Augusta National Golf
Augusta National Golf Club, located in Augusta, Georgia, is one of the most famous golf clubs in the world. Founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts on the site of the former Fruitland (later Fruitlands) Nursery, the course was designed by Jones and Alister MacKenzie and opened for play in January 1930 Since 1934, it has played host to the annual Masters Tournament, one of the four major championships in professional golf, and the only major played each year at the same course. It was the number one ranked course in Golf Digest’s 2009 list of America’s 100 greatest courses and is currently the number ten ranked course on Golfweek Magazine?’?s 2011 list of best classic courses in the United States, in terms of course architecture.
16th hole, Augusta National. 2005 Masters Championship I do not own the rights to this. All credit belongs to CBS Sports and The Augusta National Golf Club.
While Augusta National Golf Club has consistently chosen CBS as its U.S. broadcast partner, it has done so in successive one year contracts. Due to the lack of long term contractual security, as well as the club’s limited dependence on broadcast rights fees (owing to its affluent membership), it is widely held that CBS allows Augusta National greater control over the content of the broadcast, or at least performs some form of self censorship, in order to maintain future rights. The club, however, has insisted it does not make any demands with respect to the content of the broadcast. Despite this, announcers who have been deemed not to have acted with the decorum expected by the club have been removed, notably Jack Whitaker and Gary McCord, and there also tends to be a lack of discussion of any controversy involving Augusta National, such as the 2003 Martha Burk protests.
The Masters Tournament, also known as The Masters or The US Masters, is one of the four major championships in professional golf. Scheduled for the first full week of April, it is the first of the majors to be played each year. Unlike the other major championships, the Masters is held each year at the same location, Augusta National Golf Club, a private golf club in the city of Augusta, Georgia, USA. The Masters was started by Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones. Jones designed Augusta National with course architect Alister MacKenzie. The tournament is an official money event on the PGA Tour, the European Tour, and the Japan Golf Tour. The field of players is smaller than those of the other major championships because it is an invitational event, held by the Augusta National Golf Club.
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The tournament has a number of traditions. Since 1949, a green jacket has been awarded to the champion, who must return it to the clubhouse one year after their victory. In most instances, the green jacket is only removed from the club grounds by a first time champion. A golfer who wins the event multiple times uses the same green jacket awarded upon his initial win (unless he needs to be re fitted with a new jacket). The Champions Dinner, inaugurated by Ben Hogan in 1952, is held on the Tuesday before each tournament, and is open only to past champions and certain board members of the Augusta National Golf Club. Beginning in 1963, legendary golfers, usually past champions, have hit an honorary tee shot on the morning of the first round to commence play. These have included Fred McLeod, Jock Hutchinson, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player. Since 1960, a semi social contest at the par 3 course has been played on Wednesday, the day before the first round.
The credit of starting, ‘The Masters’ tournament, goes to Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones. This major golf tournament is held every year in the same location which is the Augusta National Golf Club, in Georgia, U.S.A. A player who wins ‘The Masters’ is automatically invited to play the other the major golf tournaments (‘The U.S. Open’, ‘The British Open’ and ‘The PGA Championship’) for the next five years. They also earn a lifetime invitation to play ‘The Masters’ and receive a five season membership on the PGA Tour as well as invitations to ‘The Players Championship’ for the next five years. In the year 2006 the prize money for ‘The Masters’ was a whopping 7 million USD.
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Located in Augusta, Georgia, Augusta National Golf Club first opened in 1930 In 1934 it hosted its first U.S. Masters golf tournament and has hosted every Masters tournament since. The Masters is the only major championships in men’s professional golf that is played on the same course every year, and it is easy to see why. The course at Augusta was designed by Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie, and is one of the crown jewels of the world’s courses. While many of …
Augusta National Golf Course. The course has been lengthened in recent years, and a “rough cut” has been added at the edge of the fairways. According to Phil, “You don’t have to be a big hitter to win here . . . If your short game is sharp, I think you have a chance.” But in fact Phil is looking for long drives.”Length is a factor here I (will) swing the absolute hardest . . .”
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