Inside the course: Muirfield Village Golf Club

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The fifth green at Muirfield Village
May 27, 2012
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts
Course superintendent Paul B. Latshaw
Original architect Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead (1974)
Par value 72
Number of TOUR events as host venue 37 (including 2012)
Course ranking Ranked 19th (out of 51) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011
Yardage history 7,265 (2009-present)
  7,366 (2007-'08)
  7,337 (2006)
  7,300 (2005)
  7,265 (2003-'04)
  7,224 (2002)
  7,221 (2001)
  7,193 (2000)
  7,163 (1997-'99)
  7,104 (1987-'96)
  7,106 (1985-'86)
  7,116 (1980-'84)
  7,101 (1977-'79)
  7,027 (1976)
Grass Bentgrass, Poa annua (tees); Bentgrass, zoysiagrass (fairways); Bentgrass (greens); Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, fine fescue (rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 13 ft
Sand bunkers 73
Water hazards 13
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Course record
Player
John Huston
Year
1996
Round
3rd
Finish
5th
Holes-in-one
Player Hole Year
Steve Stricker 8 2011
John Senden 8 2010
David Toms 4 2005
Tom Pernice Jr. 12 2004
Jim Furyk 4 2002
Hal Sutton 12 2001
Steve Flesch 12 2000
Justin Leonard 8 2000
Joe Ozaki 16 1996
Bob Tway 8 1994
Bob Tway 12 1994
Lanny Wadkins 4 1993
Kenny Perry 16 1991
Loren Roberts 16 1990
Fred Wadsworth 4 1987
Clarence Rose 4 1986
2011 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
An inviting downhill drive to an ample fairway. But bunkers threaten at the corner of the dogleg to the right, and a long drive hit too far left can find the creek threading the tree line or can be blocked by a cluster of black walnuts short of the green. The approach is uphill across a swale to a large two-tiered and heavily contoured green bunkered front left, front right, left and rear right. A spectacular finishing hole capable of accommodating more than 20,000 spectators.
2011: 0 eagle, 43 birdies, 212 pars, 104 bogeys, 20 double bogeys, 1 others.
Easiest Hole
An exposed, elevated, bunker-lined, double-dogleg hole, reachable in two by only the longest hitters. A rough-grassed swale sweeps from the right side across in front of the green. Bunkers guard the front left and right, and rear right of the putting surface, which breaks severely off to the left towards a wooded ravine. Not an easy hole to birdie, but the farther left the conservative player is on his second shot, the easier his third becomes.
2011: 5 eagles, 182 birdies, 157 pars, 32 bogeys, 4 double bogeys and 0 others.
Muirfield Village Golf Club2011 rankings Last 25 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 470 4.05 10 4.108 9
2 4 455 4.084 8 4.165 2
3 4 401 4.011 11 4.043 14
4 3 200 3.155 5 3.146 3
5 5 527 4.639 17 4.742 17
6 4 447 3.976 12 4.088 12
7 5 563 4.6 18 4.759 16
8 3 185 2.961 14 3.065 13
9 4 412 4.071 9 4.088 11
10 4 471 4.129 6 4.139 4
11 5 567 4.771 15 4.895 15
12 3 184 3.174 4 3.130 6
13 4 455 4.121 7 4.110 8
14 4 363 3.963 13 4.095 10
15 5 529 4.666 16 4.667 18
16 3 201 3.268 2 3.115 7
17 4 478 4.216 3 4.138 5
18 4 444 4.274 1 4.223 1
Course origins
Muirfield Village Golf Club was the dream and work of Jack Nicklaus. 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 6-under 66, which stood as the course record until 1979.
The 18-hole layout, selected by Golf Digest as No. 16 among "America's 100 Greatest Courses," played at 6,978 yards in its original form, but is 7,265 at present. It had 77 bunkers, now 73, and water can be a hazard on 13 holes. A Columbus Pro-Am on Aug. 11, 1975, was the first event held at Muirfield, and the first Memorial Tournament was played in May 1976. The course has also hosted the 1986 U.S. Junior Amateur, the 1987 Ryder Cup Matches, the USGA's 1992 United States Amateur Championship, the 1995 Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge and the 1998 Solheim Cup.
Tournament host Jack Nicklaus was the recipient of the 2005 GCSAA Old Tom Morris Award, GCSAA's highest honor. Nicklaus received the award at the GCSAA Educational Conference and Inaugural Golf Industry Show in Orlando Feb. 7-12, 2005. --Source: Golf Course Superintendents Assocation of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Muirfield Village Golf Club Dublin, Ohio 1976-present

The TOUR heads to Ohio for the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club -- otherwise known as Jack's place. Learn more about this week's host.

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