Augusta (also known
as Augusta-Richmond County) is a consolidated city in the U.S. state of
Georgia. Augusta is the principal city of the Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan
Statistical Area, which as of 2008 had an estimated population of 534,218.
Augusta is thus the second largest city in Georgia and the second-largest
metro area in the state after Atlanta, as well as the 113th largest city
in the U.S. Internationally, Augusta is best known for hosting The Masters
golf tournament each spring, and for being the hometown of funk singer
National Golf Club: A Beautiful Golf Course by Paul.Goodguy
The Augusta national golf
club has been the location of the well known and highly televised Masters
Tournament. The course is located in Augusta Georgia and has be placed
on land that used to be a tree nursery.
An elegant designed golf
course for those with the skill to enjoy.
The Augusta national golf
club is adorned with mature trees, flowers, as well as shrubs and every
hole has the name of a tree or a shrub that is located on the hole. In
the early days it stood out from the rest of the golf courses due to the
small number of bunkers it contained, compared to other golf courses. The
widths of the fairways on the course were also different from the other
professional quality courses.
Design changes to the
Over the years architects
have made changes to the course such as placing more bunkers, decreasing
the contours of the greens and placing more trees on the course. The creation
of serveral rough areas made the course more challenging.
The greens at the Augusta
course had a long tradition of being made from traditional Bermuda grass.
In 1981, they were changed to being made from bent grass, which provides
a faster surface on the green. This was the deciding factor for the decrease
in the contours that were placed on the green.
Members of the Augusta national
golf club are probably familiar with the large oak tree that is located
on the course and is thought to be over 140 years old.
The Eisenhower tree is a
solid pine tree, which is situated on the 17th hole of the course.
Historians of the course
claim that the tree was hit with a golf ball numerous times, (to his disgust)
by President Eisenhower, and so he recommended that the tree be removed.
The chairman of the course at the time did not want to have to ignore the
recommendation of the President, however he decided the best thing to do
was close the meeting.
The course also has Ike's
Pond, which was named after General Eisenhower. He had taken a walk in
the woods on a distance portion of the club grounds, and advised the chairman
of the club that he had found a great place to include a pond. The pond
was built based on his recommendation.
I believe the chairman's
job was an extremely diplomatic role ,with so many top names of politics
and high ranking officials. It allowed its first African-American member
The Augusta course is one
of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, for both professionals
and the weekend players. I highly recommend it if for only to pick out
the specific icons mentioned here, and to identify how they arrived on