History of Augusta National & The Masters Tournament
A Classic American Tradition
Upon his retirement from championship golf in 1930, Bobby Jones had hoped to realize his dream of building a golf course. Following a brief conversation with Clifford Roberts, with whom Jones had met several times during the mid-1920s, it was decided the club would be built near Augusta, Georgia, provided a suitable piece of ground was available. According to Jones' plans, the course would utilize the natural advantages of the property and use mounds rather than too many bunkers. It was hoped the property would have a natural creek to use as a water hazard. Jones wanted this concept of golf course architecture to make a contribution to the game as well as give expression to his ideas about golf course design. This club would be open during the winter season only.
A mutual friend of Jones and Roberts, Thomas Barrett, Jr., was consulted and recommended a 365-acre property called Fruitland Nurseries. Once an indigo plantation, it was purchased in 1857 by Belgian Baron Louis Mathieu Edouard Berckmans who was a horticulturist by hobby. Berckmans' son, Prosper Julius Alphonse, was an agronomist and horticulturist by profession and the two formed a partnership in 1858. Operating under the name Fruitland Nurseries, the company imported many trees and plants from various countries. The Baron died in 1883. Prosper's death followed in 1910 and the nursery ceased operations by the time its charter expired in 1918. A great variety of flowering plants and trees, including a long row of magnolias which were planted before the Civil War and a plant Prosper popularized called the azalea, remained on the property.
Upon seeing the property from what is now the practice putting green, Jones said, "Perfect! And to think this ground has been lying here all these years waiting for someone to come along and lay a golf course on it."
An option was taken on the property for $70,000. It was decided to establish a national membership for the club, and Jones proposed Augusta National would be an appropriate name. Jones also decided in the planning stage that he wanted Dr. Alister Mackenzie of Scotland to serve as the course architect since the pair held similar views. Before coming to Augusta, Mackenzie had designed two courses in California, Pasatiempo and Cypress Point. Mackenzie died in January 1934, two months before the first Tournament.
Construction on the new course began in the first half of 1931 and the course opened in December 1932 with a limited amount of member play. Formal opening took place in January 1933.US Masters Golf Tournament FAQ
When is the 2017 Masters Tournament?
The 2017 Masters Golf Tournament starts on Monday, April 3rd and runs until Championship Sunday, April 9th.
Where is the Masters Golf Tournament?
The Masters is always held in Augusta, Georgia at Augusta Country Club. It is golf's only Major Championship that doesn't rotate venues.
How can I get tickets to the Masters Tournament?
The easiest way to get a ticket to the Masters is to buy from a reputable company as Magnolia Manor who have serving Masters clients for 32 years. But in 2012 Augusta National began offering a small number of tournament tickets available online. You can either enter in Augusta National's lottery (found here.)
Who has the best Masters hospitality?
That's a very good question. We at Magnolia Manor believe we deliver Augusta's best hospitality experience. We believe this for three distinct reasons.
- Price- we deliver the cheapest Masters tickets on the market
- Experience-We have owned and operated Magnolia Manor since 2004. We were the first purpose built Hospitality manor in Augusta. With over 10 years of experience we have refined our hospitality service to accommodate all of our guest's wants and needs.
- Guest services- We believe that we deliver the best experience to our clients. We use the best chefs in Augusta, we hand pick all of our servers for reliability and attitude, we offer unmatched value with complimentary valet parking, shuttle services, massages, along with world class food & drink.
When will future Masters Golf Tournaments be held?
- 2017 Masters Tournament: April 3-9
- 2018 Masters Tournament: April 2-8
- 2019 Masters Tournament: April 8-14
- 2020 Masters Tournament: April 6-12
- 2021 Masters Tournament: April 5-11
- 2022 Masters Tournament: April 4-10
- 2023 Masters Tournament: April 3-9
- 2024 Masters Tournament: April 8-14
- 2025 Masters Tournament: April 7-13
Where is Magnolia Manor Hospitality?
Magnolia Manor is located about 100 yards down Magnolia Drive off Washington Road. This puts Magnolia Manor 750 yards from the main walking gate at Augusta National. But don't worry about a walk in the early morning. Magnolia Manor has around 10 shuttles running to the course and back to the Manor from 6:30 AM till 2 hour after the course closes.
Can I take my phone to the course during the Masters?
Sadly not. Augusta National does not allow cell phones on course grounds at any time. They will be checking purses and you will have to walk through a metal detector but if you have brought a phone by mistake there is a storage area just beside the entrance. (Beware pickup at the end of the day can have a long line). Magnolia Manor offers a complimentary service to keep all of your prohibited items in a safe location within the Manor.
What items are prohibited from the Masters Tournament?
Augusta National doesn't allow large purses (over 10” x 10”x 12”), iPads or other tablets, coolers, strollers, flags, cameras.
Can I bring a camera to the Masters Tournament?
You are allowed to bring a camera to the course during the Practice round days- Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. But you are not allowed to bring any cameras on Masters Tournament days- Thursday to Sunday.
Where can I park at the Masters?
Magnolia Manor Hospitality has a full staff of valets on site to allow you a smooth and easy drop-off and pick up.
Where can we eat at the Masters?
Magnolia Manor offers two different dining areas and bars. We have a rotating menu and server breakfast, lunch, and dinner. See a sample menu here.
