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Eisenhower Cabin at Augusta National
The night before heading to Augusta National, I kept thinking, “Am I really going to get to walk the heavenly and historic grounds of Augusta National tomorrow?
Fortunately, the answer was yes. I was heading there with my father-in-law.
CBS' Jim Nantz always sells the Masters as “a tradition unlike any other,” and even a trip to the “facilities” was unlike anything I'd ever experienced at a sporting event. At the door to each restroom unit stood men and women in green jackets respectively calling up the next patrons in line. However, the greeters in green not only called you up, but also opened the doors and formally greeted you upon entering. Southern hospitality is one thing, but being greeted upon entering the restroom? It was impressive.
Having made our stop at the men's room, it was finally time to make way past the driving range and towards the famed course. Upon walking onto the grounds, I literally felt as if I had walked back in time and into a 1940’s movie set. The scene was surreal. There sat the white Augusta National clubhouse, adorned by an enormous oak tree that had laid witness to decades of golfing history. It was stunning.
Sitting on the grounds of the majestic clubhouse were white tables with vintage green and white umbrellas, furthering the feel of walking back in time. Across from the clubhouse sat the affectionately-named Eisenhower Cabin, having hosted the former President and First Lady during their frequent visits to the property.
Directly in front of the clubhouse stood the historic first tee, where CBS has aired “ceremonial first shots” throughout the years from the likes of Nelson, Nicklaus, Palmer, Sarazen, and Snead. While the hairs on my arms stood thinking about the immense level of history and heritage, I became surprised at the level of simplicity as I continued on the course.