The Presidents Cup at the Golf Club of Dublin

The Presidents Cup at The Golf Club of Dublin

This post was written by U.S. Captain Fred Couples and is published as a part of a series of Captain’s Blogs on www.presidentscup.com.

I just returned home from an eventful week of Presidents Cup activities. It started off with a trip to the White House with International Team Captain Nick Price. We got to spend about 20 minutes trading stories with Presidents Obama in the Oval Office and even rolled a few putts on the putting green near the Rose Garden. Nick and I did our best to convince the Honorary Chairman of The Presidents Cup 2013 to attend the matches in October, and maybe play 18 with us at some point this year!

From there, I flew to Ohio to play in the Memorial Tournament for the 22nd time in my career. As a former champion of the event, I appreciate everything tournament host Jack Nicklaus has done to make Muirfield Village Golf Club one of the special places to play on the PGA TOUR. The gold course is always in amazing condition, and with the new expanded clubhouse and facilities, I have no doubt Muirfield will be a spectacular setting for The Presidents Cup later this year.

Also last week, I was thrilled to name on of my good friends, Davis Love III, as an assistant captain to the 2013 U.S. Team. A veteran of more than a dozen Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups as a play or captain, Davis will be a tremendous asset to the team, and I look forward to working with him and returning assistant Jay Haas.

Nine of the top 10 players in the U.S. Presidents Cup standings played the Memorial Tournament. I had the opportunity to play with or visit with many of those guys and get better acquainted with some others looking to play their way onto the team. Matt Kuchar, a regular on Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup teams over the last few years, won going away and moved to second in the U.S. standings as captain, that’s always a great result to see.

Automatic qualifying for 10 of the 12 roster spots on the U.S. Team will be finalized at the end of the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship, with my two captain’s picks to follow on September 4. I look forward to the home stretch of qualifying as the excitement builds for The Presidents Cup at Jack’s place.

See you in October!

Fred

* 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….

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Since opening in 2000, the Dublin Village Tavern (27 S. High Street – Historic Dublin) has become a beloved watering hole for locals and visitors alike (*try to find the signed picture of George Killian Lett – great grandson founder of Killian’s Brewery in Ireland -who made a visit to the tavern on its first St. Patrick’s Day). The pub recently unveiled a new menu that combines favorites and fresh additions. Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Irish Egg Rolls – filled with corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese served with a side of 1000 Island
  • Village Chowder – made with Potato, ham and cheese with fresh jalapeños
  • Irish Kettle Dinner – Simmered corned beef, Irish banger, cabbage, carrots, parsley buttered redskins potatoes and pot liquor
  • Guinness BBQ Burger – topped with choice of cheese, bacon & our house B.B.Q. sauce on a toasted Kaiser
  • Braised Beef Shepherd’s Pie – slow cooked in Guinness and red wine with carrots, celery, onion and peas baked under a potato crust
  • Geri’s Mac & Cheese *my personal favorite – baked with a blend of cheese and spices (top it with chicken, salmon, hamburger, ect.)
  • Irish Car Bomb Brownies – warm triple chocolate brownie with Guinness-whiskey caramel and Baileys whipped cream
  • Bread and Butter Pudding – served warm with Irish whiskey sauce and whipped cream

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Don’t forget to stop by during Happy Hour Monday-Friday where all beer, wine and drinks are $1 off. Try an Irish import on tap!

The Tavern also regularly hosts bands and book signings by local authors. Keep up-to-date by visiting their website at www.thedublinvillagetavern.com or the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau.

~Post by Dawn

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As you may have guessed, the March is our favorite month here in Dublin, Ohio! Our city is home to one of the best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country, and we strive to cultivate Irish attitude year-round. In fact, Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau recently partnered with the City of Dublin and local businesses to offer a calendar of unique Irish experiences, and many of them are being held this week! Here’s a quick run-down:

March 16

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Historic Dublin (11 a.m.)
  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Brazenhead (12 p.m. – 12 a.m.)
  • Irish Manor House Dinner Demo & Irish Pub Experience at Whole Foods Market Columbus-Dublin (1 p.m. / 5 p.m.)
    • See how to prepare an Irish dinner that is inspired by products of the Irish countryside and the heritage of the Manor Houses.
    • Sample Irish food, drinks and music at The Local.
    • Ireland’s High Crosses & Irish Tea at Tehku Tea (2:30 p.m.)
      • Learn about some of Ireland’s most famous crosses like Clonmacnoise’s Cross of the Scriptures and Monasterboice’s Muirdach’s Cross. Hear some stories about how these crosses might have affected the lives of people in Ireland’s age of saints and scholars. Materials will be provided for those who would like to create stories of their own on paper crosses. *$5 registration covers take-home gift.

