Muirfield Village Golf Club was the dream and work of Jack, in association with Desmond Muirhead. The land was acquired in 1966, but construction did not begin until July 28, 1972. The golf course is situated on 220 acres, which includes an 11-acre driving range. The course was officially dedicated on Memorial Day, May 27, 1974, with an exhibition match between Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. Nicklaus scored a six-under par 66, which stood as the course record until 1979.
The 18-hole layout, selected by Golf Digest as No. 17 among “America’s 100 Greatest Courses,” played at 6,978 yards in its original form, but is 7,221 at present. It had 77 bunkers, a number since reduced to 71, and water can be a hazard on 11 holes. A Columbus Pro-Am on August 11, 1975 was the first event held at Muirfield, and the first Memorial Tournament was played in May 1976. The Memorial Tournament has grown into one of golf’s premier events, often called the fifth major. The course has also hosted the 1986 U.S. Junior Amateur, the 1987 Ryder Cup Matches, the U.S.G.A’s 1992 United States Amateur Championship, the 1995 Wendy’s Three-Tour Challenge, and the 1998 Solheim Cup.
Our beautiful Jack Nicklaus designed course will challenge the serious golfer and offer a pleasant golf experience to the casual player. The Country Club at Muirfield Village offers a wide range of golf activities. In addition to the traditional men’s and women’s tournaments and very successful junior program, we also offer lessons, clinics and activities for the entire family. We have evening recreational play for women on Wednesday evenings and men on Thursday evenings. These programs were developed to provide a social and competitive outlet for many of our members who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate during the work week. Tee times are taken for our members up to seven days in advance to provide equal access for everyone to premium course tee times.
With four sets of tees, for all skill levels, you will be able to shape the course to fit your game. We have recently renovated our 11th hole, making it one of the most challenging tee shots for any par three in the state. An hour glass shaped green is surrounded by three new bunkers all of which will call for excellent sand play. As we continue to follow our Nicklaus Course Modernization Plan, we will improve our already premier club feature, the golf course.