Golf was first played at Muirfield in 1891 on 18 holes laid out by Old Tom Morris. Over a period of 30 years the land was drained and the sandy areas were seeded and cultivated. Consequently Muirfield hosted the first Open Championship to be played over 72 holes in 1892 and then again in 1896. In 1932, a further 50 acres were secured to the north of the course and a renowned course designer, Harry Colt, was consulted and he effectively produced the 18 holes that we see today. He introduced 14 new holes that included the now well known two loops of nine, one played within the other in the opposite direction. This is the design that made Muirfield one of the best and one of the most challenging golf courses in the world. It is still regarded as such today even in the modern era of long hitting professionals. Currently, advice and a review is being carried out by golf architect Martin Hawtree and a number of recommendations, mainly with regard to bunkering, are presently being implemented.
My first game of golf was at Muirfield playing with my father who was a member and consequently I had many other wonderful golf experiences there, not least the famous lunches!