The Memorial Tournament - Muirfield Village course preview

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This week the PGA Tour returns to Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, for the Memorial Tournament. GCSAA Certified Golf Course Superintendent Paul B. Latshaw, director of golf course operations, has improved drainage and firmness of fairways, restored the stream bank at No. 5 and reconstructed the cart path and bridge at No. 14. He also has worked with Jack Nicklaus Design to recontour No. 11 and No. 18 greens. Muirfield is returning to a more traditional and standard bunker raking style this year, as opposed to the wide-spaced rakes used the past three years that created furrowed bunkers.
 
It is difficult to nail down any one signature hole at Muirfield. When pressed, Latshaw offers the finishing holes as perhaps as good as any. No. 16 is a 215-yard par 3 to a green framed by two large trees, fronted by a grassy swale and a large bunker, with another bunker guarding the rear. No. 17 is a tough 478-yard par 4 with trees to the right causing a blind approach from that side of the fairway with a small, rolling green that is heavily bunkered and fronted by a deep, rough-filled valley that can threaten the second shot off a short drive. No. 18 is a 444-yard par 4 bunkers at the corner of the dogleg right, a creek along the left tree line, and a large, two-tiered, heavily contoured green that is bunkered front left, front right, left, and rear right.
 

 

grass type

Grass type:
Tees - Bentgrass; Poa annua, 0.25'
Fairways - Bentgrass; zoysiagrass, 0.375'
Greens - Bentgrass, 0.1'
Rough - Kentucky bluegrass; perennial ryegrass; fine fescue, 3.5'

weather

Weather: Cloudy skies Thursday give way to clear skies Friday through Saturday. A thunderstorm is possible on Sunday.

yardage

Yardage: 7,366 yards. Par 72. 76.3/149

signature hole

Fun fact: The course was officially dedicated on Memorial Day, May 27, 1974, with an exhibition match between Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. Nicklaus shot a six-under par 66, which stood as the course record until 1979.


 

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