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If Muirfield is one of your bucket list golf courses, don't expect to play the famed East Lothian links until 2024 at the earliest.
That's because all of its 2023 summer tee times, costing £325 per round, sold out with two hours earlier this week. The course takes visitors on Tuesdays and Thursdays in four balls from 10.50am to 12.00pm and foursomes in the afternoons, leaving the other five days of the week open for its very lucky members. It's evidence of the unprecedented demand for golf post-pandemic that has seen participation numbers go through the roof. It's also a sign that US tourists are getting their travel bags out again and coming over to experience some of the UK's greatest courses.
Muirfield is home to 'The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers', one of the world's oldest golf clubs that was formed back in 1744. Muirfield has hosted the Open Championship on 16 occasions, most recently in 2013 when Phil Mickelson hoisted the Claret Jug for the first time in his career. The course will host the Women's Open this summer for the first time in history.
It's easily one of the best golf courses in Scotland and ranks 3rd in Golf Monthly's UK and Ireland Top 100 Golf Courses rankings. The world renowned links attracts visitors from all over the UK, USA and world to play and folllow in the footsteps of some of golf's greatest champions. The likes of James Braid, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Sir Nick Faldo, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson have all won Opens at Muirfield.
Another famed Scottish links, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, recently revealed it had stopped accepting 2022 bookings after taking 13,000 reservations. If you plan to play some of Scotland's finest links in the near future, it seems like you need to start making bookings as soon as possible.
Muirfield released their 2023 tee times at 9am this morning. Every single summer time was gone within a couple of hours. pic.twitter.com/6xUYkQyiB9March 16, 2022
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Honma TR20
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Honma TR20B
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x