The Augusta National Golf Club, is one of the most famous golf courses in the world. It opened in 1933 and a year later played host to the prestigious Masters Tournament, which is still hosted at the course to this day. Augusta National is a private men’s golf club with exclusive membership and is not open to the public. The course design has received many honors over the years and is constantly ranked in the top 100 courses in the world. Continue reading to find out who designed this most famous course.
Who designed Augusta National?
After retiring in 1930 the famous amateur golfer Bobby Jones wanted to create an exclusive golf course where he could play golf with his friends in relative privacy. In 1931 he purchased the land for the course and convinced renowned British golf course designer Alister MacKenzie to work with him to design the course. The two worked together to design the course and it was open for play just 2 years later.
Since it opened in 1933 Augusta National has undergone many design changes, including the lengthening of many of the holes. Today the course is very different from the original design and many of the features designed by MacKenzie have been modified in some way.
Did you know?
Each hole on the course is named after a tree or shrub that is associated with the hole in some way. For example, hole 4 is known as “Flowering Crab Apple” and hole 11 is known as “White Dogwood.”
Alister MacKenzie designed some of the most famous golf courses in the world including Royal Melbourne in Australia, Cypress Point in California and Crystal Downs in Michigan. He designed golf courses on 4 continents!