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Augusta National Golf Club: Home of The Masters Golf Tournament

Posted: Jun. 24th, 2009  |  By Carly Zinderman
Luxury Golf Courses: Built by Alister MacKenzie and Bobby Jones back in 1933, the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia, is still one of the top courses in the entire world.

The golf course is located on the site of what was previously Fruitland Nurseries, which had ceased operations in 1918, but many flowering plants and trees remained on the 365- acre property, giving the area an inherent beauty.

The golf club's heritage as a flower plantation has given rise to the tradition of naming each hole after the flower or tree that grows nearby. For example, hole #1 is the Tea Olive, while #9 is known as Carolina Cherry and hole #18 is Holly.

After opening, the golf course began hosting an annual tournament in 1934, the Augusta National Invitation Tournament, which became the Masters Golf Tournament in 1939.

The all-important Masters Tournament, which grants the winner the right to wear the green jacket, is one of the only tournaments held in the same location each year, a tradition started by golf legends Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones, who designed Augusta National with famous course architect Alister MacKenzie.

Golf legends that have won multiple Masters include Jack Nicklaus, who won six times, as well as Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods who have both earned the jacket more than four times.

Augusta National Golf Club was not only built by some of America's greatest golfers, it is also one of the most exclusive clubs in the world, with limited memberships available. The notoriously exclusive golf club even kept Bill Gates out, for publicly admitting that he wanted in. "There may well come a day when women will be invited to join our membership," former Augusta National Golf Club chairman Hootie Johnson said in 2003, "but that timetable will be ours, and not at the point of a bayonet."

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