Augusta National Golf Club, as exclusive as it is prestigious
I’ve heard so much about the club’s reputation as an institution of golf, the legendary history, the much valued traditions, and along with the famous golf holes, are what make Augusta National Golf Club what it is, a much storied establishment that has not changed very much in the face of the current economic disruption as well as technological breakthroughs.
Augusta National was one of those places I had put down as never having the opportunity to visit. It was way up on top the likes of flying on the Concorde, teeing off a helipad and finding out the truth about the Bermuda Triangle. So when I was offered a very pleasant invite to attend the Masters at Augusta National this year, I had to go over the email more than a few times to make sure it wasn’t some sort of mind-reading spam and then, I had to mask my excitement in my reply email without screaming in full capitals, “YES!! OF COURSE I’D LOVE TO GO!”
It was an unforgettable time for one like me who has played golf for well over a decade, to set foot on hallowed golfing grounds where the likes of Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, Jordan Speith and many others have before. And did I mention that I got to meet and chat with John Solheim, Ping’s Chairman and CEO, shake the hands and had a photograph taken with golfing legends Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson! The icing on the whole experience was to have Carin Koch, an LPGA and Ladies European Tour Pro as well as the captain of the European Team for the 2015 Solheim Cup, take us on a tour around Augusta.
I truly hope that Augusta National retains and remains a pillar of tradition for the many future generations of patrons and golfers to come.