Summer Horticulture Internship
Contact: Tim Hollowell, CGCS
Fax: (614) 889-6708
Education requirements: Student should be enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college horticulture program.
Experience required: Golf course not required but helpful and basic plant knowledge required
Special requirements: Desire to learn in the following areas: annuals, perennials, shrubry, small trees, greenhouse operations, irrigation, operation of various pieces of equipment, turfgrass management, management of small work crews.
Salary: Salary with overtime available 4/1/15
Benefits: Lunch, uniforms, limited golf privileges.
Muirfield Village Golf Club is the dream and work of Jack Nicklaus. The land was acquired in 1966, but construction did not begin until July 28, 1972. The golf course is situated on 220 acres, which includes a 15-acre driving range. The course was officially dedicated on Memorial Day, May 27, 1974, with an exhibition match between Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. Nicklaus scored a six-under-par 66, which stood as the course record until 1979.
The 18-hole layout played at 6,978 yards in its original form, but is 7,366 at present. Water can be a hazard on 13 holes and the courses initial 77 bunkers has since been increased to 81. A Columbus Pro-Am on August 11, 1975 was the first event held at Muirfield, and the first Memorial Tournament was played in May, 1976. The course has also hosted the 1986 U.S. Junior Amateur, the 1987 Ryder Cup Matches, the 1992 United States Amateur Championship, the 1995 Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge, the 1998 Solheim Cup Matches, and the 2013 President’s Cup. Muirfield Village Golf Club is ranked 14th by Golf Digest in the most recent “America’s Greatest 100 Courses” course rankings and 6th in golf course conditioning.
The Horticulture department is responsible for growing 12,000 annuals in the onsite greenhouses, planting and maintaining them, 4 acres of perennial beds and 10 acres of turfgrass. There will be renovations of landscape beds this spring with intern involvement in both planning and implementation stages.