challenges
you to play creatively and strategically and great champions win here because
they’re not only the best, but the smartest. Legends like Jack Nicklaus, Lee
Trevino, Tom Watson, Harry Vardon, Gary Player and Nick Faldo all won the
Claret Jug at Muirfield.
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One of the most challenging
elements of this course is its clockwise and counter clockwise design, which
means that if the wind stays consistent throughout the round, no hole will have
the same wind direction. This makes it tough for competitors, most tour pros
thrive off of their “birdie runs” and it’ll be much harder to go on a run when
you’re downwind on one hole and into the wind on the next.
Expect lots of drama at this
week’s Open Championship as we watch the world’s best compete for a chance to
be a part of history. There are many players itching to win their first major
and there are many major champions who would love to conquer Muirfield.