Beginners guide to the masters
1) The Opening Major
The US Masters always serves as the opening Major championship of the year. One of four “Major Tournaments” The masters is held at Augusta National GA, and is the only major that does not change venues year to year.
2) The Green Jacket
In 1937 Augusta National presented its members with green jackets to allow patrons to know who to turn to for information. In 1947 Sam Snead was the first winner to be presented with the green jacket, which was a symbol that all winners of the tournament would become honorary members. To this day this tradition still stands and the green jacket is one of the most coveted prizes in golf.
3) The Entrance
As you exit Washington rd. at Augusta GA, and turn into Augusta National golf club, you will be greeted by one of the most famous entrances in golf, Magnolia Lane. Magnolia Lane describes the short road between the gate and the clubhouse which is covered by a canopy of Magnolia trees. As you reach the end of Magnolia lane you will get to a roundabout in front of the clubhouse known as the founders circle, which tends to be one of the most photographed places at Augusta.
4) The Patrons
One thing you may notice when you are watching the masters is that you will never hear a reference to crowd, fans, or spectators. Anyone lucky enough to get into the coveted venue to watch the event shall be known as “Patrons”. For those commentators who accidently or otherwise forget this rule, they tend never to see the inside of Augusta National again.
5) Amen Corner
Amen Corner refers to one of the most known stretches of holes in golf which are the 11th, 12th and 13th at Augusta National. The name was given to these holes in 1958 by Sports Illustrated writer Herbert Warren Wind. The name was given to the holes because of the spectacular way in which the eventual champion that year Arnold Palmer played those holes, and since then the name has not left.
6) The Par 3
There is a very special tradition at Augusta National which takes place on the Wednesday before the tournament on their 9 hole par 3 course. The tournament offers players an opportunity to bring their children, family or spouse inside the ropes to caddy and enjoy the tournament atmosphere and have some fun before the big tournament commences. For the more superstitious players in the field, the par 3 tournament is often something you don’t want to win, as nobody has ever won both the par 3 tournament and the masters in the same year.
7) Rae’s Creek
Rae’s creek and the two bridges that cross it ( Hogan bridge and Nelson Bridge) have become possibly the most famous landmarks at Augusta National. Named after John Rae, the creek itself flows behind the 11th green, in front of the notorious 12th green and then in front of the 13th tee. Rae’s creek has played havoc with many scorecards over the years and has played a pivotal roll in many of the Masters titles over the years
8) The Champions Dinner
Every year on the Tuesday night prior the tournament, all previous winners of the masters get together at the clubhouse to have what’s known as “the champions dinner”. The idea was started in 1952 when ben Hogan suggested and hosted the first dinner. Tradition states that the previous years champion gets to choose the menu for the dinner, and just about every type of food has been on the menu from cheese burgers to haggis.
9) The Big Winners
There have been several multiple masters winners over the years but the king of Augusta to this day is still the Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus with his astounding 6 titles between 1963 and 1986. Jack is followed by Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods who both have 4 victories to their name
10) The Crows Nest
The Crows nest at Augusta National is the room that sits highest on the clubhouse. The crows nest is 1200 sq foot in size and has space for 5 people to lodge there. The tradition at the Masters is that this area is saved for the amateurs who are competing in the tournament to stay. It has also hosted many players over the years who would eventually wear the green jackets later on in their careers as professionals.