Category Archives: Muirfield

Golfers … southern Delaware County is YOUR place to be

golfers in southern delaware county ohioToday is supposed to be our first really warm day after a long, cold winter. I expect a lot of people will be hitting the golf courses today. If you live in or near southern Delaware County, you have many courses to choose from to play. Many are semi-private so check first.

If you like the idea of owning a home on a golf course, I can help you with that as most courses are lined with homes.

Here’s a list that I put together of the courses in the southern half of Delaware County. Click on the club’s name to go to the course’s website.

Southwest part of the county – Powell, Liberty Twp area:

Lower southeast part of the county – Lewis Center, Westerville area:

Upper southeast part of the county – Delaware, Galena, Sunbury area:

 

Why did southern Delaware County grow so fast?

newspaperA local newspaper reporter called me this morning to discuss the housing growth that has occurred in southern Delaware County this decade. I’m usually nervous about talking with the media for fear of being mis-quoted. I hope he doesn’t do that.

After our conversation was over, I thought more about why the growth has occurred into southern Delaware County. I think there are several events that occurred that set the stage for it.

  • I-270 made it easy to go from one suburb to another. Businesses (jobs) built up around the various interchanges. Suburbs located inside 270 were land-locked with limited room to expand further housing.
  • Suburbs, like Dublin or Powell close to the freeway, had room to expand their borders. They also had easy access to the freeway with major roads such as Rt 315, Sawmill Rd and Rt 33 already in place.
  • Lewis Center’s growth was impacted when Banc One (now Chase) built the huge employment center and the nearby Polaris Mall was added, both outside of I-270. Old State Rd provided access to that employment so many housing subdivisions were built off of that road.
  • Golf Courses have played an important part to the housing growth as well. Dublin already had Jack Nicklaus’ huge Muirfield Village but then Arnie’s Tartan Fields was built north of Muirfield. Powell began with Wedgewood, then added Scioto Reserve and Kinsale (Golf Village). Shamrock and Safari are nearby, but they are not lined with homes the way the other courses are.
  • The southwest part of the county contains both the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers. I’m not a geologist but it seems there is more variance to the terrain between the rivers, providing more opportunity for the wooded, ravine lots that many home buyers like.
  • The southeast part of the county has the big water reservoirs with Alum Creek and Hoover. Both offer boating opportunities, albeit they have different motor restrictions.
  • Dublin and Powell already had groceries and retail, but those types of commercial buildings have expanded to keep pace with the housing. Dublin added Perimeter Mall and Powell added the shopping at Powell Rd and Sawmill Pkwy.
  • Some of the northern most housing developments in the Lewis Center area were several miles from groceries, gas stations, and fast-food eateries, but with the recent addition of some new stores along Rt 23 at Lewis Center Rd, that is changing.
  • Columbus State Community college recently opened along Rt 23 and Ohio Health is at a certain stage of providing convenient health care for the area.
  • More growth along Rt 23 between Powell Rd and Cheshire Rd was on the drawing board but it has been put on hold due to the economic downturn.
  • Southern Delaware County is primarily served with four school districts: Dublin, Olentangy, Westerville and Big Walnut. Olentangy covers the largest geographical part of the southern part of the county.

Like thousands of others, I’ve found the county to be a great place to live and work. If you would like to join us, give me a call and we’ll go house shopping.

Dublin is getting prepped for The Memorial

Memorial Tournament flags, Dublin Ohio 43017Next week is the PGA Memorial Tournament, but as usual, this week Muirfield Village is getting all “prettied up” ready to put on a good show to all the media, dignitaries and thousands of guests that will be in Dublin for the event.

The special flags have been installed on the light poles and parking signs are up. All the landscaping is well-manicured. It’s very common to see many landscape crews working on resident’s lawns. Some of them rent their homes out for the week, then stay in local hotels. I knew a family who did that, as it was a money-maker for them.