March 17

  • Mezzo with an Irish Attitude (5 – 7 p.m.)
    • Enjoy a special adult prix-fixe menu ($20) that includes several Irish-inspired items (Ham and potato soup, Shamrock Salmon with Dublin Sauce, Bailey’s Irish Cream cheesecake, ect.), a children’s buffet, drink specials, musical entertainment and more! *10% of all food/beverage revenue generated from this event will go the Dublin City Schools Dodgeball Tournament to Benefit Dublin Special Olympics
    • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Brazenhead

For more activities, visit http://www.IrishApproved.com or call the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800/245-8387.

~ Post by Dawn

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St. Patrick’s Day might be 12 days away (yes, we’ve been counting), but there’s a party going on in Historic Dublin this Thursday! The inaugural Jig Thursday (a reboot of Sláinte Thursday) kicks off at 6 p.m. on March 7 and will take place the first Thursday of the month throughout the year. A number of Irish-inspired activities are scheduled during the evening, including:

Other features of the event include fare from local food trucks, trolley rides (from 6 to 8 p.m.), store sales and a special walk led by Olde Town Ghost Tours.

For more information, visit the Historic Dublin Business Association website at www.historicdublin.org or contact Brenda Kocak at Brenda@modernmalespas.com.

~ Post by Dawn

Our Cupcakery*This is a guest post written by Valerie of Columbus on the Cheap

After a long, cold winter, spring should be coming soon, and I’m sure you’re ready to get out of the house with your kids. Unfortunately, spring in Ohio usually means lots of rain, so you’ll need some fun indoor activities to jump into after your winter hibernation. Here are a few suggestions:

The Dublin Community Recreation Center is home to the Abbey Theatre, fun events like the Leprechaun Hunt on March 14, and the DRCR indoor pool. You don’t have to be a member to participate in the activities, and discounted fees are available to Dublin city residents. The pool only costs $4 for non-resident kids and $3 for residents ($8 and $4 for adults, respectively) and is great for exercise and fun. There’s also a Teen lounge if your older ones need a break from family time.

Whole Foods Dublin has several events every month for kids and families, including Kid’s Klub, Half Pints Club, and Mom & Me classes. Fees are nominal, if any.

Michael’s on W. Dublin Granville Road offers a Kids Club every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. where kids can do weekly craft projects for just $2.

Home Depot and Lowe’s both offer Building Clinics for kids on various Saturdays to help teach your kids about safety and building (*schedule varies by location).

The Gateway Film Center hosts a Hoot Family Film Series on the last Saturday of the month featuring crafts, short films, music by the Shazzbots and more for donation of canned goods.

Don’t miss the Eggs, Paws, and Claws at the Columbus Zoo on March 29 and 30, 2013. Also, save money with an annual zoo membership which includes parking and fun events like this.

Just want to take the kids for a sweet treat? Our Cupcakery in downtown Dublin has a build your own cupcake bar where you can select a cupcake and decorate it with frosting and toppings. The price is just $1/oz, with the average price being $3.

Rainy or cold spring weather is no excuse to stay cooped up in the house when there are plenty of activities around the city.  Check out Columbus on the Cheap for more free and cheap events in Columbus or the Dublin Convention & Visitors Center website.

~ Post by Valerie

The Kosmic Karma

The Kosmic Karma

I love pizza. Seriously. I eat it minimum of 2 times a week, and that’s why I couldn’t wait any longer to cover Mellow Mushroom for our Delicious Dublin series.

This groovy chain opened its doors in Dublin (6505 Dublin Center Drive) last March, and since then it has gained a loyal following that can’t seem to get enough of the Mushroom’s gourmet pies and hippie-esque decor.

Try one of their nine unique local items such as:

  • The Marley – Pesto base, mozzarella, sausage links, jerk chicken and onions
  • The Hey Dude – Ranch base, mozzarella, chicken, Applewood smoked bacon, jalepenos, cheddar and a Buffalo swirl
  • The Meatball Ricotta – Red sauce, mozzarella, sliced meatballs, ricotta cheese, sliced onions and basil

Or stick with a favorite speciality pizza like:

  • The Kosmic Karma – Red sauce base with feta and mozzarella cheeses, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and Roma tomatoes with a pesto swirl
  • Red Skin Potato Pie – Olive oil and garlic base with sliced roasted red potatoes, Applewood smoked bacon, carmelized onions, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses garnished with chives then drizzled with sour cream and spicy Ranch dressing
  • Bayou Blue – Spicy bleu cheese base topped with all natural grilled shrimp and Andouille sausage covered in mozzarella cheese and garnished with chives

You can also get a gluten-free crust or treat yourself to one of the restaurant’s salads, huge hoagies, calzones or mouthwatering “munchies” (try the pretzels with garlic butter and parmesan). For those looking for a craft brew, the Mushroom also has you covered with their Beer Club.

Learn more by visiting www.mellowmushroom.com or www.facebook.com/MellowMushroomDublin.

Have a good weekend!

~ Post by Dawn