Bubba golf.

Bubba golf.

Pacific Dunes.

Pacific Dunes.

Arnold Palmer.

Arnold Palmer.

Jack NIcklaus and Ben Hogan during the 1966 Masters.

Jack NIcklaus and Ben Hogan during the 1966 Masters.

Hogan.

Hogan.

The American Club (Kohler, WI)

The American Club (Kohler, WI)

Scotty Cameron Gallery Trailer

Bubba.

Bubba.

Up Rae’s Creek Without a Paddle: Tributaries of Rae’s Creek provide beauty, drama and menace throughout Amen Corner, most notably as the slender but lethal hazard fronting the par-3 12th. The creek is named for John Rae, who was prominent in Augusta circles beginning in the 1740s. Rae was a principal in Brown, Rae and Co., a leading trade partner with Indians in the southeast, primarily in deerskins, a prized commodity that the Colony of Georgia shipped back to England.

Up Rae’s Creek Without a Paddle: Tributaries of Rae’s Creek provide beauty, drama and menace throughout Amen Corner, most notably as the slender but lethal hazard fronting the par-3 12th. The creek is named for John Rae, who was prominent in Augusta circles beginning in the 1740s. Rae was a principal in Brown, Rae and Co., a leading trade partner with Indians in the southeast, primarily in deerskins, a prized commodity that the Colony of Georgia shipped back to England.

Augusta’s Other Architects: Aside from Alister MacKenzie, 10 other practicing architects have tinkered with Augusta National. Most underrated was Perry Maxwell, who converted the ho-hum par-4 7th into a terror, with its shallow, elevated green fronted by deep bunkers. He also relocated the 10th green some 50 yards up a hill and to the right. The most prominent change was made by Robert Trent Jones Sr., who in 1947

Augusta’s Other Architects: Aside from Alister MacKenzie, 10 other practicing architects have tinkered with Augusta National. Most underrated was Perry Maxwell, who converted the ho-hum par-4 7th into a terror, with its shallow, elevated green fronted by deep bunkers. He also relocated the 10th green some 50 yards up a hill and to the right. The most prominent change was made by Robert Trent Jones Sr., who in 1947

 


The Good Doctor MacKenzie: For years, it was mistakenly written that Bobby Jones chose Dr. Alister MacKenzie to design his dream course on the strength of Jones’ positive visits to MacKenzie’s Cypress Point and Pasatiempo in 1929. Actually, the two men had met earlier at St. Andrews, and it was their shared love of the Old Course that bonded the two. MacKenzie’s last visit to Augusta occurred in the summer of 1932, so he never got to see his completed work. He died on January 6, 1934, less than three months before the first Masters
 
The Eisenhower Cabin.

The Eisenhower Cabin.


The Real First Tee: Augusta National’s nines were switched after the inaugural Masters in 1934. Yet, records show Alister MacKenzie had first conceived of the current configuration, then changed the plan prior to construction in 1931, possibly to have the 18th (the present 9th) finish near the “new” clubhouse. The nines were reversed, to their present order, because the lowest parts of the course (today’s 10th through 12th holes) were susceptible to frost and drainage issues. Switching the nines allowed play to start earlier — and yes, for more drama near round’s end.

The Real First Tee: Augusta National’s nines were switched after the inaugural Masters in 1934. Yet, records show Alister MacKenzie had first conceived of the current configuration, then changed the plan prior to construction in 1931, possibly to have the 18th (the present 9th) finish near the “new” clubhouse. The nines were reversed, to their present order, because the lowest parts of the course (today’s 10th through 12th holes) were susceptible to frost and drainage issues. Switching the nines allowed play to start earlier — and yes, for more drama near round’s end.