Muirfield Village Golf Club
The following content is transcribed from The President’s Cup website.
Jack Nicklaus always said that the Columbus area represented the confluence of his personal and professional life. Columbus is where he was born and raised, where he started his own family, and where a legendary golf game got its start and was nurtured. It is also where, arguably, the jewel of his early design career was born from a rolling piece of property in Dublin, just outside of Columbus.
For years, it was Jack’s vision to create a golf club that embodied his personal and professional life, and would forever stand as a representation of his love and respect for the game of golf. It was also his vision to create a golf tournament that would long represent his passion for tournament golf, and would give back to a community that has embraced him and the game.
One man’s dreams became a reality in May of 1976, with the first playing of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. This came two years to the day after the doors were opened and the first shots played at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The canvas on which all of this was created is where the course stands today on land once walked by Jack when he was a small boy.
Jack saw this site as the perfect backdrop for his dreams to play out.
First and foremost, Jack wanted to design a golf course that would challenge the world’s best players, but at the same time, provide a local, national, and international membership years of enjoyment in a truly spectacular setting.
Jack then became a pioneer, designing the first course in the world, from its inception, that was created with the spectator in mind. His creative use of “mounds” and “amphitheaters” became a model for tournament courses around the globe.
When it came to naming his masterpiece, Nicklaus looked to the origins of golf and the home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Muirfield, whose records date back to 1744 when the Club wrote the original 13 rules of golf for the first competition played for the Silver Club. Muirfield in Scotland is where Nicklaus represented his country for the first time in the 1959 Walker Cup, and where he won his first Open Championship in 1966 to complete his first career Grand Slam. It was a perfect fit for the name of his new world-class golf course and club.