Dublin - Ohio's Most Famous Golf Address

Dublin – Ohio’s Most Famous Golf AddressThe ascension of Dublin from tiny, quaint central Ohio village to its standing as a bustling suburban city begins and ends with one man. Jack Nicklaus led Dublin’s renaissance, transforming the Columbus suburb into an active community of over 32,000 and making it “Ohio’s Most Famous Golf Address” in the process.

Nicklaus was born in nearby Columbus, home to The Ohio State University he would later attend, and was raised in the suburb of Upper Arlington. Together with Arnold Palmer and Gary Player (collectively known as the “Big Three”), he is credited with turning golf into the major spectator sport it has become. The project that launched him into the stratosphere of golf course design, Muirfield Village Golf Club and its corresponding residential area, became the cornerstone of the Dublin area.

While Nicklaus was the catalyst for Dublin’s rise, he did have some help. Paralleling the construction of Muirfield Village was the completion of the I-270 outer belt servicing Columbus which paved the way for the rapid expansion. The explosive growth can also be attributed to numerous corporations, including Ashland Chemical Co., coming to town.

The Golf Club of Dublin

The city’s standing as home to the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament, an annual event hosted by Nicklaus that is one of the most recognized and prestigious on the circuit, helped Dublin cement itself as a burgeoning golf destination.

Now, golfers seeking new attractions and challenges can play “Ohio’s Most Prestigious Golf Address” through a creative online Golf/Hotel Package program offering a choice of nine hotels and 12 courses including Longaberger, rated by Golf Digest as the No. 1 “Public Golf Course” in Ohio.

Created by the Dublin, Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau, the all-inclusive packages are designed around individual and group requests. The Dublin Golf/Hotel Packages include greens fees, shared golf cart, taxes, breakfast and an overnight stay. Customize a Dublin Golf Package online by selecting your arrival and departure dates, numbers of golfers in your group, lodging options, desired courses and number of rounds. Golfers will receive quotes and availability information from several area hotels, via email. Dublin is home to 14 hotels as well as a dozen golf courses.

Foxfire Golf ClubThe twelve courses available in the immediate area feature a number of well-known architects such as Arthur Hills and run the gamut in terms of atmosphere and style.

The Golf Club of Dublin, designed by Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, is reminiscent of a course located on the British Isles. This 7,102 yard resort-style course is the first of its kind in the Midwest with authentic links features like 64 stacked sod bunkers, 1,800 feet of hand-stacked rock walls, rectangular teeing grounds, fescue covered dunes, enormous greens and water on 17 holes.

Located in Lockbourne, Foxfire Golf Club is home to 36 championship holes of golf. The Foxfire Golf Course offers a proud tradition of excellence and service that spans 30 years and with the addition of the Players Club at Foxfire, this Central Ohio venue is one-of-a-kind.

The award-winning Longaberger Golf Club is a layout that meanders over a setting of rolling hills with lots of elevation changes to give the course a beautiful look and feel. Numerous publications including Golf Digest and Golf Magazine have heralded Longaberger as one of the best courses not only in the Midwest but in the nation.

Longaberger Golf ClubOther courses available to play include Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club, Mill Creek Golf Club, Royal American Links, Scioto Reserve Golf & Athletic Club and the Safari Golf Club.

Golf is the calling card in Dublin, but Irish is the attitude and it’s reflected in a number of signature events put on by the city throughout the year and of course, in its name.

The Sells brothers, Peter and John, who purchased a portion of what is now Old Dublin in the 1800s, made a large tract of land available when the state legislature was seeking a permanent site for the state capital. In the end Columbus was chosen over Dublin, and after deciding to part with their property the Sells family had their land surveyed years later. Originally Sells Mills, the town was renamed Dublin by an Irish Surveyor in honor of his birthplace, Dublin, Ireland. The name of Dublin has in many ways shaped the spirit of the community.

Don’t’ miss the Dublin Irish Festival (Aug. 1-3), one of the nation’s largest events of its kind.

Dublin Irish FestivalThe annual Dublin Irish Festival was named “one of the biggest and best festivals in the country” by Chicago’s Irish American News. Set on 20 rolling acres, the event features more than 60 musical acts from the U.S. and Ireland performing music on seven stages. For the entertainment line-up or to learn more about the festival visit www.dublinirishfestival.com.

As is customary around the country, residents of Dublin take to the streets in mid-March to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but with such a rich Irish heritage they do it better than most. Traditionally held on the Saturday nearest March 17, the city’s celebration features a miles-long parade with plenty of Irish bands, floats and green. This coming year the event will be held on March 14.

While there is plenty to do in Dublin itself, the suburb is just minutes from the Jack Nicklaus Museum, The Ohio State University, the Columbus Crew and Blue Jackets stadiums and the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium.

For more information or for a copy of the Dublin Golf/Hotel Guide call 800-245-8387 or visit online at www.irishisanattitude.com.


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