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.

Major Events Hosted

Future Events

The Memorial Tournament

Since 1976, Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH has hosted this annual event on the PGA TOUR.

Solheim Cup

In 1998, the Solheim Cup, which pairs the best American women against the top European women, was held at Muirfield Village.

Presidents Cup

The top American men defeated the top international men at Muirfield Village in 2013.

U.S. Open

The first major professional golf championship held in the state of Ohio was at Scioto Country Club in 1926.

PGA Championship

This men’s major has been held twice in Columbus, in 1950 at Scioto Country Club, and again in 1964 at Columbus Country Club.

Ryder Cup

The 1931 and 1987 editions of the Ryder Cup were played in Columbus, at Scioto Country Club and Muirfield Village, respectively.

Fast Facts

  • 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.

From the Archives: The booklet local officials used to pitch the PGA of America ahead of the 1931 Ryder Cup

Convention Hotels from 1931 Ryder Cup Bid Document

Notable People

Jack Nicklaus

The golfer with the most major championship victories (18) grew up in Upper Arlington, practicing throughout his youth at Scioto CC.

Ben Curtis

From Ostrander, he won the 2003 Open Championship. Curtis became the first golfer since 1913 to win in his first major appearance.

Pete Dye

A hall of fame course designer from Urbana. Dye was the architect of many top courses that have hosted majors.

Tammie Green

The native of Somerset, Ohio has seven LPGA victories, including a major championship in 1989.

Golf Timeline


Scioto Country Club hosts the U.S. Open, won by famed amateur Bobby Jones


The Ryder Cup is hosted at Scioto Country Club

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