Rutherford Cross is delighted to be retained by Muirfield to appoint a Head of Finance

Muirfield is a privately-owned links, ranked 4th in 2019 as one of the best golf courses worldwide and is the home of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Located in Gullane, East Lothian, the links is universally admired as a low-key, straightforward links with a par of 71. Muirfield has hosted The Open Championship sixteen times, most recently in 2013 when Phil Mickelson lifted the trophy.

The HCEG holds the claim of being the oldest verifiable organised golf club in the world, although the game of golf is several centuries older. The club’s records date continuously back to 1744, when it produced thirteen “Rules of Golf” for its first competition which was played at Leith Links for the “Silver Club”. The club played on the five holes at Leith Links for nearly a century but overcrowding forced a move in 1836 to Musselburgh’s 9-hole Old Course. In 1891, the club built a new private 18-hole course at Muirfield, taking the Open Championship with them.

In terms of organisational structure, Trustees are appointed to protect the assets of the club and decisions are made by the Board and then implemented by the Secretary. The Board is made up of 10, including: the Capitan, elected by club members with a term of 2 years, Treasurer, Secretary, Head of Finance and 6 other members who serve a term of 3 years.Visitor Logo

The club is a profitable organisation with the primary focus being the long-term sustainability and stability of the club. The club has an annual turnover of £3M with three main revenue streams including members subscriptions, visitors and the club house. International visitors account for a large percentage of profit and the club attracts a large number of golfers from the US given its rich history, picturesque setting and clever design of the course. In addition to this, the club is working with the R&A to host the Open Championship and other hospitality projects. In order to maintain its high standards, the club invests significantly into its infrastructure and has recently renovated the club house to a very high standard.

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