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Muirfield is a tough, no-frills links that will host the 2013 Open Championship.
Golf has been played at Muirfield—the home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers—since 1891 on the course originally laid out by Old Tom Morris.
For the 16th time, it will be the host of the Open Championship in July, including eight since 1959.
If you’re looking for a course where the top players in the world are going to tear it up, this isn’t it. At 7,245 yards, it plays to a par of 71 and offers some unique challenges.
It was in 2002, when weather was extremely difficult, that Tiger Woods posted an 81 in the third round of the Open to take away whatever chance he had of winning the Grand Slam.
Most links courses run along the coast and then back to the clubhouse. Muirfield is unique because when it was built, it was one of the first courses to set up with two loops of nine holes, one of which ran clockwise, the other counter clockwise.
No more than three consecutive holes go in the same direction. And the fickle winds of seaside golf play all kinds of games with players.
All of that should make for an exciting, tough 2013 Open Championship.