Muirfield Village, Dublin Ohio 43017The Tournament begins May 31 with practice rounds through June 2. On June 1, there is a Military Appreciation Day. Those with appropriate military ID can enter for free. The Skins Game is on June 2, plus it’s Junior Golf Day, so kids under 18 can get in free with a ticketed adult. The actual tournament runs June 3 -6. At this time, Tiger is reported to be playing. (no comment)

I was offered tickets for one of the practice rounds, but decided to pass on them. I don’t trust Chief Leatherlips and what he may do to the weather.

I used to play quite a bit of golf years ago. I played in a weekly league and often played another 18 on the weekend. I really enjoyed the game, but naturally had the usual frustrations that can go with it. Thanks to my previous career, I had the opportunity to play at many nice resorts in Florida, Arizona and Colorado. I couldn’t drive as far as the guys did, but I hit it straight and was pretty good at chipping and putting, so I held my own.

 

It’s Muirfield Tournament week – naturally rain is forecasted

Copyrighted leatherlips monumentThe folklore surrounding Chief Leatherlips and the Memorial Tournament, hosted at Jack Nicklaus’ Muirfield Village in Dublin, seems to be in place once again this year.

Pop-up showers are forecast for this afternoon. Rain for Wednesday. More pop-ups predicted for Sunday afternoon. Yep … sounds like the Chief may be at it again.

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Muirfield Village in Dublin Ohio – the city that Jack built.

I confess! Muirfield Village is one of my favorite communities. First and foremost is that it is a controlled community – no worry about a big box store or yet another pharmacy going in on the corner. Plus, the deed restrictions are pretty strict on what can and cannot be done. This has protected the integrity of the huge development for 30-years.

Muirfield Village began as a dream of Jack Nicklaus, our local celebrity golfer. He grew up in Upper Arlington – home of the Golden Bears – hence, Jack’s nickname. He then attended OSU and the rest is history.

In the 70’s, Jack began development of land northwest of the heart of Dublin. At the time, there was much excitement about the pending community and golf courses. Some of our friends purchased lots intending to eventually build homes.

Just south of the entrance to the Village is a statue of Jack coaching a child on the “fine art” of swinging a golf club. I’ve tried for a few months to capture a photo of the statue as it’s in the median of the busy Muirfield Dr. Finally, one afternoon there were no cars in site, (a rarity) so I was able stop my car and take the photo.

The center of the Village is the Tournament golf course – Jack’s pride and joy. The Memorial Tournament is on the PGA Tour, and receives national TV exposure. The well-manicured course and the attached clubhouse are off-limits behind gates except for a chosen few. (A real estate agent driving a WEENR mobile is NOT one of the chosen few, so no photos are included in the slideshow below.)

There is another course called The Club at Muirfield Village that residents can join. The Club also offers fitness, pool, tennis and dining facilities. One must be a member to play, but others can play if invited by a member. I was fortunate to play the course a number of years ago thanks to the corporation I worked for at that time. Thank goodness it was a scramble so we didn’t really track our own score. My clubs haven’t been out of the basement for years, so I would never attempt it now.

There is a very wide variety of single-family home styles in The Village, so whether a buyer wants a traditional or an open floorplan, they are likley to find a home to suit them. There are also quite a few sections with patio homes (large homes, small yards) as well as numerous condo communities.

Naturally, prices increase according to their location if they back up to a fairway on one of the two golf courses. Generally, prices range from the high $200’s (condos) to well over $1 million for homes on the Tournament course. During Tournament week, many of the homes along the tournament course rent their homes out to players or corporations. The owners then stay in a hotel for the week.

The main north-south boulevard is Muirfield Dr.  Don’t speed on this road as the Dublin police monitor it closely and they are hard to see when they park next to one of the neighborhood signs. (no, I’ve not gotten a ticket!) The key east-west street is Memorial Dr. The entire Village is quite large being bounded by Brand Rd to the south, Dublin Rd to the east, Avery Rd to the west, and Glick Rd to the north. There is a small part of the Village that exists north of Glick as well. Most of the Village resides within Franklin County but some parts are in Delaware County.

If you think you would enjoy living in Muirfield and would like assistance finding a home there, give me a call.