Augusta National Golf Club: Is Augusta the Most Sacred Monument in Sports?
Augusta National Golf Club Seeps Tradition
When you're looking at today's most sacred monuments in sports, the Augusta National Golf Club has to be in the discussion.
Opened in 1933, it's history still firmly remains, the site of the prestigious annual Masters Tournament and home of arguably America's greatest golf course.
Amen's Corner, the second shot at the 11th, all of the 12th, and the tee shot at the 13th, was nicknamed after a jazz song by Chicago's Mezz Mezzrow in the mid-1930s.
The Big Oak Tree, by the clubhouse, was planted in the 1850s.
Eisenhower Tree, on the 17th hole, was the inspiration for President Dwight D. Eisenhower's ire, declaring it be cut down because he would hit it so many times on the golf course.
There's also the Eisenhower Cabin, built by President Eisenhower himself.
There's Hogan Bridge, dedicated to Ben Hogan in 1958 for his 72-hole score of 274 strokes five years earlier, a former course record.
The picturesque Magnolia Lane, 330 yards of driveway lined with 60 magnolia trees (one was felled during a thunderstorm), adds to the prestige of the course.
And don't forget Sarazen Bridge, named after Gene Sarazen for a double eagle in the 1935 Masters Tournament.
There's obviously some competition.
Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and the oldest Major League Baseball stadium still standing (1912), is rich in history.
So is the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field.
But when you're looking at national acclaim, a monument that has stood the test of time and been the source of inspiration for people across the nation, Augusta National Golf Club is arguably the most sacred monument in sports.
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