PGA TOUR Destinations


The Memorial


June 2009



One of my favorite tournaments and golf courses on the PGA TOUR is The Memorial at Muirfield Village in Columbus, Ohio. The birthplace of Jack Nicklaus, the course is a tremendous design on a fantastic piece of land with rolling hills. There are subtle water hazards on many of the holes. Nicklaus created the finest driving course on the PGA TOUR but did not stop there as the greens are some of the most challenging you will ever play. Each hole is characterized by a perfectly positioned tree or bunker that comes into play on a non-optimal shot. The risk/reward factor is the best because an accurate shot is always rewarded while there is just enough wide side room on approach shots to play toward the middle of the green and be left with a makeable putt. The greens are super fast with extreme but fair slopes to challenge players of the highest level. Mr. Nicklaus oversees the entire operation with an attention to detail that explains why he is so successful. The tournament is an invitational with a field of 100 - 115 players. The locker room and food is excellent with a complete menu of choices for every meal. The scores are not very low and two under a day will generally finish in the top 10 or 20 for the week.

Ohio State is in Columbus providing activities away from the golf course to occupy the downtime during rain delays that often occur during the tournament. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium near Muirfield Village is a fun day trip for the family.  It is run by our dear friend Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the zoo, and is host to over 6,000 species and is one of the top zoos in the United States. Attend the Memorial Tournament to see golf at its finest and include other entertainment for the entire family.