Tuesday, July 14

MORNING READ: The Classic Golf Courses of Columbus, Including Muirfield Village Golf Club, Home to This Week's Memorial Tournament




IN MORNING READ TRAVELIN' JOE PASSOV wrote, "The late, great Dan Jenkins once called Columbus, 'the best city in which to study golf course architecture.'"

With the help of Ohio natives (and course designers) Tom Weiskopf and Dr. Michael Hurdzan, Passov highlights Donald Ross, Alister MacKenzie, Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, whose works "all dot the landscape."

There's Scioto Country Club, a Ross design; MacKenzie's Ohio State Scarlet course; The Golf Club, a Pete Dye creation; and, of course, Muirfield Village, the course Jack built.

Here's the passage on this week's venue:
MUIRFIELD VILLAGE GOLF CLUB 
Ranked 16th in the country by Golf Digest, 46-year-old Muirfield Village represents Nicklaus' first foray into golf course design with his name on the plans. Host to the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and to the Memorial Tournament since 1976, Muirfield Village continues to reflect the Nicklaus design sensibility, even as the routing itself was the product of Desmond Muirhead. The course features a preponderance of attractive, downhill tee shots, immaculate conditioning and natural-looking slopes that could hold thousands of spectators. 
Weiskopf contends that Muirfield Village serves up too many shots where water is in play — 21 by his count — and Hurdzan believes that the course is overbunkered, but both acknowledge that it was built to test the best in tournament play, and so the difficulty, emphasis on maintenance and the frequent design tweaks, must be put it that context.

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