Special Events


This post was written by U.S. Captain Fred Couples as is published as a part of a series of Captain’s Blogs on www.presidentscup.com. To view the original posts, click here.

The Presidents CupAs it does every April, being at Augusta National Golf Club for The Masters inspired me to play some great golf during the week. I seem to find a comfort zone there each year, which has allowed me to contend into my 50s. I hope to continue to play the Masters for many years to come and can’t wait to tee it up next year, as I relish each and every opportunity to compete in one of the world’s great sporting events.

In Augusta, it was great to see and play with many of the players that I have captained in the last two Presidents Cups, as well as several players who I expect to play their way onto the U.S. Team for the first time in 2013. I played a practice round with Tiger, and also got an up-close look at Dustin Johnson in the first two rounds.

Congratulations to Adam Scott, who moved to No. 1 in The Presidents Cup International Team standings in claiming the first Green Jacket for Australia. Adam is a classy player and individual, and his Masters victory will add to the buildup of The Presidents Cup as the event draws near.

The world also got a view of the future in Augusta, as 14-year-old Guan Tianlang of China wowed us all with his skill, demeanor and poise. I’m certain sometime in the near future, The Presidents Cup International roster will have a representative from China as the game continues to flourish in that part of the world.

While my team that gathers at Muirfield Village Golf Club this fall will most likely have several Presidents Cup rookies, you will also see players that have been staples of Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup teams for years. Every captain is different in terms of his approach to a team’s makeup, but relying on veteran leadership has been a successful formula for me in leading the team in the last two playings. I want our young players to relax, have fun and be comfortable with their pairings, and our veteran players have certainly helped in that process.

I look forward to monitoring the U.S. Team standings in the coming weeks and months in anticipation of what should be a great Presidents Cup at Jack’s place in October.

* This post was written by International Team Captain Nick Price and is published as part of a series of Captain’s Blogs on www.presidentscup.com. To view the original posts, click here

Presidents Cup Trophy in Dublin, Ohio

Presidents Cup Trophy in Dublin, Ohio

Hello from the International Team and from my home in Florida. I hope the weather is beginning to warm up wherever you are, and you are dusting off your clubs getting ready for summer.  I’ve been in full-planning mode for The Presidents Cup since being named captain back in May, but we’re definitely getting busier and busier as the months fly by. I’m pleased to take some time and give you an update on how things are coming together.

The biggest development is that we had our first official International Team meeting a few weeks ago at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Doral is just a short drive from home for me, and it was a great opportunity to get together with the guys and spend some time talking about tactics and the competition itself. A total of 13 potential team members attended, and two of my captain’s assistants were able to join me – Mark McNulty and Tony Johnstone – so it was wonderful for them to be there and to spend time with a few of the guys they had never met before.  Our week together in October is going to be intense to say the least, so I think it’s important that we get to know each as much as possible before we get there. 

 You might be surprised to hear this, but Doral was my first opportunity to meet Jason Day and Marcus Fraser. I was very impressed with both young men. They’re talented young players, of course, but will have a lot to offer in the team room as well. Both are within the top 15 of the standings and have a great chance of making the team.

Speaking of standings, I’m really starting to track the points more closely now – checking the world rankings and performances of potential team members on a weekly basis. It’s interesting to note that Australians and South Africans are dominating the top 10, with Hiroyuki Fujita of Japan and KJ Choi of Korea the lone exceptions. With two big tournaments on the horizon – the Masters and THE PLAYERS Championship – I expect to see a lot of movement over the next few months. This is always a fun time of year to watch golf, and that’s even more true for me now as a captain.

 As always, thanks for your support of The Presidents Cup. I look forward to sharing another update after THE PLAYERS, when I hope to be celebrating a few big wins by my soon-to-be International Team members.

 Until next time….

*This is a guest post written by Mark Holbrook, Marketing Manager for the Ohio Historical Society.

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It’s that time of year when we all get a little stir crazy wishing for warmer temperatures and sunny days. According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the best ways to combat Cabin Fever is to socialize and connect with people you enjoy being with. On a recent Saturday in the museum at the Ohio History Center, I saw just that as families were exploring all the great stories of Ohio talking, laughing and forgetting about the winter weather.

I can’t think of a better way to get out of the house, have some fun with friends and family and break the winter doldrums than a weekend at the museum in the Ohio History Center. And, the new Cabin Fever Weekend activities in the museum are just what the doctor ordered. Legends, Lore and Life in Ohio kicks of March activities when you can build your own instruments and compose folk music, or listen to folktales during Ohio Wilderness Stories. Then you can explore some mysteries like the story of Bessie The Lake Erie Monster or the Shawnee legend of how the Crow became black.

