The Masters: Photo of Augusta clubhouse from late 1800s

Augusta National clubhouse in late 1800s. (Getty Images)
Augusta National clubhouse in late 1800s. (Getty Images)
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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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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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