Everybody should be familiar with Augusta and The Masters, regardless of whether you like golf or not, but how many of these 10 facts about The Masters and Augusta did you know?
From 1934-1938, The Masters was known as the “Augusta National Invitational.” The first tournament, which was won by Horton Smith in 1934, was held on a course that only consisted of nine holes. Today the tournament is best known as “The Masters” and is held at Augusta National Golf Club.
U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower is the only commander-in-chief to have been a member of Augusta National Golf Club as well as being one of its most ardent admirers, playing more than 200 rounds of golf during his time in office. The Eisenhower Cabin, named for him, was built over the course of his two terms and has become a popular retreat for players and their caddies during the tournament’s early rounds.
The Masters has become a symbol of golf’s elite and almost mythical status. It is the most prestigious golf tournament in the world. It is one of the four major championships in men’s professional golf and is the first major of the year.
It is also unique among the majors because it is always played at Augusta National Golf Club, a private course that does not allow public play as well as TV cameras on its grounds until after 3pm on Thursday and Friday. Additionally, it has the smallest field of all four majors; this means that there are fewer competitors and therefore less competition on who gets to advance to each round.
During the month of April, you can’t turn on a television without seeing coverage of The Masters. But what makes this broadcast so special that people are willing to devote an entire weekend to watching grown men play with sticks?
Masters broadcasting is unlike any other sport you’ll find in its commitment to quality. For instance, the tournament only allows 4 minutes of commercial time in every hour, compared to 10 minutes during other tournaments. This means there are more commercials overall—you just get less of them at once.
Did you know that there’s a special place at Augusta National where former champions can relax? In fact, it’s a members-only area, meaning that only former champions can use it. It is the single most exclusive area in the club, and it is by invitation only.
Once you cross through the doors into this room, you will find two rows of lockers. On each locker is a nameplate on the outside identifying which champion used that locker. Each locker has its own wood plaque with the champion’s name on it and a number that corresponds to his score in his winning year. Once inside their locker, players will find an assortment of golfing equipment as well as clothing and shoes provided by Augusta National. There are also several verdant palms located throughout the room for effect, giving it an understatedly luxurious feel.
In 1997, he became the youngest player to win The Masters at 21yrs, 3 months and 14 days old. This was only his second year as a professional! In 2001, he accomplished another record: widest margin of victory by 12 strokes. He holds the second place for youngest champion (22 years) and largest margin of victory (10 strokes).
He has won The Masters four times; 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005.
There were 18 aces between 1934 and 2007. There were no holes-in-one during the first 20 years at Augusta National. The odds of two players getting a hole-in-one on the same hole are 625 million to 1, and the odds of a player making two holes-in-one in one round are 67 million to 1.
The shortest hole to ever be made in one is #12, at just 155 yards. This is not even close to being the longest hole where an ace has been made though as #2 has played host to three different eagles over its storied history… including a double eagle!
The Masters is one of the most exciting and competitive tournaments in golf. Only three members have won back-to-back titles. Jack Nicklaus won in 1965 and 1966. Nick Faldo won in 1989 and 1990. Tiger Woods won in 2001 and 2002.