Architect: Harry Colt, with recent changes by Martin Hawtree
Stats: 6,728 yds, par 71, SSS 73
GF: £195 for 18 holes, £250 for 36
Visitor information: Tuesday and Thursday only, must book in advance
2010 Ranking: 1 (no change)
Improvements since 2010 Rankings:
Course: Changes to 15 holes in preparation for the 2013 Open Championship

Panellists’ Comments: “Superbly crafted test of golf that asks you to hit every shot in the book”; “Muirfield may not have the picture postcard views of County Down or Turnberry but the course’s innate tranquility allows you to concentrate on the task in hand – a good job as it’s a searching examination of your golf game”; “Surprisingly visitor friendly, from practice ground to locker rooms the facilities are absolutely first class.”

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