Muirfield Golf Course: Review, Green Fees, Tee Times and Key Information

Muirfield is a near-perfect links, delivering superb variety and a firm but fair test along with a unique and characterful golfing experience

Muirfield final hole and clubhouse pictured
Muirfield final hole and clubhouse
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Muirfield Golf Course Key Information

Top 100 Courses UK & Ireland 2023/24

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AddressDuncur Rd, Muirfield, Gullane EH31 2EG
Phone Number01620 842123
Green Fees£325 (one round), £495 (two rounds including lunch)
Visitor TimesTuesdays and Thursdays
Par71 (Men), 75 (Women)
Slope Rating142 (Medal), 139 (Boxes), 132 (Blue Men's), 140 (Blue Ladies)
Opened1891 (Club formed 1744)
Designed byOld Tom Morris, Harry Colt, Tom Simpson, Martin Hawtree
Golf Monthly Verdict

12th and 4th holes at Muirfield from the air

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A flowing and expansive links exuding quality, tradition and history. Muirfield presents a fair but exacting test. It's often praised for its "two-loop" layout but the quality of the playing surfaces should not be forgotten. There are few, if any, courses in our top-100 list that so consistently delivers closely mown areas and bunkering that are so well maintained.


– One of the great Open courses with great history and heritage

– Fabulous layout with holes facing all points of the compass

– Famously good playing surfaces... And a famously good lunch


UK & Ireland Top 100 Golf Courses 2023/24 - 4

Muirfield is one of the very finest golfing layouts in the UK and Ireland and the East Lothian Links has once again ranked in the top five of the Golf Monthly UK&I Top 100 golf course rankings.

Despite strong competition, it is comfortably one of the best golf courses in Scotland and sits proudly at the top of the list of the best golf courses in East Lothian.

The layout at Muirfield is unusual for a Scottish links as it plays in two loops. The front nine skirts the perimeter in a clockwise direction before the 10th leads into the heart of the course and the inner loop, played in a largely anti-clockwise direction.

The routing means the golfer will never face a succession of holes with a consistent wind direction. It’s one of the characteristics making Muirfield such a wonderfully fair test of golf.

It’s simply a fabulous design providing a stringent examination of every aspect of the game, both physical and mental. For many, this is the fairest Open test of all, with everything laid out in front of you.

Although the ground is undulating, there’s only one blind shot (from the 11th tee,) Jack Nicklaus, who won the 1966 Open at Muirfield, summed it up when he said, “What you see is what you get.”

The fairways are beautifully designed, the hazards perfectly placed and the playing surfaces always maintained in optimum condition.

The run for home is extremely tough with par a particularly good score at the two challenging par 3s, the 13th and 16th. The par-5 17th provides a birdie chance though, and the opportunity for drama right at the end of a round. In the 2013 Open Championship, Phil Mickelson struck two mighty blows onto the green to secure the win.

The Open Championship has visited Muirfield on 16 occasions and the East Lothian links has been the scene of some of the most thrilling instalments of golf’s greatest tournament. Muirfield's list of Open champions really is a who's who of golf, including Harold Hilton, Harry Vardon, James Braid, Walter Hagen, Henry Cotton, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson. It also played host to the AIG Women's Open for the first time in 2022, an event won in thrilling style by Ashleigh Buhai in near darkness, on the fourth hole of a playoff. 

Muirfield is the home of the The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which is considered to be the oldest golf club in the world. The HCEG dates all the way back to 7th March 1744 and made the move from Leith and then Musselburgh to Muirfield in 1891.

The experience of visiting Muirfield is quite something. The lunches are famous and the refurbished clubhouse is exceptional.

Muirfield 13th hole pictured

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What The Top 100 Panel

John Winter UK&I Top 100 panel
John Winter

Muirfield has to be one of the finest golfing layouts in GB&I. The overall golfing experience is second to none. The condition and presentation of the tees, greens, bunkers and fairways could not be faulted. What you see from the tee is what you get. Uniform greens. Understated brilliance. I just loved it.

Nicholas Hercules UK&I Top 100 panel
Nicholas Hercules

Given the changes Muirfield made to be able to host the ladies British Open in 2022, the forward-thinking Secretary and membership and the whole experience on offer, and the quality of the course it's certainly in the top two courses in the UK and Ireland in my humble opinion. Our two-ball rushed around in under 3 hours.