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See a performance at the Echos in Time Theatre!

The second half of March, we focus on In The Home with a look at Housewives of History. Come listen to a 1950s housewife who is stuck in a pioneer log cabin as she discusses the differences between her kitchen and the pioneer hearth. And, while we are thinking kitchen, come learn how to make butter by making some of your own!

Museums have changed a lot in the past few years to become great places to get your hands on history and have some fun. Join us at the Ohio History Center all month and take home some new memories of your own.

For more information about the Ohio History Center’s Cabin Fever weekends, visit www.ohiohistory.org/cabinfever.

~ Post by Mark

*This post was written by U.S. Captain Fred Couples and was initially published on presidentscup.com on February 15, 2013. To view the original post, click here.

Muirfield Village Golf Club - the site of the 2013 Presidents Cup!

Muirfield Village Golf Club – the site of the 2013 Presidents Cup!

Hello from LA!  It’s fitting that my first blog for the 2013 Presidents Cup is coming to you from the Northern Trust Open, one of my favorite golf tournaments to play in, and one of my first chances of the year to see a lot of the guys who are going to be working to make the U.S. Team over the next several months.

This is one of our top-three courses on TOUR, in my opinion.  It’s right up there with TPC Sawgrass and Muirfield Village Golf Club as my all-time favorites.

I’ve only played one event so far this season – the Champions Tour event in Hualalai – so I’m a bit rusty, but I’m still very excited to be teeing it up at Riviera for the 31st time.  I found out the other day that I’ve now played in this event more than any other player in history.  That’s really hard to believe, and it’s hard to hear that without feeling old!  I’m paired with Bubba Watson and Lee Westwood for the first two days; Bubba was probably 4 years old when I played the Northern Trust Open for the very first time.

As far as The Presidents Cup goes…wow, what a start to the season for my U.S. guys.  Dustin, Tiger, Phil and Brandt have all kicked off 2013 with wins and are right at the top of the U.S. Team standings.  And then you’ve got rookie Russell Henley winning right out of the gates to get his name on the list and veteran Brian Gay outlasting the field at Humana, so he’s just outside the top 20.  I’m in between being thrilled about all of these guys playing so well and really nervous about how I’m possibly going to narrow it down to two captain’s picks in September.  If things keep going this way – and I hope they do – I’m going to have a lot of great players to choose from.  A good problem to have, for sure.

I saw that Nick Price wrote in his first blog that he’s already picked out his team’s clothes.  Nick is a pretty organized guy anyway, and as a “rookie” captain, he’s probably even more buttoned up.  I’m sure you’re not surprised to find out that I’m not quite that far along in the process!  But don’t worry…the U.S. Team won’t have to wear hand-me-downs or anything.  We’ll keep you posted on how things are coming together in the next month or two.

Until then, thanks for your support of the U.S. Team and The Presidents Cup.  I’m really looking forward to October, and I hope you are too.

A frog float in the St. Patrick's Day parade!

A frog float in the St. Patrick’s Day parade!

In case you hadn’t noticed, St. Patrick’s Day is just 27 days away, and in Dublin, Ohio, the city where Irish is an attitude, this holiday is a BIG deal! You see, in 2012, Dublin, Ohio’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was actually recognized by Orbitz as one of the “Top 10 Spots to Get in the Irish Spirit on St. Patrick’s Day”, and about 20,000 people attend the festivities.

This year, the City of Dublin, Ohio, will hold its St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 16. To start your day, have a hearty meal at the Lion’s Club Breakfast at Sells Middle School (food is served from 7 – 11 a.m.). The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Then, head over to Metro Center for an Inflation Celebration (9:30 a.m.) and watch the giant parade balloons come alive before your eyes! Next, get in the groove while listening to the Hooligans. The band will play at the Review Stand on Bridge Street near Indian Run Elementary.  Finally, the self-proclaimed “greenest, grandest parade”, led by the 2013 Grand Leprechaun, Cap Clagg, will kick off at Metro Center and continue through Historic Dublin. The spectacle features more than 100 floats* showing off their Irish attitude!

*To participate in the parade, apply on the City of Dublin website by Friday, February 22.

For more information, including a map of the parade route, road closure information, volunteer form and more, visit the City of Dublin website or call 614-410-4545.

We hope to see you in March! Visit www.IrishIsAnAttitude.com for more things to do in Dublin!

