Previewing The Course At Augusta National Golf Club Part III of III
Augusta National Golf Course – Architectural Features
Crow’s Nest: Available for amateurs wishing to be housed there during the Masters Tournament, the Crow’s Nest provides living space for up to five individuals. Rising from the approximately 30 by 40-foot (12 m) room is the clubhouse’s 11-foot (3.4 m) square cupola. The cupola features windows on all sides and can be reached only by ladder. The Crow’s Nest consists of one room with partitions and dividers that create three cubicles with one bed each, and one cubicle with two beds. There is also a full bathroom with an additional sink. The sitting area has a game table, sofa and chairs, telephone and television. Placed throughout the Crow’s Nest are books on golf, and lining the walls are photos and sketches depicting past Masters and other golf scenes. To get to the Crow’s Nest, golfers must climb a narrow set of steps.
Eisenhower Cabin: One of ten cabins on the Augusta National property, it was built by the club’s membership for member Dwight D. Eisenhower after his election as President of the United States. The cabin was built according to Secret Service security guidelines, and is adorned by an eagle located above the front porch.
Founders Circle: A memorial located in front of the course’s clubhouse, at the end of Magnolia Lane. Plaques at Founders Circle honor Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts.
Hogan Bridge: A bridge over Rae’s Creek that connects the fairway of hole 12 to its green. It is constructed of stone and covered with artificial turf. The bridge was dedicated to Ben Hogan in 1958 to commemorate his 72-hole score of 274 strokes five years earlier, the course record at the time.
Magnolia Lane: The main driveway leading from Washington Road to the course’s clubhouse. The lane is flanked on either side by 61 magnolia trees, each grown from seeds planted by the Berckman family in the 1850s. Magnolia Lane is 330 yards (300 m) long and was paved in 1947.
Nelson Bridge: A stonework bridge over Rae’s Creek that connects the teeing ground of hole 13 to its fairway. In 1958, it was dedicated to Byron Nelson to honor his performance in the 1937 Masters.
Par Three Fountain: The Par 3 Fountain is next to the No. 1 tee on the Par 3 course. The fountain has a list of Par 3 contest winners, starting with Sam Snead’s win in 1960.
Record Fountain: The Record Fountain was built to commemorate the 25th anniversary of The Masters. Located left of the No. 17 tee, it displays course records and Masters Tournament champions.
Sarazen Bridge: A bridge over the pond on Hole 15 that separates the fairway from the green. Made of stone, it was named for Gene Sarazen for a memorable double eagle in the 1935 Masters Tournament that propelled him to victory.
Important Note: There are currently no female members of Augusta, although women are able to play the course as guests of a member. The club’s lack of female membership received national attention in 2002 when Martha Burk, chairperson of the National Council of Women’s Organizations, publicly challenged the club’s stance. Pressure placed upon corporate sponsors of The Masters over the 2002 controversy led the Club to voluntarily broadcast the 2003 and 2004 tournaments without commercials.
Bill Gates, co-founder and chairman of Microsoft
Warren Buffett, American businessman and one of the world’s wealthiest individuals
Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric
James D Robinson III, former CEO of American Express
Harold “Red” Poling, former CEO of the Ford Motor Company
John T “Jack” Lupton, former Coca Cola bottling magnate and member of Forbes 400 List
Carl Sanders, former Governor of Georgia
Sam Nunn, former United States Senator
T. Boone Pickens, Jr., well known oil tycoon and member of Forbes 400 List
The Green Jacket
Every member of Augusta National receives a green sports coat with the club’s logo on the left breast. The idea of the green jacket originated with club co-founder Clifford Roberts, who wanted patrons visiting during the tournament to be able to readily identify members. The winner of each year’s Masters Tournament receives a green jacket and can play in every subsequent tournament. The jacket is presented to the new winner by the winner of the previous tournament. If the previous champion is unavailable, then the current chairman acts as the presenter.