Muirfield 2013 Open
Designer: T. Yeltzman
Firm / Speed: Firm / Med-Fast
Top 100 Ranking (December 15): 9th
Designer’s Notes: Muirfield. Home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers
Located in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland, overlooking the Firth of Forth, Muirfield is one of the golf courses used in rotation for The Open Championship. Muirfield has an unusual layout for a links course. Most links courses run along the coast and then back again leading to two sets of nine holes, the holes in each set facing roughly in the same direction. Muirfield, however, was among the first courses to depart from this arrangement and is arranged as two loops of nine holes, one clockwise, one counterclockwise. This means that, assuming the wind direction remains the same throughout a round, every hole on the course has a different apparent wind direction from the tee. No more than three consecutive holes follow the same direction at any stage.
This recreation is based on the 2013 British open set up – see if you can recreate Phil Mickelsons stunning finish down the stretch.
Quick Review Notes: I have not played the updated Highlands version of this course, only the original Links version. This is very fun golf in firm and fast conditions, and one of the better looking Links courses that is entirely inland. The 17th is one of my favorites per 5’s in links golf, as evidenced by my re-creating it on my Doak Valley course (17th there, as well).
When the wind blows, this one really shines and plays as intended in real life. A good fair test.
Jimgem video (Links version)