Muirfield Village

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Muirfield Village
Club information
Location Dublin, Ohio, U.S.
Established 1974
Type Private
Total holes 18
Tournaments hosted

Memorial Tournament

2013 Presidents Cup
Website mvgc.org
Muirfield Village Golf Club
Designed by Jack Nicklaus
Par 72
Length 7,337 yd (6,709 m)
Course rating 76.9   (Memorial)
Slope rating 153 [1]
Course record 61 – John Huston (1996)
The Country Club at Muirfield Village
Designed by Jack Nicklaus
Par 72
Length 6,875 yd (6,286 m)[2]
Course rating 72.1   (Blue)
Slope rating 130 [3]

Muirfield Village is an upscale golf-oriented community located in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb north of Columbus . Founded by Jack Nicklaus, it is named after Muirfield, Scotland,[4] where he won the first of his three British Open titles in 1966 to complete the first of his three career grand slams. The village contains an eponymous golf course that hosts the Memorial Tournament, a PGA Tour event played each spring since its inception in 1976. A statue of the founder can be found along Muirfield Drive.

Although the land for the Muirfield Village Golf Club was acquired in 1966, construction began six years later and the golf club officially opened in May 1974, the same year that homes began to be sold. Muirfield Village is one of the wealthiest and most notable neighborhoods in Central Ohio, and is home to many local CEOs and celebrities including Jack Hanna, Urban Meyer and others. The community master plan and site development was designed by Bassett Associates of Lima, Ohio.[5]

Muirfield Village functions as its own taxing unit with power to raise money for street lights, landscaping, and other municipal-like functions, despite being with the city of Dublin. It has its own neighborhood council for residents to participate in.

Two golf courses are located within Muirfield Village: The Country Club at Muirfield, which also has tennis and swimming, and the signature Muirfield Village Golf Club, where the Memorial Tournament is held annually. MVGC has also hosted several national championships and international team competitions, including the 1992 U.S. Amateur, 1987 Ryder Cup, the 1998 Solheim Cup, the 1986 U.S. Junior Amateur and the 2013 Presidents Cup. It and The Greenbrier in West Virginia, are the only two places to have hosted both the Ryder and Solheim Cups. When asked whether he would be interested in captaining the U.S. squad in the matches on his home course, Jack Nicklaus responded that although he would enjoy it, he believes captains should be more "current" with the players on the team.

Muirfield Village is controlled by Nicklaus, and each fall he makes changes to the course in order to accommodate new technology, make the course more enjoyable for members and tournament spectators, or simply offer a tougher test for the pros. In recent years changes have included lengthening several holes, including the first, tenth, twelfth, and seventeenth, adding bunkers, particularly at the tenth and seventeenth, and re routing a stream on the eighteenth hole. In 2005, Golf Digest rated Muirfield Village as the top golf course in Ohio, an honor which it retained for the next two years.[6] It has also consistently been among the top 25 courses in the United States.[7]

Membership in MVGC is concentrated in Columbus and Ohio generally, however there is a substantial national and international membership as well. The club has sleeping quarters on the property for member use.

Scorecard[edit]

Muirfield Village Golf Club
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Memorial 76.9 / 153 470 455 401 200 527 447 563 185 412 3660 471 567 184 455 363 529 201 478 444 3692 7352
Blue 74.1 / 148 419 411 374 189 505 383 548 160 387 3376 423 522 160 405 336 491 175 428 423 3363 6739
White 72.0 / 143 388 399 366 162 473 372 518 136 366 3180 413 484 143 359 325 466 152 388 393 3123 6303
Green 71.1 / 142 378 369 364 160 461 357 510 130 356 3085 410 465 138 352 320 458 135 378 386 3042 6127
Handicap 11 3 1 15 9 7 13 17 5 2 14 12 10 8 16 18 6 4
Par 4 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 36 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 36 72
White 77.7 / 148 388 399 366 162 473 372 518 136 366 3180 413 484 143 359 325 466 152 388 393 3123 6303
Green 76.7 / 144 378 369 364 160 461 357 510 130 356 3085 410 465 138 352 320 458 135 378 386 3042 6127
Red 73.5 / 135 366 359 327 138 384 352 487 118 303 2834 389 457 107 328 269 376 117 341 373 2757 5591

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Course Rating Database: Muirfield Village GC". USGA. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Course Tour". The Country Club at Muirfield Village. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ "National Course Rating Database: The Country Club at Muirfield". USGA. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.muirfield.org.uk
  5. ^ http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/702807
  6. ^ "Golf Digest Best Golf Courses in Ohio". State-by-State Rankings. Retrieved 2007-06-04. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Golf Digest America's Greatest 100 Golf Courses". Archived from the original on June 7, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 

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Coordinates: 40°08′26″N 83°08′29″W / 40.1405°N 83.1414°W / 40.1405; -83.1414