Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most revered golf courses located in the American city of Augusta, Georgia. One of the most exclusive clubs in the world, it has consistently been ranked as one of the top courses in the United States and the world by Golf Magazine.
Southern society folks and corporate Titans, along with Microsoft founder Bill Gates are some of the 300 or so members of Augusta National.
Augusta National is among the highly regarded golf courses on the PGA tour. Designed on the site of Fruitland Nurseries, the exclusive golf course was founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts. The club formally opened for play in 1933 and has been hosting the Masters, an annual tournament since 1934.
The course is famous for its botanic beauty and is lined with beautiful flowering shrubs and very old trees. The flowers are always in full bloom during the tournament and each hole on the course has been named after the shrub or tree with which it is associated. The 18 hole golf course includes 7,270 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. It has an unofficial course rating of 76.2 and a slope rating of 148 according to USGA panel.
The places where some of the most exciting golf has taken place have been nicknamed as Amen Corner. These include the second shot at the 11th, all of the 12th, and the tee shot at the 13th hole. Amen Corner has played host to the heroic escapes of Arnold Palmer in 1958, Byron Nelson's birdie-eagle at 12 and 13 in 1937 and Sam Snead's water save at 12 in 1949.
The greens of Augusta national golf club have been reconstructed with bent grass to result in a faster surface. Crow’s nest has been made available for the amateurs who wish to be housed during the Masters Tournament. The crow’s nest can house up to five individuals. Apart from these, the course has a secret security service cabin called as Eisenhower Cabin. Also, Hogan, Nelson and Sarazen are the bridges that connect the fairway to 12, 13 and 15 holes respectively.
Notable members Notable current members include: 1. Bill Gates, co-founder and chairman of Microsoft 2. Warren Buffett, American Businessman 3. Carl Sanders, former Governor of Georgia 4. Sam Nunn, former United States Senator 5. Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric