If you love your golf, you’ll be eagerly waiting for The Open to tee off this week at Muirfield . The British Open, the only major held outside North America, takes place annually at one of 9 courses across England and Scotland. Over 160,000 spectators flock to the tournament to watch its 156 players battle to take home the legendary Claret Jug prize. Visitors can see some of the top names in golf such as Tiger Woods, Ernie Els (this year’s defending champion) and Britain’s Sir Nick Faldo.
The tournament is steeped in history and tradition, and this year’s venue, Muirfield, is one of the world’s oldest golf clubs, the present day course dating back to 1891.
Muirfield is considered to be one of the fairest golf courses on which to play, it offers a real test of skill with each hole enjoying varying outlooks and wind speeds to make the game more challenging. Spectators love the majestic grounds and close access to the course which puts you right at the heart of the action.
For the non-golfers there is plenty to see in the East Lothian area around Muirfield, with visitors enjoying the historic 14th century Hailes castle, the spectacular coastal nature reserve at Aberlady Bay and the Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum.
Scotland is the home of golf where the sport was first founded in 1744, there are many historic courses dotted throughout the country which make great places to visit for golf enthusiasts and historians alike. You can enjoy the spectacular course at Loch Lomond which offers stunning views across the loch or visit the historic town of St Andrews on the east coast and tee off on the Old Course. If you’re feeling up to the challenge of facing one of the world’s toughest courses, Carnoustie is also waiting for you!