~ Post by Dawn

Have you ever volunteered to plan a special event for a group? Maybe a high school class reunion, bridal shower, work gathering or birthday party? It seems easy enough at first. All you have to do is find a venue, send invitations and provide food, right? Ahh, if only it were that easy. Many times planning even the smallest events can cause lots of stress.

If you have been volunteered to plan an event or maybe you were a brave soul and volunteered yourself – here are some insider tips on how to plan a unique event in Dublin.

Venues – Picking a venue should be one of your first steps in planning event, and Dublin has lots of options! Indoor, outdoor, private rooms, restaurants, parks….here are a few of our favorites:

The entrance at The Venue at Corazon.

The entrance at The Venue at Corazon.

The Venue at Corazon – Newly renovated and reopened in winter 2013, the Venue at Corazon is definitely one-of-a-kind. A vineyard, fireplaces, outdoor terraces, state of the art gym equipment and on-site catering make the facility a possible location for all types of events – corporate, weddings, rehearsal dinners, board meetings, etc.

Golf Club of Dublin – Some residents say Golf Club of Dublin has the prettiest sunset in Dublin. The back patio of the clubhouse overlooks the course and provides a stunning view during the warmer months of the year. Golf Club of Dublin is a public course that can work with a variety of groups.

Special set up for a bridal shower at TehKu!

Special set up for a bridal shower at TehKu!

TehKu – For a small, intimate event, try booking the private room (or possibly the entire facility). The owner, Inggrie, is not only creative, but always goes above and beyond to make an event special.

The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium – The #1 Zoo in America has a variety of indoor and outdoor meeting spaces. The Water’s Edge Pavilion (outdoor) can hold up to 10,000 guests. The Zoo not only has on-site catering, but they can also arrange to have animals present at your event. Pictures with a snow leopard or baby kangaroo are always a hit!

Dublin Arts Center – Another venue with breathtaking views! The Arts Council is the gorgeous, castle-like building off Riverside Drive along the Scioto River. There are special rooms to accommodate groups as small as 8 or up to 140 if you use the outdoor space, too. Events are catered and managed by Bleu & Fig.

Vendors – Sometimes it’s the smallest details that make an event memorable. If you want guests to take home a special treat from an event, contact the Candle Lab. They can work with you to create one-of-a-kind scents and labels for individual candles for guests to take home. If you are thinking more along the lines of sweets, try Sisters Sweet Shoppe. Are your guests Ohio State fans? Give them each a box of Buckeye Crunch to take home. Have any popcorn lovers? Ask for individual bags of gourmet popcorn.

Catering – Love the unique restaurants in Dublin? Many will cater your events! Sunny Street Café (Avery/Perimeter Loop) is known for their amazing breakfast, and visitors such as AJ Hawk, Eric Clapton and Phil Mickelson have all recently stopped in.  They have delicious lunch specials, too, that can be catered.

For more information on event planning in Dublin, visit www.IrishIsAnAttitude.com

~ Post by Sam

The holiday season is officially upon us! To celebrate, here’s five holiday happenings scheduled throughout Dublin this week.

City of Dublin Christmas Tree Lighting

1.  Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The City of Dublin hosts the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony tomorrow (November 29) at 6 p.m. in front of Indian Run Elementary (80 W. Bridge Street). See Santa, hear holiday songs, watch a dance performance and snack on hot chocolate and pizza from Late Night Slice food truck.

*Visit the Dublin library for cookies with Santa (7-8 p.m.).

*Donations of children’s winter gloves are being accepted for the Welcome Warehouse.

2. Historic Dublin Chili Cookoff

Six Historic Dublin restaurants face off in this culinary competition on Saturday, December 1 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Buy a tasting ticket for $5 and then vote for your favorite! Tickets are available at Brazenhead, Dublin Village Tavern, J. Liu, La Chatelaine, Mezzo, and Tucci’s. Advance tickets (buy 2 get 1 free) available at Ha’Penny Bridge Imports and Sisters Sweet Shoppe. Proceeds will benefit the MOMM Foundation.

3. Gingerbread House Auction

Place your bids on beautiful gingerbread houses made by local high school students during a silent auction on Saturday, December 1. Bidding runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will be donated to a charity.

The Nutcracker

4. The Nutcracker

Watch the Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics perform a rendition of this holiday classic at the Abbey Theater of Dublin on Saturday, December 1 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.

5. Wildlights at Columbus Zoo

The #1 Zoo in the Country celebrates the season with holiday lights festive music, appearances by Santa, readings of “Twas the Night Before Wildlights”, and more.

For more information about these events, visit www.IrishisanAttitude.com

~ Post by Dawn

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