Augusta National Golf Club
Augusta National Golf Club is a golf club in Augusta, Georgia, United States. Founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, the course was designed by Jones and Alister MacKenzie and opened for play in 1932. Since 1934, the club has played host to the annual Masters Tournament, one of the four major championships in professional golf. Augusta National is a for-profit corporation and it does not disclose its income, holdings, membership list, or ticket sales.
About Augusta National Golf Club in brief
Augusta National Golf Club, sometimes referred to as Augusta or the National, is a golf club in Augusta, Georgia, United States. Founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, the course was designed by Jones and Alister MacKenzie and opened for play in 1932. Since 1934, the club has played host to the annual Masters Tournament, one of the four major championships in professional golf. Augusta National is a for-profit corporation, and it does not disclose its income, holdings, membership list, or ticket sales. It was the top-ranked course in Golf Digest’s 2009 list of America’s 100 greatest courses and was the number ten- ranked course based on course architecture on Golfweek Magazine’s 2011 list of best classic courses in the U.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie were personally invited to Augusta by Roberts. Eisenhower took a liking to the club, becoming a member, and hired Roberts as his executor and financial advisor, who had a house constructed for Eisenhower on the grounds. Several holes on the first nine holes have been renamed, as well as hole #11. The course was formerly a nursery, and each hole on the course is named after the tree or shrub with which it has become associated. Unlike most other private golf courses, Augusta National has never been rated by the most public or public golf courses in America. The club is famed for its azaleas and dogwoods, and is known for its well-maintained impeccable appearance. It is the only major golf tournament to be played each year at the same course, and the only one to be held in the same city, Augusta.
The Masters was first held in 1934 in an attempt to attract crowds and players. As of 2020, Mercedes-Benz, IBM, and AT&T will be the tournament sponsors as of 2020. Berckmans Place is a 90,000-sq. -ft. non-public shopping and dining complex built in 2012. It operates for one week each year, during the Masters. Entry passes for the week cost USD 10,000 and require Augusta National’s approval; there is a 10-ticket limit. The price includes free dining at Berckman’s five full-service restaurants, each of which can seat hundreds of guests. Three large cabins on the property are reserved for tournament sponsors—as of 2020,. Mercedes- Benz,IBM, andAT&T. There is a pro shop and four putting greens dubbed the \”Putting Experience\”, three slightly smaller replicas of holes, and a course dubbed the BP 7, 14, and 16. The complex is located near hole 5, and customers can use an exclusive parking lot and entry lot. As in the rest of theClub, neither cell phones nor photography are allowed. No cell phones or other electronic devices are permitted ; no running or loud talking is allowed; and spectators are not allowed to cheer when a player makes a mistake. Security guards enforce these rules, and are traditionally provided by Pinkerton. Rule-breakers are permanently banned, if not prosecuted when possible.