Posts Tagged ‘Augusta National Golf Club’

Golf Architects/Designers: George Cobb

Jan 8th
2014

Par-3 Course at Augusta National Golf Club

Born in Savannah, Georgia in 1914, Cobb grew up in a family of golfers. After graduating in 1937 from the University of Georgia with a degree in Landscape Architecture, he served as an engineering officer in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

At Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, he enlisted the help of veteran architect Fred Findlay to construct a golf course on the base to serve as a physical rehabilitation facility. It was likely at that moment that Cobb developed his design philosophy that golf was supposed to heal and to stimulate, not to punish.   But wait, there’s more…

Augusta National admits first women

Aug 27th
2012

For the first time in 80 years of history, the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, the Masters stage, opened its doors to female golfers. When the club inaugurates the new season in October, the former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and financial Darla Moore will be the first to wear green coats, clothing that distinguishes its members and the winners of the second Grand Slam of Golf.

At the beginning of the century, Martha Burke, National Council of Women’s Organizations, lost a fierce media war against alleged sex discrimination evidenced by the club. “You can see the day when the ladies are invited to join our membership list, but in our time and not by the tip of a bayonet”, said, in 2003, the former president of Augusta, Hootie Johnson. And so it was. But wait, there’s more

Environmental Golf Courses #1 – Augusta National Golf Club, USA

Apr 10th
2011

When the Masters Golf Tournament opened at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia this week, all eyes were on green.

Keeping a golf course in top shape has traditionally required large amounts of water, fertilizers, and toxic pesticides that end up running off the land into lakes and rivers and giving golf a bad name.

But, over the past two decades there have been a few game-changers. A rising consumer consciousness about sustainability, an economic recession, and new technologies in turfgrass, sprinkler systems, and carbon-neutral engineering are all helping golf earn a greener reputation.

“People working in golf are really starting to embrace a comprehensive sustainability agenda, and many are looking for ways to reduce unnecessary capital expenditures and ongoing maintenance expenditures,” says Jonathan Smith, CEO of the Golf Environment Organization (GEO), an international non-profit based in Scotland that advocates for and recognizes sustainability in golf. “There’s a return of emphasis towards ecologically and environmentally driven golf development and management, that works closely with the land and ecosystems.”

While Augusta, a 365-acre former indigo plantation, is not officially certified as a sustainable course, it boasts of reduced pesticide, fertilizer, and water use because it uses “natural timing”—meaning that groundskeepers at this elite private course are lucky that the dogwood trees bloom and the Bermuda grasses flourish, for the most part, on their own during tournament season.

“Augusta takes sustainability seriously,” says Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s (GCSAA) Environmental Programs Director Gregory Lyman. “But their product is just different than everyone else’s . .. . each blade of grass has a name.”

See which other golf courses around the globe come in under par in water and energy use, and green design.

Tasha Eichenseher (source – National Geographic – “National Geographic News series on global water issues.

Golf Architects/Designers: Alister MacKenzie

Feb 7th
2011

Alister MacKenzie (August 30, 1870 – January 6, 1934) was a British surgeon, who was internationally known as a golf course architect. During World War I, he also made contributions to military camouflage, which he saw as closely related to golf course design. MacKenzie was born to Scottish parents in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, where he later became a teacher at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. Initially trained as a medical doctor, he served as a surgeon with the Somerset Regiment in South Africa during the Second Boer War.

Alistair MacKenzie was a member of various golf clubs near London. He won a golf design competition organized by The Field, one of the era’s leading magazines, before World War I. He then took an active interest in course improvements at his own clubs, serving on committees for this purpose, and gained fundamental experience in the newly-emerging discipline of golf course design. He charted the Old Course at St. Andrews in great detail, producing a map which remains world-famous to the present day.

Following World War I, MacKenzie left medicine entirely, and began to work instead as a golf course designer in the United Kingdom, in association with Harry Shapland Colt and Charles Alison, with whom he formed the London firm of Colt, MacKenzie & Alison. He excelled at golf course planning. As a golfer himself, MacKenzie often scored in the high 70s to low 80s for 18 holes, but did not play that much golf until he reached adult age. MacKenzie was one of the first people who had not been a leading golfer to become a prominent course designer. But wait, there’s more