AUGUSTA, Georgia — The fairways and tees at Augusta National Golf Club are the greenest.
The dogwoods and azaleas have the most vibrant and attractive blossoms.
And the ponds that surround some of golf’s most famous holes are painted in picture-book hues.
Natural beauty and natural timing are only two of the reasons that golf fans “ooh” and “ahh” every year when they come at the Masters Tournament.
Key officials at Augusta National say that, contrary to common belief, the club does not use large amounts of fertilizer or pesticides to maintain its beauty. Contrary to popular belief, this is not the case.
In 2012, then-club chairman Hootie Johnson said, “At Augusta National Golf Club, we are concerned about the environment.” “Our devotion to the environment is exemplified by a state-of-the-art irrigation system and a primarily therapeutic rather than preventative mindset.”
It all starts with a cutting-edge maintenance facility. Meeting and training rooms, a store area, a soil lab, and an on-site weather station are all available to assist the club in dealing with any issue. Outside, an equipment wash rack and a water recycling system keep undesirable chemicals at bay.
Here’s all you need to know about the course:
Augusta National is a golf club that is only open for a few months each year.
The course closes in May and reopens in October to avoid excessive wear and tear during Augusta’s humid, subtropical climate’s prime summer months.
This is the time of year when the course is being improved and constructed. The course’s renowned greens are treated with extreme care and attention. Because they are bentgrass, a cool-season grass, special attention is paid to them during the summer.
The tees and fairways of Augusta National are Bermuda grass, but they are overseeded with rye grass every fall.
Is it true that flowers are frozen to ensure that they blossom in time for the Masters?
It would be nearly hard to do so with such a vast land. The 365-acre Augusta National Golf Club is home to thousands of flowers and plants. There are about a thousand azaleas on the 13th hole alone.
The majority of the plant varieties, such as dogwoods and azaleas, bloom around the time of the tournament in the spring.
Augusta National Golf Club and Masters Tournament co-founder Bobby Jones collaborated on the course with Alister Mackenzie. Mackenzie was Scottish, but Jones was drawn to two courses he had developed in California, Pasatiempo and Cypress Point.
The key point of agreement was that a design did not have to be criminal. Jones’ ideal course would be strategic and full of possibilities for players of all skill levels, according to the designers.
Mackenzie died before the course was fully covered with grass, according to Clifford Roberts, who co-founded the club with Jones. It was dubbed the “World’s Wonder Inland Golf Course” by Mackenzie.
In The Story of the Augusta National Golf Club, Roberts stated, “He was quite willing, however, to declare the course to be his best, and he did so a number of times.” “It’s a pity Mackenzie didn’t come to this country sooner or lived another 10 years!”
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