With some of the biggest names in golf teeing off at Muirfield Village Golf Club next week, Dublin is preparing for a crowd.

With some of the biggest names in golf teeing off at Muirfield Village Golf Club next week, Dublin is preparing for a crowd.

The annual Memorial Tournament will run from May 30 to June 2 and is expected to draw golf fans to Dublin for the PGA Tour event.

"All indications say it's going to be strong year," Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau executive director Scott Dring said. "Corporate travel continues to be strong, in terms of corporations bringing in people and entertaining them at the event. The hotels say they're doing very well that week."

Dublin hotels suffered the effects of the recession with a decrease in business in 2008 and 2009 but reported a 42-percent increase over 2009 last year.

"Compared to last year, we're on par," Dring said. "Last year we saw a tremendous increase."

In 2009, the Memorial Tournament drew 3,170 room nights to Dublin hotels. The number increased last year to 4,510 room nights.

Last year's numbers don't eclipse 2004, 2005 and 2006, which brought about 6,600 room stays for the golf event that is Dublin's biggest draw.

Dring still is expecting the event to help pad the city's coffers.

"The wildcard factor is the weekend. It depends on who's participating in the tournament," he said. "Eight of the 10 best golfers will be there. Tiger's still a question mark at this point. Whenever he does participate, there's no question: We do see an increase. But Phil Mickelson and others are still a tremendous draw."

According to the Memorial Tournament website, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, Fred Couples, Gary Woodland, Jonathan Byrd, Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen, Luke Donald, Mark Wilson, Martin Laird, Nick Watney, Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and Rory Sabbatini were all committed to next week's golf tournament.

Dring said Tuesday through Friday are the busiest days of the tournament as local corporations bring guests.

"There are a lot of corporations like Nationwide bringing people in for various reasons," he said.

Dublin also uses the tournament to entertain and market the city.

"The Memorial Tournament is a great opportunity for Dublin to showcase and market its city for future economic development," deputy finance director Bryan Thurman said. "It is also a great opportunity to thank those who have made Dublin successful."

About $195,000 of Dublin's expenditures is budgeted for the Memorial Tournament, which, Thurman said, "mainly goes toward the corporate package."

The corporate package "includes a villa at the tournament and catering," Thurman said. "The rest of the budget is to provide promotional items, invitations, decorations, media items (and) radio time."

The Memorial also provides Dublin with national attention, which, Dring said, will increase as the President's Cup that will be held at the Memorial Village Golf Club in 2013 approaches.

"I go to golf shows across the Midwest, and this past year there's been a tremendous amount of interest in the President's Cup in addition to the Memorial," Dring said. "It brought greater awareness to the Memorial Tournament, the golf club and Dublin. We're still two years out, and it will only enhance as we get close to 2013.

"Even right now we're leveraging the President's Cup as part of this tournament, as well," he said. "It gives us the opportunity to highlight Dublin and showcase it as a world-class city."

The Memorial will begin May 30 with a practice round. May 31 is Military Appreciation Day, when active, reserve, National Guard and retired military members are invited to see practice for free with military ID. June 1 is Junior Golf Day and children ages 18 and younger will be admitted for free with a ticketed adult. The Nationwide Invitational at the Memorial Official Pro-Am will begin at 11:30 a.m., and a junior golf clinic will be held at the Safari Golf Course at 5:30 p.m.

Official play will begin June 2, and the second round follows on June 3. The third round will be played June 4, with the final round and awards June 5.