Your Masters Fix…
9 April 2020 / Golf /
The Masters, one of the greatest golf tournaments on the planet, signals the start of the golfing season for many. Even though this year’s April event has been postponed, we still wanted to give you a special Masters fix, with some fascinating facts about this incredible event.
- Alister MacKenzie, the world-famous designer of Augusta National (with Bobby Jones), died before the course’s grass had even been planted. Despite his desire to experience his architectural masterpiece, he never did play or see the finished golf course.
- Club founder Bobby Jones, intended for Augusta National to have a 19th hole. This quirky extra hole addition, which never materialised, was intended to give golfers who lost their match over a standard 18 holes the opportunity to win their money back from a ‘double-or-nothing’ challenge.
- 1982 was the first year that players were allowed to bring their own caddies to The Masters. Prior to that, all players were assigned local caddies for the duration of the tournament.
- Members first began wearing the now iconic Green Jackets in 1939. Their purpose was to allow patrons (tournament visitors), the ability to recognise a club official if they required help or had any questions.
- The tradition of awarding the tournament winner a Green Jacket did not begin until 1949. Sam Snead was the first player to don a Green Jacket as a Masters Champion.
- Green Jackets are now among some of the most prized pieces of clothing in the sporting world. They are made-to-measure an only awarded to Masters tournament winners (and members of the golf club).
- In 1994, a golf fan came across a Green Jacket, by chance, in a Toronto, Canada, second-hand shop. He paid $5 for it. The Club subsequently confirmed the jacket’s authenticity as a garment from the 1950s. It was sold at auction for nearly $140,000 in 2017!
- One of the most famous areas of the Augusta National golf course is Rae’s Creek that runs through Amen Corner and has seen many players’ Masters dreams sink into its watery depths. The creek was named – long before its association with golf – after former property owner, John Rae, who died in 1789.
- The 34th President of the United States of America, Dwight Eisenhower, is still the only US President to have been a member of Augusta National.
- In 1952, it was the great Ben Hogan who came up with the idea of holding a Champions’ Dinner to bring together all previous tournament winners. It has been a yearly tradition ever since. The winner of the previous year’s tournament has the honour of selecting the menu.
- Since 1940, only one man has won the tournament during his first trip to Augusta National, and that was American, Fuzzy Zoeller, in 1979.
- The great Jack Nicklaus and a former standout amateur player, John Harris (now on the Senior PGA Tour) are the only pro golfers who are members of Augusta National Golf Club. The late Arnold Palmer was also a member.
- Each hole is named after a plant or shrub. An estimated 80,000 plants have been introduced to the golf course since it was constructed.
- Tiger Woods, who has also won at The Grove, was the youngest player to win a Masters Tournament. He was 21 years, three months and 14 days (1997).
Take a look at The Grove’s golf tournament series. We hope to host most of these events as planned depending on when the golf course re-opens. Sign up to The Grove newsletter, for regular updates and further details.