As one of many oldest American programs, the Augusta Country Club can boast of being the oldest course within the metropolis of Augusta, Georgia, the place the distinguished Masters takes place each 12 months. No surprise the historical past of the primary Major of the season is intimately linked to this venerable, centuries-outdated membership.
Behind the fence, between brambles and shrubs, we uncover No. 12 of Augusta National, as if by the small holes made within the curtains of the theater to see the room. And within the fence, a number of openings by which free riders had quiet entry to the Masters…
With this fence, solely the well-known Rae's Creek separates Augusta Country Club from its superb, however youthful neighbor, within the coronary heart of a territory of an similar nature inside which there's nonetheless, alongside No 11, a cemetery whose inexperienced decor actually encourages everlasting relaxation.
Larry Mize's journey
It was right here that Bobby Jones got here to win the Southwestern Open in 1930, performed on this membership opened in 1899, for a very long time the idea of the long run American ladies's tour.
At the time, it acquired on its course of 6160 meters in event, the well-known Title Holders Tournament, a type of Masters for Ladies received by Patty Berg in 1937 or Kathy Whitworth in 1966 for its final version. And it was a younger man from the membership who wrote one other well-known web page in historical past, by successful the Masters, within the play-off on a miraculous blow inflicted on Greg Norman in 1987.
Since then, Larry Mize has been an Honorary Member of this Augusta Country Club whose historical past is informed by work, images, trophies, manuscripts which adorn the corridors of the large clubhouse renovated in 1989 whose terrace is ventilated in summer season by two big followers.
A bit of land at a excessive value
Here, we're within the coronary heart of deep Georgia the place many of the members are from, in contrast to the 300 of Augusta National who arrive from the 4 corners of America, simply thirty of them doubling.
Between the Fielding Wallace House, an outdated residence that belonged to one of many membership's founders, remodeled right into a Pro-Shop till 1920, and the majestic clubhouse frequented by 1,400 members, tennis followers included, a big course very imbued with the type of Donald Ross, one finish of which was offered dearly to Augusta National Golf Club to elongate its par 4 gap 11 and the well-known par 5 gap 13.
Our Donald Ross is “properly” tough, likes to explain Mike Corey, one of many membership's professionals, who remembers Brian Silva's latest wonderful youthful enhance.
In reality, we do not endure an excessive amount of there, even when the Par 4 uphill borders on 400 meters, if the No 8 does greater than 540, if the No 12 is a Par 3 the place the emotion is lived all through of its 204 meters… The spotlight, the inexperienced on the peninsula of No 7 whose slopes descend abruptly into Rae's Creek, the border river between these two personal golf equipment which settle for each different with out being thieves at festivals, their qualities not being opposable….
Comparing two masters like Alistair McKenzie to Donald Ross is a waste of time.
To see and eat with out moderation is way more thrilling.
Philippe P. Hermann