Muirfield Golf Course Location

Muirfield Golf Course Green Fees

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Up to 31st October for 1 round£325
For 2 rounds (includes lunch)£495
1st November to 31st December for 1 round£125

For more information on rates, visit the Muirfield website

Muirfield Golf Course Scorecard

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Interesting and unusual links played over a hill with excellent greens. The course begins on the very edge of the town of Gullane before forging uphill towards the high point at the 6th and 7th holes where the views down to Aberlady Bay and beyond are spellbinding.


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A stunning setting for golf over a characterful piece of testing yet fun links land. The West Links is a largely a traditional out and back links with the sea in play on six holes. It’s quirky with walls running through fairways, raised greens, sunken greens, unusual greens like the two-part 16th and just brilliant greens like that on the much-copied 15th “Redan.”

Best Places To Stay Near Muirfield

Greywalls Hotel - Book now at
The ultimate in convenience for Muirfield, the elegant, Edwardian Greywalls hotel sits right on the edge of the course. With views across to the Firth of Forth, it's a luxurious hotel and the onsite Chez Roux restaurant provides excellent cuisine.

The Bonnie Badger - Book now at
Set on the main street in Gullane, the Bonnie Badger is a characterful but classy hotel offering very comfortable accommodation plus an excellent bar and restaurant. It's walking distance from both Muirfield and Gullane.

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Muirfield Golf Course Expert Opinions


A visit to Muirfield is one of the greatest experiences the game offers. Yes, it's an effort to get a tee time; yes, the green fee is expensive; yes putting on a jacket and tie for lunch in between rounds might seem outdated... but make the effort to go to this historic golfing destination and you'll be rewarded with a day out that will live long in the memory. 


Everything is laid out in front of you – save perhaps for the 6th hole and the blind drive on 11 – with the course relying on clever design rather than flashy trickery to test a player’s mettle. Your undoing or success lies entirely in your own hands – if you hit it in the right place you will be rewarded with an easier follow-up shot; if you hit it in the wrong place, appropriate punishment is meted out in the form of a tougher approach or chip. Yet the course is inherently fair – where a big hole demands a big hit, the landing area will be suitably generous; where the hole is more a test of strategy and placement than brute force, the target will be narrower.


I played Muirfield in late 2021 and both the welcome and of course the famous lunch were first-class. This superb, flowing, expansive links is absolutely packed with exquisite bunkering and brilliant greens and is an absolute must play. The course floats on the top of the crème-de-la-crème of British golf.

Muirfield Golf Course Historical Top 100 Ranking UK&I

  • 2023/24 - 4
  • 2021/22 - 3
  • 2019/20 - 3
  • 2017/18 - 2 
  • 2015/16 - 1
  • 2013/14 - 1
  • 2011/12 - 1
  • 2009/10 - 1

Muirfield Golf Course Frequently Asked Questions


Muirfield demands one of the most expensive green fees in the UK at a peak of £325, although winter rates are significantly less at £125 between the months of January-March and November-December. Visitors can also play two rounds during the summer months for £460. Visitors are welcome to play on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Just like all Open Championship venues, Muirfield is open for the public to play. The course takes visitors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Visitors who play must have an official handicap of 24 or less.

Format of Play for 36 Holes: Morning Fourballs with availability from 08.20am to 10.10am inclusive / Afternoon Foursomes (alternate shot) tee time will be confirmed at the time of booking.

Format of Play for 18 Holes: Morning Fourballs with availability from 10.50am to 12.00pm inclusive.

For more information visit the Muirfield website


Muirfield is a very challenging course but is known for offering a fair yet demanding test of golf. The men's Slope Rating is 142 with a par of 71 and a course rating of 73.8 at tees measuring 6,728 yards. The women's Slope Rating is 140 with a par of 71 and a course rating of 76.3 at tees measuring to 5,983 yards.

Fergus Bisset
Contributing Editor

Fergus is Golf Monthly's resident expert on the history of the game and has written extensively on that subject. He is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and his passion for the sport was bolstered during his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and the history section of "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin , also of Golf Monthly. 

Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?