With the 2019 Augusta Masters Tournament in full swing, we’d like to share some interesting facts about the First Tournament on the PGA calendar:
Founded by Bob Jones (amateur Champion) and Clifford Roberts (Banker) – they bought a 365-acre property called “Fruitland Nurseries” in Augusta Georgia, 1931. Their vision was to establish a national membership for the club. Jones and Scotsman, Alistair Mackenzie, designed the course. Construction began in 1931, it opened in 1932 and was officially opened in 1933.
2 Former Plant Nursery
As the golf course was a former plant nursery, each hole was named after a plant or shrub. From 1-18, the holes are named as follows:Tea Olive, Pink Dogwood, Flowering Peach, Flowering Crab Apple, Magnolia, Juniper, Pampas, Yellow Jasmine, Carolina Cherry, Camellia, White Dogwood, Golden Bell, Azalea, Chinese Fir, Firethorn, Red Bud, Nandina and the 18th hole, Holly.
An estimated 80,000 plants have been planted since the course was built.
3 The Green Jackets
It is believed that the tradition of these distinctive jackets originated from Clifford Roberts, as he wanted visitors to be able to easily identify members of the club.
Since Sam Snead’s victory in 1949, the winner of each subsequent tournament has received a green jacket. However, membership is not part of the prize. The jackets must stay in the club and only the current Champion can remove his jacket from the club. It must be returned to the club after one year.
4 Champions Dinner
Each year, on the Tuesday of the tournament, there is a Champions Dinner. This dinner is held and hosted by the defending Champion and is for previous Champions and club members only.
5 The Winners
Jack Nicklaus has won the most Masters titles – he was Champion 6 times. He also was the oldest winner at 46 when he won in 1986. The youngest champion to date has been Tiger Woods, he was only 21 when he won in 1997. Woods has won 4 Masters titles.