Every spring Dublin hosts the Memorial Tournament at, and the city buzzes with golf excitement. This fall Dublin is going for another eighteen holes. Next week (Oct. 3 – 6, 2013) the prestigious Presidents Cup comes to Muirfield Village.
A Short History of the Presidents Cup
The Presidents Cup began in 1994 as a biennial event during non-Ryder Cup years as an international match-play competition. During the Presidents Cup a team of international golfers have the opportunity to play against the United States team. Currently, the United States is the defending champion, leading the series 7-1-1.
The teams do not play for price money. Instead, the PGA Tour makes donations to charity totaling more than $27 million over the past 10 years.
Team captains for the international team and the U.S. team are some of the best golfers of the PGA tour. Dublin’s own Jack Nicklaus has served twice as captain for the U.S. team, as has Tiger Woods in previous years. This year, Fred Couples will serve as the U.S. captain, and Nick Price will be the captain for the international team.
The Presidents Cup has been played all over the world: everywhere from Australia to South Africa. The next one will be in South Korea in 2015.
Only 2 other golf clubs hosted the Presidents Cup in the US. It never was anywhere in the Midwest. It is truly special for Dublin to have the honor of hosting this exciting competition.
What’s Happening at the Presidents Cup
If you’re coming to town for the Presidents Cup, you should be prepared for six days of fun. The competition starts on Tuesday, October 1 with practice rounds. Team photos will be taken, and the gates will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The real action begins on Wednesday, October 2 with a grand Opening Ceremony at Columbus Commons (yes, in downtown Columbus) featuring a concert by Rascal Flatts, one of country music’s top groups with roots in Columbus, Ohio. An International Food and Entertainment Festival will also take place on October 2 showcasing entertainment from all over the world. Expect to see everything from fire performers and stilt walkers to African dancers.
The opening ceremony will include a performance by The Ohio State University Marching Band. The Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus and team captains will be giving speeches to kick things off.
It will certainly be an exciting ceremony; unfortunately, it is sold out!
The real competition begins on Thursday, October 3.
If you did not get any tickets, watch the Golf Channel broadcast the event live through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, NBC will cover the event.
The closing ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, October 6.
Dublin is Celebrating
Dublin and its residents are crazy about golf. Here are a few activities around the Presidents Cup you should attend.
The Presidents Cup Fan Experience located at the main entrance to the Muirfield Village Golf Club is open throughout the tournament, starting on Saturday, September 28.
Golf aficionados can enjoy food, live music, and shopping. You may want to take a golf lesson from a local PGA pro or enjoy a golf simulator. The admission to the Fan Experience is free!
On October 3, Historic Dublin will host Fore!Fest, an exciting street festival to welcome the Presidents Cup to Dublin. Fore!Fest will close Bridge and High Streets for the evening and offer live entertainment from 5 pm to 10 pm.
If you plan to attend, join us at RE/MAX 24/7 for a free drink between 5 and 7 pm.
There will be music from notable acts like the Ladies of Longford and the Reaganomics. Dublin City Schools will have a stage where students form Dublin’s 3 high schools will have opportunities to perform.
Don’t worry about getting hungry either! Food trucks will be on hand to curb your hunger while you’re walking the streets of Historic Dublin.
Another attraction for visitors is the temporary community art exhibit 18 Drives Through Dublin. Eighteen enormous golf balls on tees are positioned throughout the city. Each is decorated by a local business or organization to celebrate Dublin’s dynamic culture.
The Golf Ball at the BriHi Plaza is dedicated to the Presidents Cup. Others showcase Dublin and Central Ohio with art dedicated to such local institutions as the Columbus Clippers and OCLC.
This exhibit will remain on display throughout the city from September 2013 to June 2014.
Dublin Real Estate and Golf Course Homes
If you’re coming to town for the Presidents Cup, you can expect plenty of exciting events this week.
If you love the action, you may consider moving to our exciting community. Dublin offers many upscale homes for sale around its golf courses. You may even want to buy a house at the Muirfield Village Golf Course where the Presidents Cup is played this week.
RE/MAX 24/7 is thrilled to support Dublin’s golf community. We hope to see you soon in our office in Historic Dublin at 106 S. High St.