The Masters: Photo of Augusta clubhouse from late 1800s
The Augusta National clubhouse is one of the great landmarks in golf; it almost was torn down at the beginning.
How haunting and beautiful is this shot from the late 1800s of what would eventually become the clubhouse at Augusta National?
Like we saw yesterday, the property was being cultivated as a nursery long before it became a golf course and according to this article in The A Position the clubhouse was actually built as a manor house in 1854.
That article goes on to outline how Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts actually wanted to tear the clubhouse down, but because they didn't have the money they just refurbished it instead.
The fact that the clubhouse is kind of the axis for the entire tournament -- there's a symmetry about driving up and leaving down Magnolia Lane while playing the course on the other side of the building -- is one of my favorite things about the Masters.
So good on Jones and Roberts for leaving it standing.
Even if they didn't have a choice otherwise.
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