Muirfield Village

Muirfield Village golf club
5750 Memorial Dr, Dublin, OH , 43017-9742 , US
Jack Nicklaus/Desmond Muirhead, 1974

Conceived by Jack Nicklaus in 1966 to be his hometown equivalent of Bobby Jones’ Augusta National, this 1974 collaboration with Desmond Muirhead was an instant smash, both for its strategic design and flawless conditioning. Equally impressive was how Nicklaus seamlessly integrated spectator areas into the closing holes, using hillsides and amphitheater-style mounding to provide patrons with clear views of the action. Nicklaus shut down the course this past summer, and all eyes will be on what the Golden Bear has concocted to thwart the relentless advances in technology when the course hosts the annual Memorial Tournament next year. Hard to imagine that the professionals now try to drive the sliver of green at 14 but that’s how the game has changed. And certainly the 14th has never flinched in being able to defend the integrity of par. That’s great architecture. (Photo: Keyur Khamar/PGA Tour)

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