One of the most legendary events in golf starts this week in Augusta, Georgia….The Masters. Unlike other major golf tourneys, the Masters is one steeped in good ole southern tradition.
The course: Augusta National
The Masters is held on the same course every year- Augusta National- created by the legendary Bobby Jones.
The Green Jacket
Members of the private club have been wearing green jackets to the tournament since 1937. (Although the original jackets were deemed too hot to wear.) Members purchased their jackets from the Brooks Uniform Company in New York. The first Green Jacket awarded to a player given to Sam Sneed in 1949. It signified his membership — for a year — in the ultra-exclusive Augusta National Golf Club.
The Champions Dinner
Officially known as the Masters Club, the tradition of the Master’s Champions dinner was instituted in 1952 by Ben Hogan. Each year since then, the previous Master’s tournament winner has hosted a dinner for the past champions. The event usually is held on the Tuesday prior to the tournament. The winner chooses the menu, and pays for the meal.
Pimento Cheese Sandwiches
What hot dogs are to baseball, the Pimento Cheese sandwich is to the Masters’ at Augusta. There are eight types of sandwiches sold at the Master’s but the Pimento Cheese is the one to get. Although the exact recipe is a secret akin to the secret formula for Coke, it’s made of pimento cheese and many on white bread.
Azaleas and Magnolia Lane
August National sits on the site of a former tree nursery, and is festooned with azaleas, magnolias, and an amazing variety of other trees. Azaleas bloom in that part of the country at about the same time as the tournament is held. Magnolia Lane is the 330 yard road that leads to the clubhouse, which is lined by 61 ancient Magnolia trees.
The Masters Tournament First Round starts this week! Anyone going?
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