January 3, 2019

Muirfield Village Golf Club

Dublin, Ohio / 7,392 yards, Par 72 / Points: 65.2030
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16. Muirfield Village Golf Club

Jack Nicklaus & Desmond Muirhead (1974) / Jack Nicklaus (2015)

This is the course that Jack built, and rebuilt, and rebuilt again and again. Since its opening in 1974, Jack Nicklaus has remodeled every hole at Muirfield Village, some more than once, using play at the PGA Tour’s annual Memorial Tournament for some guidance. In the past eight years, he totally changed the par-3 16th and par-4 17th holes and added a new back tee to the par-4 18th, extending it from 444 yards to 484. That’s how a championship course remains competitive. But with every change, Nicklaus always made sure the general membership could still play and enjoy the course as well.

100 Greatest History: Ranked since 1966. Highest ranking: No. 8, 1985-86 & 1989-9. Previous ranking: No. 15


Panelist comments, Muirfield Village Golf Club:

“The greens are an interesting case study, very severe with broad sweeping contours rather than cool internal contouring. They’re rather diabolical -- especially with some potential hole locations that are just evil. But that’s part of the fun.”

“Muirfield Village Golf Club is an exceptional course that provides a tough test paired with ultimate enjoyment. Margin of error is (very) low and misses almost always cause a fair one-shot mistake.”

“Grand, and at the same time elegant.”

“What an absolutely incredible course this is. It has such an interesting and varied layout from hole to hole, it poses an incredibly difficult challenge from the tips while being accessible for the average player, and it's just beautiful. Very walkable, very easy to enjoy every minute of it.”

“It’s fascinating to watch this course evolve as Jack continues to make changes. Multiple exposures to it allow you to fully appreciate its complexities.”

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Hole No. 8

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Hole No. 11

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Hole No. 14

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Hole No. 17

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