Muirfield Village, USA
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Muirfield Village Golf Club
5750 Memorial Drive
Ohio (OH) 43017
ArchitectJack Nicklaus / Desmond Muirhead
Head Professional/Director of GolfLarry Dornisch
Telephone+1 614 889 6740
Location2 miles S of Dublin
Websites Golf Club Website
VisitorsMembers and their guests only
Club Secretary/ ManagerPat Larocca

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Muirfield in Scotland is the course of “The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers”, the world’s oldest golf club. It’s an architectural masterpiece and a layout that Jack Nicklaus thoroughly admires. His admiration turned into a love affair when he won the 1966 British Open at Muirfield and he decided to realise his dream by designing and naming his hometown course after the historic British Open venue. 

"I set out to build not only an outstanding golf course for every level of player, but a magnificent course for watching a tournament... I thought the Masters was a great thing for golf and that I'd like to do the same thing in Columbus." Commented Jack. Muirfield Village Golf Club officially opened for play on Memorial Day (27th May 1974) with an exhibition match between big Jack and Tom Weiskopf. Needless to say Jack won with an impressive six-under par 66, a course record that stood until 1979. 

Muirfield Village played host to the 1987 Ryder Cup matches between the USA and Europe. Team Captains were Jack Nicklaus (US) and Tony Jacklin (Europe). Having never yet lost on home soil, the US Team, under the stewardship of Jack Nicklaus playing at his home club, seemed unlikely to falter. However, the “Spanish Armada” pairing of Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal had other ideas. The European lead after two days was an impressive five points, which the US Team tried to claw back in the singles, but came up short, allowing Europe’s first ever Ryder Cup victory on American soil. Europe 15 - USA 13. The Ryder Cup was played at The Belfry in 1985 and again in 1989. 

No expense was spared in the construction of Muirfield Village with bold bunkering, water hazards and narrow fairways that require pinpoint accurate tee shots. The plan was for Muirfield Village to become Ohio’s equivalent to Georgia’s Augusta National and, in some ways, that objective has been achieved. The design is at once thrilling and thoughtful and the conditioning is immaculate. 

In 1976, Jack inaugurated the Memorial Tournament which he hoped would develop into a fifth major and the event would be held annually at Muirfield Village. The tournament has not yet developed into a major, but it’s certainly a tremendous event that celebrates human golfing contributions and achievements. Bobby Jones was the first person to be honoured and Betsy Rawls and Cary Middlecoff were awarded honours in 2005. Click here for more information about the Memorial Tournament.

As most of us know, events do not always go to plan. The Ryder Cup was held here at Muirfield Village in 1987 and big Jack was the captain of team USA. Surely it would be apt and fitting for Jack to hold the Ryder Cup aloft on home soil and at his home club? Unfortunately for big Jack, Tony Jacklin had other ideas and Jacklin successfully marshalled team Europe to a narrow 15 points to 13 victory. 

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Recently I had a wonderful opportunity to visit and play Muirfield Village on a warm fall day. Muirfield Village for me is true parkland golf, it's laid out across wonderful hilly terrain that I certainly wouldn't of expected to see after the drive down to the Columbus area from Toledo. Muirfield Village Golf ClubThe layout is certainly a tough one and it doesn't take long to realize Jack (Nicklaus) most likely built it to suit his own game, being that of one of the greatest players of all time. There are many holes that demand excellent shaped tee shots. The first, for example is a dogleg right with a fairway that slopes heavily from right to left. Ideally a cut is required to hold the ball in the fairway. The approach is to a heavily protected green that slopes left to right. One is quickly reminded of the Olympic Club which throws these type of holes at you all day long. In true parkland style Jack throws water into the mix on many of the holes and frequently near the greens. Target golf, it's like throwing darts to a given area, not many choices, not that many different ways to play the shots. A lot of do or die scenarios. The bunkers are huge and on many holes I'm certain many higher hcp'ers just end up picking up after considerable ping-ponging back and forth across the greens. Make no mistake about it, Muirfield Village is a championship venue built to test the best in the game. It's big and bold and can be very long if played from the pro tees which I fortunately did not attempt. The facilities in their entirety are second to none and Muirfield Village as a complete package is an amazing place and a great day out if you ever receive an invite to visit.
22 October 2015 See other reviews from this reviewer
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I have played many Jack Nicklaus designs, but Muirfield Village is by far his best. It is fantastically manicured, hardly a ball mark or a divot, or an unattended blade of grass. Number 18 is a beautiful 390-yard par 4 dogleg right with black walnut trees lining the left side of the lush rolling fairway. I hit my tee shot into the right fairway bunker, directly below Jack Nicklaus’ house. “I hope he’s not watching me through his front window,” I thought as I bladed my sand shot into the lip of the bunker and watched it dribble out onto the fairway. Then I hit a crisp 8-iron to that elevated green about 15 feet from the flag. “I hope you’re looking out that front window now, Jack,” I whispered as I proudly strolled up the fairway, imagining thousands of cheering fans surrounding this green on the final day of the Memorial Tournament. Were they cheering me on to make the putt? Or were they cheering Vicki for surviving a round of golf with her mother? Larry Berle.
25 September 2014 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Keith Baxter25 September 2014
The above review is an edited extract from A Golfer’s Dream, which has been reproduced with the author’s kind permission. A Golfer’s Dream, by Larry Berle, tells the story of how a regular guy conquered America’s Top 100 Golf Courses (following Golf Digest’s 2001/2002 list). Larry has exclusively rated for us every course in the hundred, using our golf ball rating system. However, Larry did not rate the 100 courses against every golf course he has played, but instead he rated them in relation to each other within the hundred. Consequently, in some cases, his rating may seem rather low. A Golfer’s Dream is available in Kindle format and also on Kindle Unlimited via Amazon... click the link for more. 
The best course I've ever played. The course is always in exceptional condition. Not to mention a world class tournament.
16 April 2010 See other reviews from this reviewer
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One of my friends who lives in Dublin is a member here and I’ve been lucky enough to play Muirfield Village twice, once just after the Memorial and the once later in the season. On both occasions I thought the course and facility was truly world class but, similar to Augusta, the layout seems bare without the stands and tournament hullabaloo. In my view this is a more exciting layout than Augusta with more risk and reward options on many holes. What it lacks, perhaps, as does Augusta, is a more open guest policy as it is so sad that more people cannot savour such a magnificent course.
08 July 2008 See other reviews from this reviewer
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John21 August 2009
It is a great course but it is NOT #38 in the world unless you reffering to their milkshakes. Really good course but please...#38?

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