Built in 1891 for a cost of £1,574, the original clubhouse was unkindly described as a ‘box-framed’ salon with its Elizabethan design and half-timbered main gable. The designer, Hall Blyth, a Past Captain of the Club, was an engineer but not an architect and which may explain the unique approach to the design.
Modified by subsequent extensions, the clubhouse now sits beautifully among the landscape, just behind the 18th green, as one of the truly iconic images in world championship golf. As you would expect, the clubhouse is delightfully traditional. The main rooms look out onto the course and are rich in history and an unrivalled memorabilia collection.
The centrepiece of the building was, and is, the Dining Room. Originally called the Grand Hall, this spacious room at first served multiple purposes: locker room, dining room, sitting room and bar. Apart from the removal of the lockers and the incorporation of the area now known as the Recorder’s Room, where the bar and cash desk are located, the structure and aesthetic of the Dining Room is exactly as it was when first built. Specialist display cases house the Club’s most important treasures.
Extended in 1982, the Smoking Room houses portraits of past Captains, and is the venue for morning coffee, drinks before Lunch, post prandial pick-me-ups and for dreaming of a spectacular recovery in the afternoon. It is an ideal gathering place for Members, their Guests and Visitors.
The men’s and women’s Locker Rooms, located close to the East and the West entrances respectively, were significantly upgraded in 2019 and are well equipped. The Club does not have a professional, but the Muirfield Room houses our high quality ranges of golf related merchandise for sale to Members, Guests and Visitors. Outdoor seating, on the Terrace or Balcony, offers striking views over the course to Fife.
The Club relies on a high performing team of people to ensure that an outing to Muirfield is both a pleasure and a privilege. The Secretary is in overall charge and he is supported by key managers on the Course and in the Clubhouse, who are responsible for course management, bookings and merchandise, starting times and caddies, refreshments and food, finance and administration. Our aim is to run the Club to very high professional standards and to look after Members, Guests and Visitors in a pleasant, respectful and personal manner.
The course at Muirfield was created by Old Tom Morris in 1891 on a modest area of links land leased by the Club.
Muirfield has been the venue for many special events: 16 Open and 11 Amateur Championships; the Ryder, Walker and Curtis Cups; and numerous international and national tournaments. Most recently we hosted the AIG Women’s Open Championship, early August 2022.
Prospective Visitors are requested to use the Visitors tab to access all the information required to help plan and organise your trip. The video A Day at Muirfield is especially recommended to help prepare for your arrival.