Muirfield Golf Course Review

18 holes, par 71, 7,245 yards. Links.

The most renowned course in the Edinburgh and Lothian area is of course Muirfield; where Phil Mickelson famously won The Open and then admitted that it was a major he thought he would never pick up.

It is 7,245 yards long and has a par of 71. The third is a straight, 375-yard par four with a tight fairway that runs out at 290 yards, so a utility club is the one to use for your drive. A long, well-guarded bunker slopes from back to front and calls for a well-placed approach.

The seventh hole is 187 yards from the back tee. It is often played into the wind to a sloping green with a deep bunker on the right and three further traps to the left. Hitting this green is a real achievement.

The 17th is a 576-yard par five. When it is played into the wind it is a fearsome hole. The hole moves gently from right to left, with five bunkers at the dogleg awaiting a poorly-placed drive. And things don't get any easier with the second shot, with four cross bunkers lying in wait. The green is set within a dune and is well guarded.

The finishing hole, at 474 yards, is not for the faint-hearted. There is thick rough on both sides of the fairway and well-placed bunkers of the left and right, waiting to swallow up your drive. Negotiate all of that and you then have to clear two further bunkers short of the putting surface as well as one on each side of the green.

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Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.