How do I get my Masters Tournament tickets?
You will pick up your tickets at Magnolia Manor each morning you will receive your tickets in exchange for a valid Driver's license or passport (Thursday to Sunday) . When you turn back in the pass, we return your license/passport. Practice round tickets will be sent to you prior to arriving in Augusta.
What is the Masters Par 3 Contest?
The Par 3 Contest is held on the Wednesday before the start of the Masters Tournament. It's a 9 hole, Par 3 tournament filled with Tournament participants, noncompeting past champions, and honorary invitees.
What's with the Masters Green Jacket?
The famous Green jacket was first given out to members of Augusta National in 1937 as a way to easily identify Club members in case any fans would need to ask any questions. Although
When will the Masters Practice tickets arrive?
If you were lucky enough to win your practice round tickets in the annual lottery- they will arrive about 5 weeks before the start of the Tournament. If you purchased them from us, they will be waiting for you at Magnolia Manor just like the daily tournament tickets.
How can I become a member of Augusta National?
Membership at Augusta National is via invitation only.
Does the Masters winner get a trophy?
Yes, along with the famous Green Jacket the winner of the Masters receives a replica of the Augusta National Golf Club clubhouse.
What is Amen Corner? Why is it called that?
Amen Corner is the name given to holes 11, 12 and 13. It was originally given the name by Sports writer Herbert Wind in 1958 due to the extraordinary way Arnold Palmer played those holes on the final day of the Tournament. He ended up winning that tournament, his first major, with a ruling that was still being challenged decades later.
Can I get player autographs at the Masters?
Autographs are never allowed on the golf course during practice or tournament days. Autograph seekers can however wait at the practice range and on the Par 3 course during the Tournament.
How are the Masters Tee times and pairing decided?
Any way the Augusta National committee decides. The one traditional pair is between the reigning US Amateur and the reigning Masters Champion in days 1 and 2. The final two rounds of pairing are determined via player score.
Who gets invited to the Masters Tournament?
Former winners of the Masters, Winners of the last five US & British Opens, Winners of the last five PGA & Players Championships, Winner and runner-up from last US Amateur Championship, Winner of last British Amateur Championship, Winner of last Asia Amateur Championship, Several other Amateurs. Top 12 finishers from Last Masters, top 4 finishers in last year's US & British open, Top 4 finishers from last year's PGA Championship, winners of PGA events that give full FedEx cup points. Top 50 golfers in world via Official World Golf Ranking at the end of the last calendar year and from the week prior to the Masters. The committee also reserves to right to invite any international golfer it see fit that has not previously qualified.
Who makes the cut at the Masters Tournament?
Only the Top 50 players plus ties and anyone within 10 stroke of the lead make it to Saturday.
What is the Champions Dinner at the Masters?
The Champions Dinner was started by Ben Hogan in 1952 when Ben arranged for a dinner for all the previous Masters Champions. The dinner was officially created the following year when the Masters committee formalized it.
Where the best spot to watch the players at the Masters?
Ian Jack suggests the grandstand behind the 12th tee. You have to get there early! But when play rolls through it's the best seat on all of Augusta National. You get to see the approach and putting on 11, all of the 12th, and the tee shot coming back on 13. There's also a handy concession stand right behind the bleachers. Bathrooms are also nearby.
Are there any spots on Augusta National that aren't always busy?
Yes- head over to the 10th hole tee box. The 10th drops down through the fairway so you get unobstructed sight lines to the green.
Is there a recommended meeting spot at the Masters?
We suggest that you meet underneath the large scoreboard when you first hit the course. If you try to meet at the concessions or pro shop before that, the huge number of guests can make it hard to find each other. Especially without cell phones! Another possible meet up location is by the oak tree behind Augusta National clubhouse. You'll get a chance to view players, caddies, TV presenters and more as they meet and interact with each other and the fans.
Where's the best place to stay for the Masters?
Well that depends on what you personally are looking for during Masters week. Lots of people love the hustle and bustle of Augusta while others prefer to travel about an hour away to Columbia, SC for a quieter, less busy stay. We at Magnolia Manor would be happy to show you all of our packages from Reynolds Plantation, to Augusta, to Columbia.
What should I get at the Masters Gift Shop?
Lucky you! You get to go to the Gift shop at Augusta National. And naturally all of your friends and family are going to expect that you share the wealth. Some common gifts are Masters tumbler or wine glasses, Masters cuff link, or a Masters beach towel. There's always a plethora of Masters clothing to choose from. (INSIDER TIP: Buy your gift early in the week and when the Masters gifts run out, they're gone for good.
Can I get money at Augusta National?
Yes- Augusta National has several ATMs located on its premises. When you first enter Augusta National through the main walking gate an ATM will be across the walkway from the gift shop.
Can I play golf in Augusta during the Masters?
Of course you can. We offer a variety of golf courses no matter where you choose to stay. Check out our Watch & Play Packages. And don't forget to bring your clubs!
What is the weather like at the Masters?
In early April, Augusta temperatures range from highs around 80 and lows near 50. We recommend a mix of cold gear for night, and warm gear for the course. Always bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
Where should we go to eat in Augusta?
Well we would be happy to make reservations for you any number of restaurants. We can also get you into the best restaurants and bars in town. Please see our Augusta & Columbia Restaurant Guide for more info!