Muirfield Village Golf Club was the dream of Jack Nicklaus and a vision born on a brilliant April day in 1966. It was after one of the Golden Bear’s rounds in that year’s Masters Tournament, and he was sitting with high-school friend Ivor Young, discussing how wonderful it would be to have something like Augusta National in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Young reviewed about 11 potential sites, and they finally chose a site where Nicklaus used to hunt as a boy. The first piece of land was acquired in 1966, and construction began July 28, 1972. In less than two years, the golf course was officially dedicated on Memorial Day, May 27, 1974, with an exhibition match between Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. Nicklaus carded a six-under par 66, which stood as the course record until 1979.
The 18-hole layout, a top-20 mainstay in Golf Digest’s biennial ranking of “America’s 100 Greatest Courses” since its debut in the survey in 1975, played at 6,978 yards in its original form, but has since stretched out to 7,354 for The Presidents Cup.
The course also has hosted the 1986 U.S. Junior Amateur, the 1987 Ryder Cup, the 1992 U.S. Amateur Championship and the 1998 Solheim Cup.
It has 71 bunkers; it has water in play on 11 holes; and it has countless admirers. Muirfield Village Golf Club was built to bring tournament golf to the passionate sports fans of Greater Columbus, and two years after opening, the first Memorial Tournament was played. The event remains one of the most prestigious stops on the PGA TOUR and a favorite among players.Muirfield Village is considered one of the world’s finest courses, but most important, it will forever stand as a representation of Nicklaus’ love and respect for the game of golf.