Muirfield Village

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Muirfield Village
Club information
Muirfield Village is located in the United States
Muirfield Village
Muirfield Village is located in Ohio
Muirfield Village
Coordinates40°08′26″N 83°08′29″W / 40.1405°N 83.1414°W / 40.1405; -83.1414Coordinates: 40°08′26″N 83°08′29″W / 40.1405°N 83.1414°W / 40.1405; -83.1414
LocationDublin, Ohio, U.S.
Elevation910 feet (280 m)
Established1974, 45 years ago
TypePrivate
Total holes36
Tournaments hostedMemorial Tournament
(1976–present)
U.S. Amateur (1992)
Ryder Cup (1987)
Solheim Cup (1998)
Presidents Cup (2013)
GreensBentgrass / Poa annua
FairwaysBentgrass / Poa annua[1]
Websitemvgc.org
Muirfield Village Golf Club
Designed byJack Nicklaus
Par72
Length7,392 yd (6,759 m)
Course rating76.9   (Memorial)
Slope rating153 [2]
Course record61 – John Huston (1996)
The Country Club at Muirfield Village
Designed byJack Nicklaus
Par72
Length6,875 yd (6,286 m)[3]
Course rating72.1   (Blue)
Slope rating130

Muirfield Village is an upscale golf-oriented community in the central United States, located in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb north of Columbus.

Origins[edit]

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 43 years ago in 1976. A bronze sculpture of Nicklaus mentoring a young golfer, unveiled in 1999, is located in the wide median of Muirfield Drive.[5][6]

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, Jason Day and several Columbus Blue Jackets players.[7] The community master plan and site development was designed by Bassett Associates of Lima, Ohio.[8]

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

Golf courses[edit]

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 2013, the eighteenth hole was lengthened by 40 yards.[9] He also recently made changes to the clubhouse and driving range. He added several suites overlooking the 18th hole and completely remodeled the inside of the clubhouse and renovated the exterior as well.[10] In 2014, Golf Digest rated Muirfield Village as the number one golf course in Ohio.[11] Also, Muirfield Village was recently ranked 14th in the United States by Golf Digest.[12] In 2014, the first-ever world's 100 greatest golf courses by Golf Digest ranked Muirfield Village 53rd.[13]

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 471 567 184 455 363 529 201 478 484 3732 7392
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 1 11 3 15 9 7 13 17 5 2 14 12 10 18 16 8 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. ^ "The Memorial Tournament" (PDF). GCSAA. Tournament fact sheets. June 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "National Course Rating Database: Muirfield Village GC". USGA. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  3. ^ "Course Tour". The Country Club at Muirfield Village. Archived from the original on November 14, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  4. ^ http://www.muirfield.org.uk Archived July 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Jack Nicklaus tribute sculpture". (Ohio): Dublin Arts Council. Archived from the original on March 29, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  6. ^ "Jack Nicklaus – Dublin Icon". (Ohio): City of Dublin. August 9, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  7. ^ "New hole at Memorial; overlooked rookie in Dallas". Golf.com. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "CardCat Item Display : Muirfield Village (Dublin, Ohio) [slide]". liblink.bsu.edu. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  9. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Nicklaus completely reconstructs Muirfield Village clubhouse before 38th Memorial Tournament". Foxnews.com. May 26, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "Golf Courses: Reviews, Best Courses: Golf Digest - Golf Digest". Golf Digest. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  12. ^ "Top 100 US Golf Courses 2017-2018 - Golf Digest". Golfdigest.com. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "First-ever World's 100 Greatest Courses ranking by Golf Digest recognizes two Nicklaus courses". Nicklaus.com. Retrieved April 12, 2018.

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