Ohio is affectionately known as the Buckeye State. Ohio also has a rich tradition in golf with its greatest claim to fame for golf in the state is being the birthplace of the one and only Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus went on to a legendary career as a professional and was also a phenome when he played the collegiate level at Ohio State. There are plenty of top notch courses in the state and there are also some elite professional and amateur Ohio golf tournaments.
When speaking of Ohio and golf courses the very first one that has to be mentioned is none other than Murifeild Village Golf Club in Dublin. It is here every year that Jack Nicklaus hosts his annual event The Memorial Tournament for the PGA. The greatest professional golf players in the world play in this Ohio tournament. Some of the other top golf courses in the state of Ohio are Kensington Golf Club in Canfield, the Ohio State University Golf Club on their campus in Columbus, Firestone Country Club in Akron, Walnut Grove in Dayton, and Shaker Heights Country Club in Cleveland. Every one of these courses has hosted big name tournaments in the PGA, LPGA, the Nationwide Tour, and other professional touring associations.
Besides the Memorial, there other big Ohio golf tournaments held on a regular basis. Some are held by the Ohio Golfing Association and include junior, womens, senior, and four ball championships. The Ohio State University golf team is always heralded as one of the most prestigious in the country and the OGA always produces talent that go on to play for the Buckeye team. The USGA also has their Open qualifiers here for the state and year in and year out always produce some of the top golfers who go on and do well in the Nationals.