Activities Sports & Athletics Muirfield Village Golf Club: Jack Nicklaus' Course Share PINTEREST Email Print Matt Sullivan/Getty Images Sports & Athletics Golf Golf Courses Basics History Gear Famous Golfers Golf Tournaments Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Brent Kelley Brent Kelley is an award-winning sports journalist and golf expert with over 30 years in print and online journalism. our editorial process Brent Kelley Updated June 18, 2019 Muirfield Village Golf Club, the creation of Jack Nicklaus, is in Dublin, Ohio, outside Nicklaus' hometown of Columbus, Ohio. It is the site every year of the Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour, which is Nicklaus' tournament. Yes, Muirfield Village is "Jack's Place." The golf course is situated on 220 acres, land that Nicklaus knew as a boy — his father took him hunting there. The name "Muirfield Village" is an homage to the Muirfield links in Scotland, where Nicklaus won his first British Open title in 1966. Muirfield Village's golf course is nothing like a links course, however; it is a classic American parkland golf course. Muirfield Village is considered Nicklaus' masterpiece as a golf course designer, and has consistently been ranked among the top 20 or so golf courses in America in the biennial Golf Digest course rankings. 01 of 05 Can You Play Muirfield Village Golf Club? Matt Sullivan/Getty Images Do you know Jack Nicklaus? No? Then probably not. Muirfield Village is a private club. Non-members can play only as the guests of members. One possible option, but for very few: If you belong to another upscale, exclusive golf club, you can ask your golf director to submit a reciprocal request. Here is the contact info for Muirfield Village: Address: 5750 Memorial Drive, Dublin, OH 43017Phone: 614-889-6700Website: mvgc.org (Note: Members can log in, but the website does not provide any public information other than location info and driving directions.) 02 of 05 Muirfield Village Origins and Architect Scott Halleran/Getty Images Nicklaus acquired the land in 1966, at a time when he was just starting to get interested in designing golf courses. He apprenticed himself to Pete Dye on a few projects (including Harbour Town Golf Links), and by 1972 was ready to tackle designing the golf course that he envisioned as the home of the Memorial Tournament. Nicklaus was assisted in designing Muirfield Village by architect Desmond Muirhead, but this is considered the first "Jack Nicklaus design" (and still, by acclamation, his best). Construction of the golf course started on July 28, 1972, and it took about two years for the course's completion. But Nicklaus still tweaks and updates the layout frequently. Muirfield Village was officially dedicated on May 27, 1974 (Memorial Day). Nicklaus and fellow Ohioan Tom Weiskopf played an exhibition match that day, which Nicklaus won by shooting 66. That stood as the course record until 1979. 03 of 05 Muirfield Village Pars, Yardages, Ratings, Hazards and Turfs Gregory Shamus/Getty Images Following are the hole-by-hole pars and yardages for Muirfield Village as it plays during The Memorial Tournament: No. 1 — Par 4 — 470 yards No. 2 — Par 4 — 455 yards No. 3 — Par 4 — 401 yards No. 4 — Par 3 — 200 yards No. 5 — Par 5 — 527 yards No. 6 — Par 4 — 447 yards No. 7 — Par 5 — 563 yards No. 8 — Par 3 — 185 yards No. 9 — Par 4 — 412 yards Out — Par 36 — 3,660 yards No. 10 — Par 4 — 471 yards No. 11 — Par 5 — 567 yards No. 12 — Par 3 — 184 yards No. 13 — Par 4 — 455 yards No. 14 — Par 4 — 363 yards No. 15 — Par 5 — 529 yards No. 16 — Par 3 — 201 yards No. 17 — Par 4 — 478 yards No. 18 — Par 4 — 484 yards In — Par 36 — 3,732 yardsTotal — Par 72 — 7,392 yards These "Memorial Tees" have a par of 72, a USGA Course Rating of 76.8 and a USGA Slope Rating of 155 (which is the maximum number for slope). Yardages and ratings for members' tees are: Blue: 6,739 yards, par 72, 73.8/150 White: 6,303 yards, par 72, 71.8/147 (men) and 77.7/148 (women) Green: 6,127 yards, par 72, 70.8/146 (men) and 76.7/144 (women) Red: 5,591 yards, par 72, 73.5/135 (women) Muirfield Village has bentgrass greens, with bentgrass and poa annua on tees and fairways. The rough is a mix of Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass, and fescue, and its standard height is three inches. The average green size is 5,000 square feet and green speeds during tournament play are typically 13 on the Stimpmeter. There are 79 sand bunkers and 13 water hazards on the golf course. 04 of 05 Significant Tournaments Played at Muirfield Village A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images Muirfield Village is the site of a PGA Tour event — one of the biggest, outside of the majors — every year, and you can check the Memorial Tournament profile page for the list of those tournament winners. Muirfield Village Golf Club has also played host to several other important events, listed here (along with the tournament winners): 1986 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship: Brian Montgomery 1987 Ryder Cup: Team Europe 1992 U.S. Amateur Championship: Justin Leonard 1998 Solheim Cup: Team USA 2013 Presidents Cup: Team USA 05 of 05 More About Muirfield Village Golf Club Matt Sullivan/Getty Images Additional facts and trivia about "the course that Jack built": The first tournament of any kind played at Muirfield Village was a pro-am on Aug. 11, 1975. The first tour event was Nicklaus' inaugural Memorial Tournament in 1976. The first tour golfer to win at Muirfield Village was Roger Maltbie at that 1976 Memorial. Maltbie defeated Hale Irwin in a playoff. Nicklaus won his own tournament at his own golf course twice, first in 1977, then again in 1984. The win in 1984 was his second-to-last PGA Tour victory (followed only by the 1986 Masters). Tiger Woods has won five times at Muirfield Village with victories in The Memorial in 1999-2001, plus 2009 and 2012. Muirfield Village is the only golf course to host the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and Solheim Cup, the three professional team cups involving Team USA squads. Only The Greenbrier in West Virginia has also hosted both the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup. When the Ryder Cup was played at Muirfield Village in 1987, Team Europe's victory marked the first time ever that the Europe/GB&I team won a Ryder Cup in the United States. During play of The Memorial, the 529-yard par-5 No. 15 hole has ranked as the easiest (4.691 scoring average) at Muirfield Village, and the 444-yard, par-4 No. 18 the most difficult (4.239 average) hole, relative to par.