Golf’s History in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus is home to some of the finest golf courses in the country, as well as golf’s greatest champion, Jack Nicklaus. The Golden Bear brought the Memorial Tournament to here in the 1970s, but major championship golf in Greater Columbus goes all the way back to the ‘20s.
The Memorial Tournament
Since 1976, Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH has hosted this annual event on the PGA TOUR.
In 1998, the Solheim Cup, which pairs the best American women against the top European women, was held at Muirfield Village.
The top American men defeated the top international men at Muirfield Village in 2013.
The first major professional golf championship held in the state of Ohio was at Scioto Country Club in 1926.
This men’s major has been held twice in Columbus, in 1950 at Scioto Country Club, and again in 1964 at Columbus Country Club.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship
This event at Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course in Upper Arlington is part of the Korn Ferry Tour playoffs.
The 1931 and 1987 editions of the Ryder Cup were played in Columbus, at Scioto Country Club and Muirfield Village, respectively.
OHSAA Golf State Tournament
For decades, the OHSAA Golf Championships have been played in the Greater Columbus area.
Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio is the only golf course in the world to host the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, and Presidents Cup. Many have pointed to the excitement level of the golf course, particularly the back-nine, as a reason why it is a great host for a match-play event.
Two courses in the Columbus area annually host the largest U.S. Open Final Qualifier in the country. The qualifier attracts many of the top players in the world due to it typically being played the day after the Memorial Tournament concludes.
The Ohio State University Men’s golf program has seen over 30 former players compete on the PGA TOUR.
The record for most OHSAA state golf titles belongs to programs in the Columbus area. The Upper Arlington Boys Golf team has won 17 times, while the Dublin Jerome Girls Golf program has six championships.
The golfer with the most major championship victories (18) grew up in Upper Arlington, practicing throughout his youth at Scioto CC.
From Ostrander, he won the 2003 Open Championship. Curtis became the first golfer since 1913 to win in his first major appearance.
A hall of fame course designer from Urbana. Dye was the architect of many top courses that have hosted majors.
The native of Somerset, Ohio has seven LPGA victories, including a major championship in 1989.
Scioto Country Club hosts the U.S. Open, won by famed amateur Bobby Jones
The Ryder Cup is hosted at Scioto Country Club
18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus is born in Columbus
Muirfield Village is opened in Dublin, designed by Jack Nicklaus
The Ohio State Men’s Golf program wins their second NCAA Championship
Jack Nicklaus famously wins his 18th major title at The Masters Tournament.
Ben Curtis, an Ostrander native, wins in his major debut at the Open Championship.
Muirfield Village becomes the first course to host all three major international team events.
Muirfield Village hosts two PGA Tour events in consecutive weeks, due to COVID.
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